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Use Pre-Employment Aptitude Tests to Find Your New Employees Faster

by Carmen Fisher

If you are trying to find a skilled and qualified employee from all of your potential candidates, it can be hard to know if they have what you are looking for. Fortunately, there are pre-employment aptitude tests that can help you to whittle down your potential candidates to those who are serious and have the skills you want.

An aptitude test is something your company can require job-seekers to take before offering them an interview. These tests are designed to give you as an employer a sneak peek into the kind of person you are interviewing and how they will fit into your company. 

There are several different types of aptitude tests, some of which are as follows.

The DISC Personality Profile Test

Personality tests can be extremely useful in the work field. for example, as an employer, wouldn't you like to know how your future customer service representative handles being yelled at? While this test is just a prediction of how a person is, it can be extremely useful in figuring out how your employees think and respond to certain situations. With a personality test profile, you should be able to figure out what kind of person you are working with. 

Situational Judgment Tests

Situational judgment tests can help you to know how an employee will respond when placed in a difficult situation. For example, if they see a fellow employee doing something illegal, would they approach the person or call the cops? These situations can be sometimes hard to work through, so a discussion of how you would like them to respond following hiring is still essential. 

Language Exams

If you are hiring someone for a position where their literacy is essential, it is appropriate to ask them to take a language exam. Some of these exams are designed to make sure that someone's English is proficient, while others will check their grammar and spelling. Keep in mind that sometimes people get nervous on exams and may make silly mistakes. Try to give people the benefit of the doubt. 

In conclusion, a pre-employment aptitude test may be just what you need to get a better picture of who you are hiring. Instead of working harder by interviewing what may feel like thousands of candidates, work smarter by having all candidates take aptitude tests. That way if the people who will not make the cut will be whittled down, leaving you real options as candidates. Good luck in your search to find great employees.