Alumni Career Services

Pre-employment Testing

Many employers are using pre-employment tests or assessments to help in the hiring process. Pre-employment testing is not only designed to help an employer select an employee, it is also meant to help predict a good fit.

Types of Pre-employment Tests 

  • Skill/Knowledge/Ability
  • Personality Assessments
  • Job Simulations
  • Situational Judgment
  • Mental Ability
  • Integrity/Honesty
  • Attitude/Preference 

Preparing for a Test 

  • Take the test seriously, these tests can make or break your candidacy.
  • Brush up on skills that may be tested. 
  • Exercise your brain using puzzles or brain teasers to prepare for logic tests. 
  • Get plenty of sleep the night before.
  • Dress professionally, as you would for any interview. 
  • Do not try to prepare for a personality test. 

Taking the Test 

  • Tests can be administered via paper-and-pencil formats, using a computer and/or the internet, or in person with a hiring manager, human resources or a third party. Be prepared for all scenarios.
  • Don't try to "game" a personality test, some tests are designed to identify inconsistencies.
  • In tests designed to gain insight into your work style or personality, keep in mind that there are no right or wrong answers.
  • Take your time, unless the test is timed.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for clarification.

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