Every candidate wants to make a powerful first impression to score the job.

If you’re out there in the job market, you may be required to write a candidate pre-employment assessment. A pre-employment assessment will aid a potential employer to gauge your suitability for the role – for which you are applying. There are a multitude of test-types that will help to determine how you’ll function within a particular position, get along with the team and even pinpoint your skill sets. Information provided in resumes is generally somewhat exaggerated. Hence, employers use pre-employment assessments to verify certain aspects.


So here’s what you need to know….


What exactly is a Pre-Employment Assessment?

  • A pre-employment assessment is an analysis that is used to measure capabilities and personality traits, that determine a candidate’s suitability – for a particular position.
  • The tests are developed according to a scientific method and are designed to be objective and unbiased.
  • pre-employment assessments help hiring managers determine whether a candidate has the skills, work style, knowledge, or personality to succeed within a particular role.

Types of Pre-Employment Assessments…

There are several types of pre-employment assessments that you may face. While you can prepare for some of them, there will be times when you must think on your feet. Common types of screenings include the following…


  • Simulation-based Assessment

These use on-the-job scenarios to help reveal the thinking and decision-making styles of candidates. You’ll likely be given a real scenario or business problem the company has faced and asked how you would handle it.


  • Psychometric Assessments

These are used to measure mental capabilities and behavioural style but have no right or wrong answers.


  • Aptitude Tests

Not to be confused with skills tests, aptitude tests measure critical thinking and problem-solving skills. They also help employers gauge how fast you learn and how well you’ll perform.


  • Skills Tests

These assessments try to determine your capabilities on specific job skills. In other words, skills tests measure the abilities you say you have.


  • Personality Assessments

Personality assessments measure personality traits in work settings, such as stress tolerance, pro-activity, and service orientation. These tests specifically measure the things about you, that don’t change (like honesty or empathy). There are no right or wrong answers but scoring high on certain traits can help predict if you’ll be happy in a certain job and thus a good fit for the company.


  • Business Case Studies

Commonly called “a project”. Business case studies, give you practical problems that the business is facing (hypothetical or real) that you must solve. This provides the employer insight into your work style and gauges whether you can do the job.


So Why Should a Potential Employee Write One?

Pre-employment assessments are based on hiring and retention case studies. The valuation indicates how closely a potential candidate will match the hiring requirements. This helps reduce the risk of wrong hiring decisions and improves the quality of the company’s hiring.

The assessments are normative, which enable the employers to conduct a comparative evaluation of different candidates and find the best fit for the role. Pre-employment assessments also have proven scientific reliability, and the score can be used as a strong indicator for the candidate’s future job performance.


What is a Pre-Employment Assessment used for?

And what are employers trying to understand when you are asked to complete one…?
  • Companies use pre-employment assessments to make good hiring decisions, often during the early parts of the interview process.
  • pre-employment assessments save employers time when hiring, ensure they hire the most qualified employees and minimize the time and money spent training new hires.

So, if you’re looking for a new role, keep in mind that you may be asked to complete a pre-employment assessment to determine your suitability for the position.

We hope this has helped to answer some of your questions and better prepare you for anything the job market may throw at you! Remember, if you ever need help with gearing up for an interview – we’re always here to assist.

Until next time…

Stay Human,

Ntsumi HR

More about Ntsumi HR Partners and our Founder.

Ntsako Maswanganyi is the founder and director of Ntsumi HR Partners. (Pty) Ltd and has over 15 years Africa-wide, multi-industry Human Resource experience.

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