Skill tests play a critical role in your hiring processes but are not always tailored to your needs. They're often outsourced or done in-house on paper, and this makes manual grading difficult. Not to mention the candidate experience, which will suffer. But what if you could automate and create your own tests online? Introducing the Test Builder.
#1. Skills assessments for applicants
Skill tests are important in the hiring process. Simply reading over an applicant’s résumé and calling them in for an interview is usually not enough to determine whether they're the right person for the job. So how can you be sure that your future employees have the skills needed for a given position? By ensuring that your judgment is objective, skill testing makes it possible to sort out your applicants and identify which ones have the technical and behavioral skills most similar to the ones you’re looking for. These tests rely on a grading, scoring, or feedback system combined with an evaluation grid. However, since different companies have different levels of requirements, skill tests may look like a pile-up of solutions to hiring managers, and make the applicant experience tedious and somewhat confusing. This is why it’s important to harmonize your evaluation processes and make the applicant experience more enjoyable with user-friendly online testing.
Naturally, whether it’s hiring for the corporate world or admissions for colleges and universities, standardized skill tests allow for more fair and equal evaluation.
#2. In-house skills assessments
Did you know that according to the annual Deloitte HC Trends Report, 90% of organizations have skills gaps, particularly because 67% of companies have trouble finding the skills they need? Evaluation is therefore important not just for hiring processes, but also for in-house skills management strategies. As such, it is essential to be able to ensure that the training dispensed is effective. To do so, skill tests can be conducted beforehand, in order to tell what level the employees are at and decide on a useful training plan, and afterward, to measure the ROI. This process would necessarily lead to the creation of a skills map. At Easyrecrue, for instance, we use online testing to certify new employees after their onboarding week.
#3. What types of tests, for which skills?
There are many skill tests out there, but they generally fall into three categories:
- Technical tests (or psych testing): these tests evaluate technical skills through logical or verbal capabilities. They generally use a multiple-choice or business case format; the goal is to put the candidates into a scenario they would face on the job. Some of these tests are unique to particular occupations, such as those which require technical knowledge, language fluency, or writing talents, for instance.
- Personality tests: these tests highlight the candidate’s behavioral skills, or soft-skills. There are no “right answers”; the goal is simply to determine whether a candidate’s personality traits are those expected in order to advance within the job or company.
- Cognitive aptitude test: these tests evaluate skills-acquisition mechanisms (memory, attention, deductive reasoning, etc.), with the goal being to foresee how the future employee could advance within the job and company.
#4 Benefits of custom digital testing
For many businesses, tests have historically been done on paper, or through outside contractors. The direct consequences include high costs and boilerplate tests. As an indirect consequence, test invitations and evaluations must be handled manually. With the health crisis, it has become even more difficult to get applicants together for in-person testing sessions.
As the digitalization of hiring processes is in full swing, we've developed a solution that can both create and customize your skills tests so that applicants can take them online, while also enabling access to an automatic results analysis to save time on applicant evaluation.
#5. How does the Test Builder work?
Besides taking little time to set up and being easy to learn, the Test Builder makes it possible to create fully customized tests. Here are the three main steps:
- Creating a custom questionnaire on the platform
- Automatically inviting candidates to take the test online
- Automatically evaluating the candidates and grading each section
You can also set up automatic invitations to another test if the candidate gets a passing grade on the previous one.
What type of questionnaire?
We’ve chosen to go all-out with customization by enabling the hiring manager to choose the format for both questions and answers. For a more enjoyable candidate experience and less daunting tests, it’s possible to ask the question in a video, or illustrate a question with a video or image. The answer can also be done by video or in writing. Traditional multiple-choice questions are also a possibility, as are business cases, because a candidate can be asked to work on a file that they download.
The questionnaire can also be written from an existing template. In short, there are many options, and you’re sure to find the right ones for your skills tests.
What’s it like for the candidate?
With the new restrictions brought about by COVID-19, remote testing will be greatly preferred. This way, 100% online tests can be taken whenever and wherever is best for the candidate. Navigating between questions is easier, so that users can go back and forth between the various questions.
To see what the candidate experience is like, why not try the solution for yourself?
You can try out the solution with a few movie-themed questions (2 min)