Online Assessments

Skills Tests

Measure your candidates’ ability across a variety of fields with our range of skills tests.

Determine skill levels

What are Skills Tests?

These assessments measure both the soft skills and hard skills that are beneficial in a professional setting to determine a potential hire’s suitability for the job position.

Skills tests—otherwise known as skills assessments, ability tests, aptitude tests, professional skills tests, and more—are online assessments used by organisations to accurately determine an individual’s skill level within a particular field or career. An employer will use the results of skills assessments to determine a prospective recruit’s potential to perform the duties required of the job.

These tests of aptitude are widely used for roles of a particular specialism, or whose job descriptions carry an easily quantifiable skill-set. As these types of assessments are standardised, they allow for a simple, objective comparison of applicants. They are also an effective way of identifying current employees’ needs for further training and development.

When used as pre-employment tests, they effectively filter large amounts of applicants. The assessment criteria used by skills assessments provide a realistic overview of a role, so they can be used consistently as a means of measuring key, job-specific indications of performance. Questions in skills assessments typically have right and wrong answers, making them easily markable by employers.

By testing an applicant’s skills alongside their CV and interview, employers will make recruitment decisions that are insightful and informed.


Types of Skills Tests

Skillsarena groups all of the tests into modules by skill and industry - we offer many different aptitude and skills tests, covering a wide range of skills, industries and verticals. These assessments include those related to logic, such as Aptitude Tests, Verbal Reasoning Tests, Numerical Reasoning Tests and more, Core Skills Tests, which assess knowledge-based, non-specific skills of potential or existing employees, and role-specific assessments, including those designed for legal, clerical, and finance professionals, as well as many others.

Streamlining Recruitment

Why use Skills Tests?

Using aptitude tests for skills as part of your standard recruitment process enables you to objectively measure and select applicants based on their suitability for the role. The more suitable they are, the higher the chance of them being successful within your organisation.

Small Cost for a Large Reward

Aptitude tests do not require a large amount of investment; for the cost of around 0.06% of an average salary, you are much more likely to find a new hire who is a good fit for the position – a return on investment that is more than significant.

Filter Unsuitable Applicants

58% of hiring managers have said they have caught out a lie on an applicant’s CV. When recruiting in high volumes, aptitude tests can reduce the amount of work on the part of the hiring manager and the number of face-to-face interviews that will need to be booked, as they will only have to assess candidates who were qualified enough to pass the test.

Save Time

Assessing many candidates’ abilities to perform various disparate aspects of a job role would be an extremely time-consuming process for both candidate and employer if each interview were conducted face-to-face or over the phone. Many of these abilities can be tested through pre-employment skills testing instead, at the candidate’s leisure. This way, you will not waste precious time interviewing candidates who are simply unable to do the job.

Make Decisions Based on Quality

Even the most experienced hiring managers sometimes cannot escape the gut feeling they have about particular candidates, even when simply reading a CV. Unfortunately, in many cases, this inclination can lead to the elimination of a candidate who is qualified for the job and would have made an excellent fit. Skills assessments allow hiring managers to avoid unconscious bias in the hiring process and focus on what matters – what a potential employee can bring to the table.

Most of the time, recruitment is costly, and most companies underestimate its expense by 90-95%. Skills assessments will allow you to streamline the lengthy, often painstaking process of recruitment.

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