The Power of Culture Assessments in Hiring

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Assessments & Personality Tests in Hiring: A Great Combination

School is done and that means no more tests, right? Wrong! These days, employers are using a lot of pre-employment assessments long before you even get to an interview. And before you start grumbling about having to do these types of tests, keep in mind that they aren’t just good for the employer, but good for you too! 

Here are some types of assessments required of job candidates and why you need them. 

Why You  Need Assessment Tests

We know that companies are trying to find the best employee for the job, but doing assessments can be helpful for you as well. Here’s just some of the reasons why you need them as well:

  • To make sure you have the skills and knowledge they need–no one wants to be in a job they can’t excel at.
  • To see if you have a cultural fit–this includes personality tests and emotional intelligence tests among others and these can help you learn more about yourself in the process, including your strengths and weaknesses. And when you have a better understanding of yourself, you can better sell your strengths!

Types of Assessments

The types of assessments you may take can vary by industry and company goals. For example, a company hiring a computer programmer may test for coding skills while a non-profit may hire based on cultural fit. Now let’s take a look at some of the assessments that are utilized by a wide variety of companies and industries.

You Got Skills!

Skills tests are probably one of the most widely used and well-known pre-employment assessments because they are both objective and reliable. These test whether you have the skills needed to perform the job you are applying for. These skills can be soft skills, like critical thinking, or hard skills, such as a writing assignment. 

A Master at Work

Some jobs require some pretty specialized knowledge and if that is the case, you might find yourself taking what is known as an achievement or mastery test. This measures your expertise in a certain area, assessing your current knowledge, rather than your learning ability. Examples of companies that might use this type of test include a law firm or an investment firm.

Cognition Ignition

Work should challenge us to keep us interested and feeling personally fulfilled, but a lot of companies want to know about your cognitive skills, including your problem-solving skills, reasoning, memory and perception. These tests are often in a multiple choice or true/false format but you might also get some short-answer questions too. These cognitive tests can be IQ tests or general aptitude assessments (verbal, mathematical and logic skills, and thinking). These not only evaluate your current knowledge, but also your ability to learn new things. 

Emojis IRL

Relationships with co-workers and higher-ups are important so an employer may assess your emotional intelligence, especially if the job you are applying for requires strong interpersonal skills or leadership. This measures your own self-awareness, empathy, and your ability to manage emotions and relationships. Questions might ask you how you would respond to certain emotional situations or sensitive problems–but we don’t recommend answering in emojis…

Labor of Love

Integrity tests measure a job candidate’s honesty and dependability. Companies will use this type of assessment when hiring for positions that require high levels of reliability and responsibility. Some companies that might use an integrity test include banks, child care facilities, security companies and home healthcare agencies. 

Pump it Up!

Some jobs require a certain amount of physical labor, such as those that require heavy lifting or standing for long periods of time (think construction, package carrier companies or firefighting). In this case, a company will employ a physical ability test, sometimes just called a physical, that you would need to pass in order to be hired. Some things you might be tested on include: balance, flexibility, muscular power and tension, muscular endurance and cardiovascular endurance. 

Back to Basics

A few other assessments companies might employ, that you’ve probably heard of already, include: medical exams, drug tests, background checks and credit checks. 

Two Peas in a Pod

One of the more recent types of tests that employers are utilizing are personality tests. This measures the candidate’s interests, motivations, preferences, and interactions and can help determine if the applicant will fit in with the workplace culture. You’ve probably heard of personality tests like Myers-Briggs (known for the 16 types of personalities), but there is one personality test that is designed to evaluate soft skills and give personality insights and that is Workzinga! We like to think of our personality test as the Tinder for the work world. Both companies and job seekers take our test and then we pair you up with companies that are looking for people with your skills and personality. Not only does it help you stop wasting time applying for jobs that just won’t work out in the end, but you might also learn a little something about yourself!