Types of written tests for job interviews

Written by connie s owens | 13/05/2017
Types of written tests for job interviews
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Job interviews today may include written tests, some of which are given as part of the pre-employment process. The types of written tests depend a great deal on the industry and the type of job of employment. Math and English tests are common written tests for a job interview.

Administrative Tests

Cashiers, clerks, secretaries, administrative assistants, book-keepers and many other similar positions consist of a few types of written tests. If you are applying for a position in which handling money is a major part of your job, expect to take a math test that will test your ability to give change and estimate discounts. Administrative written tests include filing both alpha and numerical, typing skills, creating correspondence for letterhead and other skill sets required for the particular job. Court clerks are tested on court terminology, language proficiency, ethical and professional behaviour, through multiple choice questions.

Personality Tests

Types of written tests for job interviews
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The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory consists of 567 questions. Personality interviews or tests were designed to assist in the diagnoses of mental illness. Many employers have began using them as part of the pre-employment process. Employers may implement a customised personality test version with fewer questions, but the design is similar: to assess a potential employee's mental health. There are no right or wrong answers to the personality tests and you will not be able to cheat, since there are random questions designed to test for cheating.

Other Tests

Other types of written tests will depend on the industry, with many consisting of true or false, multiple choice, essay questions, other forms of math, English grammar and spelling, to list a few. If you are seeking an information technology (IT) position repairing computers or developing programs, you may be required to take a written test that will demonstrate your knowledge and skills. Written tests in the postal industry will include sorting in numerical and alpha order and demonstrating math skills.

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