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Tests and Evaluation Programs commonly used by Human Resources Managers
Evaluation tests are now far more commonly used in ordinary job selection than a few years ago.One of the reasons is that these tests have become more predictive and more sophisticated. The other reason is also that human resources and other employing managers like to have their views and opinions about an employee confirmed by something they can claim to be impartial. Making an employment mistake can be, directly and indirectly, expensive. It is, therefore, quite logical, that one should use tools which reduce the risk of placing the wrong person into the wrong position.
Being confronted with one of these tests can be intimidating and it is therefore a good thing to have a cursory understanding about the aims of the tests and what they actually tell the tester. You should remember that pre employment screening tests and employee assessment solutions, help companies connect employment decisions with business results. Most of these tests follow the standards of industrial-organizational psychology. It is said, that assessment testing accurately predicts on-the-job performance and generally supports fair hiring practices. These tests can range from simple online personality test or extensive interview guides, and are employment aids trusted by more than 10,000 organizations worldwide, including over 100 of the Fortune 500 companies.
There are many sites that offer free evaluation tests which you can try. Some of the best ones we found was on the site of monster. But there are others which we have noted below.
There are other free tests around and if we find some good ones we will add them here.
|Test Your Temperament
Employers and prospective employees want to know what kind of job a potential employee is suited for. Are there programs that help employers select the "right person" for the "right job?"
Obviously there are, and we all have come across them. Whether it is an IQ test, a temperament test or a specific skill evaluation for a narrowly defined job or academic evaluation, at one stage or another in our life, we have done them.
Knowing your temperament helps in your search for a career or job. Though it serves primarily as a guide, rather than giving fixed answer. Temperament is almost analogous to "culture" in terms of influence. If You are of certain culture, then you will tend to feel most comfortable in your culture, and you can operate well in that culture. This does not mean that you cannot be happy and prosperous living in a culture that isn't your original culture. The same is true with your career or job, you can find happiness and satisfaction in many careers or jobs that are not "natural" ones for your temperament. On the other hand, if you aren't happy or you don't think you are as effective as you could be in your current situation, then it would be useful in examining the match between your temperament and your current job or career.
A good resource for examining your interests, job, and career is the book What Color is Your Parachute (available from amazon.com - see the links on the right). Although, it does not directly deal with Temperament Theory, it is probably the best guide and resource for career and job hunters.
You can take the Keirsey Temperament
Sorter Test, available in different languages by clicking
on the Link. It includes an instant free evaluation. For
a more thorough evaluation you would have to purchase one
of the books. They are all highly recommended.
Specific Tests from AnalyzeMyCareer
The group also offers Occupational Interest Assessment which identifies the type of career interests that you have. The system develops this career profile by presenting you with different types of careers, which you must rank in order of your preference.
There is also an Entrepreneurial Index Test that analyzes entrepreneurial qualities by building a Career Profile and a Psychological Profile of the candidate. 1000s of leading entrepreneurs have been helped to better understand their capabilities using this assessment.
You can subscribe to Expert Opinions which enables you to analyze all dimensions of your career choices - an Occupational Interest Inventory, a Personality Test and Aptitude tests are combined into one package saving you over 35% off the cost of the individual components.
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|Some Books on Testing from amazon.com|
Vermont Career Resource Network
This is an on-line Career Assessment Center operated by the Vermont Department of Employment and Training. The site offers a number of free aptitude tests or links to tests on other sites. The most important ones are summarized with the respective links here.
Evaluation is an important first step in career exploration. Many Job Seekers can not articulate their interests in a way that can be translated into career paths. There are many tests called interest inventories which help focus in on the careers. Some interest inventories are more games but others are sophisticated instruments. Both types of tests have their place. Some of the more sophisticated tests cost money, but may certainly be worth it.
Most tests are composed of an Interest inventory and an Aptitude Test. Interest is important, but aptitude is the critical factor for many jobs. Although, almost any one can pursue any career, one may discover that because of certain talents, an alternate career may result in more success.
Information Courtesy of Vermont Department of Employment and Training
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