Pre-Employment Skills Testing: The Benefits

Pre-Employment Skills Testing The Benefits to employers types of skills test available

Why Should Employers Use Pre-Employement Skills Testing

Testing candidates can play an important role in the recruitment process. It can give you an insight into the way that the candidate thinks, their skills and their fit into the business. As well as helping narrow down the most suitable applicants, by disqualifying those who do not meet your criteria.

There are many different types of tests that you can use and each have their own strengths and weaknesses. However, this can make it difficult to know which test to use, so we hope the guide below helps.

Psychometric Testing

These are scientific tests that assess the candidate’s behavioural style. They work to understand how people think, including their ability to make decisions and retain information that they are given.

This is the test that you would use understand how the applicant fits into your business, for example, they help to understand how the applicant may tackle a task- are they more analytical thinkers who get to the point fast or creative thinkers that explore different options to solving problems.

Skills Testing

Skills testing is very useful, as it assesses a candidate’s ability to complete a task. It can be broken down into testing soft skills, such as attention to detail, or hard skills like typing speed or packing speed. Sometimes, you can include things like manual handling understanding within skills test.

Aptitude Testing

These are tests that focus on skills that are universally needed in all roles, like numeracy and literacy understanding. They aim to test the applicants basic understanding of that subject.

All of these tests are useful because they can be used in a range of industries and suit both online and hard copy formats. Making them suitable for any recruitment campaign.


Although testing can be very useful. It can also be a time-consuming process as the candidates need to submit the evidence, which can be a test or presentation, and then you’ll need to evaluate all the results. When it’s an online test it is a little easier, as the software does all of this for you. But, you should also consider the applicant’s personality and other behavioural traits too. As relying too much on what the score is can further hamper the recruitment process – especially if a lot of applicants found your test hard.

At Regional we use ISV skills testing to assess our candidate’s aptitude and skills abilities. These are incredibly useful as it is online and they have pre-made tests for a range of skills, Including; customer service, Excel, manual handling and health and safety. Furthermore, we provide this free of charge as part of our service.

Get in touch with us to find out more about our candidates and how we can help you recruit the best people for your business.

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