Tests are a powerful tool in the recruitment process, providing information about the candidate that interviewing and reference checking alone cannot. They can also help you distinguish clearly and objectively between candidates. Properly used tests can dramatically improve your chances of selecting the right person.

A wide range of ability and aptitude tests are available to measure general problem solving ability including verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning, spatial and mechanical reasoning as well as specific clerical skills.

There are many different assessment tools and testing procedures available. Some require you to be specifically trained at to administer the tests and report on their uses. This can be costly. Others you can buy off the shelf. A full range of psychometric and skills testing is available through www.hughesdirect.com

1. Ability tests

Ability tests are among the most useful and valid tools available for predicting success in jobs and training across a ...

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