Assessment-taking tips

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Pre-employment assessments cover lots of areas, from how you’d manage a team, to whether you can use Microsoft Excel. In this section, you'll find tips for acing almost any pre-employment assessment that’s placed in front of you.

Assessment-taking tips

When you take an assessment in school, you’re usually studying math, science or reading. Now, just imagine taking a group of them, named "assessments", not on Civil War or Algebra, but an entirely different topic: You.

Pre-employment assessments cover lots of areas, from how you’d manage a team to whether you can use Microsoft Excel. While some employers skip assessments altogether, others use them to see just what you’re made of. 

 

Here are some tips for acing any pre-employment assessment that’s placed in front of you. Young African American sitting at desk man taking a test

  • Read assessment instructions more than once
  • Ask for a time limit – and follow it
  • Read each question very carefully
  • Take practice assessments you find on the Internet
  • Expect questions with more than one right answer
  • Bone up on your job skills before the exam
  • Get lots of sleep the night before
  • Prepare to take assessments when you go for your interview
  • If you have a question about the assessment, ask it
  • Go over your answers after you’ve finished

Passing pre-employment assessments is just as important as nailing the interview. If you want the best results, put yourself in your employer’s shoes when you answer the questions. Here is a sample assessment you can take now to help prepare you for the future: Sample Personality Assessment.

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