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Candidate testing

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It is not uncommon nowadays for an employer to ask candidates to complete some form of testing either before or after an interview before offering them a job. You should always check whether an employer is going to test your customer so that they know in advance.

The types of tests can vary widely.

Some can be practical and directly related to the job, examples of which might be:

• A wiring test for someone applying for a job as a technician.
• Asking you to sell something to the interviewer or interviewing panel, if you are applying for a sales job.
• A typing test for anyone where speed and accuracy of typing is a must.
• A spelling test for a job where spelling is of importance i.e. secretarial, proof reading.
• A visual accuracy test - for where being able to pay attention to detail is important. (Picker/packers are often asked to undertake this type of test.)

For some jobs the testing process can involve one or more exercises which may include a psychometric test, a reasoning test, either verbal and/or numerical or another combination. It is common to be tested in a variety of areas.

If the prospective employers confirms that they will be asking for tests to be completed, it is reasonable to ask what the test is or what it involves. This will offer some opportunity for practice and preparations.

There are a number of websites that will help prepare:

Typing speed

If your customer is likely to encounter some of the reasoning tests, either at interview or on line before or after interview, practice is essential as individual scores and times can be much improved..

There are some excellent practice tests available online, such as this one,  and these will help your customer hone their skills for when the real test comes. And ask your customer to try this one from one of the largest providers of the tests themselves.

This site provides helpful information and guidance about testing.

This site is for help and information only. It is not meant as an authoritative guide. It is not meant as an authoritative statement of the law, and future changes in the law and other programmes and initiatives could make it less accurate at times. TAEN, the Department for Work and Pensions and the European Social Fund take no responsibility for your use of the information. You should always take professional advice on any specific legal or financial matter.