Computer skills tests are popular amongst employers who want to make sure their job applicants are qualified to work with computers. There are many different types of computer tests used in the pre-hire process, including basic skills tests and micro-skills tests (i.e. specific tests on Excel, Outlook, Photoshop, etc.). But for many employers, computer knowledge seems universal, so they might feel inclined to forgo basic skills tests in favor of more software-specific tests.
As a pre-employment testing provider, we offer both general aptitude and personality tests, as well as micro-skills tests such as typing tests and computer skills assessments. We’ve written about some of the differences between general tests and more specific tests, and we’ve found that many people continue to have misconceptions about the profound differences between general and specific tests, both in terms of the science behind them and the types of results companies should expect from them.
How can you tell if your job applicants have what it takes to succeed in a particular position? There are so many factors that go into a hiring decision, and resumes can only tell you so much. Resumes are notoriously unreliable, with research suggesting that up to 78% of resumes contain misleading statements, while 46% contain actual lies. Similarly, your candidates’ work experience and educational background aren’t a guarantee that they possess critical thinking skills or problem solving ability, and these factors have been shown to be poor predictors of future job performance. Sometimes the best way to dig deeper into what your candidates can actually do is by testing their abilities.