Today is National Smoke and Mirrors day. Smoke and Mirrors is a popular idiom for deceptive behaviour, or an action with an insubstantial explanation or description. Although the source of the name is from magicians due to their many illusions, the candidates you are hiring could be hiding behind smoke and mirror descriptions on their CVs, based on the fact they can write anything and may not be questioned on it, even if what they’re claiming isn’t necessarily the truth. But how can you tell if they are actually able to do all the things they say they can?

smoke & mirrors on CV

There are, of course, ways to prove that the skills and traits that candidates claim to have are true and that it would be of benefit to your business to hire them. One of the ways of doing this is by using skills testing to ensure they actually have the skills needed to thrive in the position and are able to complete the tasks that would be required in their job role.

Using Skill Tests to Assess Candidates

Skillsarena offers a range of Online Skill Tests covering a vast array of sectors and job industries including Call Centre Tests, Retail Tests, Accountancy & Finance, Industrial and Housing sector specific tests. These are ideal at testing a broad range of skills needed in roles in each of these industries. Not only that but we also provide more general tests that can be used to assess candidates such as Mathematics & Numeracy, English Language & Literacy, and Microsoft Office Simulation Tests to ensure the core skills for most roles in any industry are covered.

As well as having these tests pre-built and ready, Skillsarena also offer the option to Create your Own bespoke tests, giving you the complete freedom to create tests from scratch for your specific requirements. This will ensure the skills candidates say they have, match with their real abilities giving you a rounded view of whether they would be able to fulfil the job role to a high standard.

Skills Testing candidates you are reviewing for hiring, allows you to see past any smoke and mirrors that candidates may try to use in their CV by allowing you to get a true understanding of their skills and communication style to ensure they are the perfect fit for your business.

Why not visit the website, to find out more about the Online Skills Tests we offer and their benefits, or give Vicki a call on 0203 693 2201