Careful employee pre-screening can drastically decrease the number of inappropriate individuals that end up on the payroll. Drug screening and background checks often weed out the worst of these applicants, enabling companies to avoid many of the worst hiring mistakes. The most difficult of unsuitable applicants to avoid hiring aren`t the drug addicts or those with criminal backgrounds. Often sneaking by even the most astute hiring managers are applicants that lack the skills necessary to complete the tasks associated with their job titles.
Benefits of Effective Employee Pre-Screening
- Reduce hiring mistakes
- Accelerate the hiring process
- Improve hiring precision
- Minimize cost of theft, violence and absenteeism
The Basic Mental Abilities Assessment (BMAA)
The Basic Mental Abilities Assessment (BMAA) is a timed test in three parts developed to measure a candidate’s ability to succeed in a number of different areas. It was intended primarily as a prescreening tool and used to filter out clearly unsuitable candidates from your applicant pool. A proctor is required if administered in the traditional taken pen and paper mode, with a stop watch although it is now normally administered on-screen or on-line where “sensible oversight” is recommended (no dictionaries or calculators are permitted), but timing is automatic.
Part 1: Word use and vocabulary skills
Part 2: Numerical skills
Part 3: Abstract skills
Time to take: 25 minutes
Profiles Ability Profiler (PAP)
This instrument was adapted from GATB (General Abilitiy Test Battery). It was developed following rigorous scientific procedures and with help from customers and leading experts in the field of assessment research, to ensure that it is a valid, user friendly, assessment tool.
Measures Six job-related abilities:
- Verbal Ability
- Arithmetic Reasoning
- Spatial Ability
- Form Perception
- Clerical Perception
Time to take: ~60 minutes
Profiles Critical Thinking, Logic and Comprehension (CTRA)
Profiles Critical Thinking, Logic and Comprehension Assessment (CTRA) is a timed assessment in up to five parts. The report provides raw scores and percentile ranking for each of the areas measured namely:
- Evaluative, analytic and inferential, deductive and inductive reasoning
- Logical reasoning
- Written comprehension
The report notes scores and percentile ranking for each area and the “overall” score and ranking.
Time to take: 60 minutes
Sales Service Assessment (SSA)
This is a pre-screening assessment that measures up to eight skills and seven behavioral traits found to be especially significant in the international sales and/or servicing industry.
The report provides scores and job match percentage for each of the areas measured namely:
Skills and Abilities
- Critical Thinking
Evaluative, Inferential, Analytical, Deductive & Inductive Reasoning
- Sales – Service
Customer/ Buyer Orientation, Needs Assessment, Satisfaction Evaluation
Reading Comprehension, Grammar
- Social Media Literacy
- Personal Effectiveness:
- Interpersonal Focus
Cooperation/Friendliness/Empathy, Self Control/Tact
- Workforce Focus
Sociability/Teamwork, Achievement Orientation, Assertiveness
Time to take: 60 minutes
Assessments for Communication in English (ACE)
Profiles Testing Center offers a range of English communication skills tests covering all aspects of the language: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The eleven tests in all each range from 7 – 30 minutes duration.
Basic Language Skills:
Grammar, Vocabulary, Spelling
Audio Spelling, Audio data entry, or Audio codes, Audio Customer
Service Scenario, or Audio Sales Scenario
Speaking and Listening Skills:
The Mechanical IQ test (MIQ)
The Mechanical IQ test (MIQ) was developed following the standards of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
Sixteen physical principles are measured, including:
- Motion in a straight line and in two directions
- Force, mass, gravity and center of gravity
- Circular motion
- Properties of materials, heat , gas, hydraulics, electricity
- Perpetual Speed
- Spatial visualization
To test for the understanding of these principles the MIQ uses the conventional multiple choice format.
Time to take: 30 minutes
Profiles Skills Test
Offers the world’s most advanced skills testing including software, clerical skills and various professional skills. These skills tests combine the power of performance-based testing with the ability to create custom tests that meet the exact needs of the job.
- Primary Work Skills
- Office Software
- Typing and Data Entry
- Web Development
- Hardware and Networking
- Operating Systems
- Application Development
Personality Type Indicator (PTI)
This short assessment measures key behavioral style tendencies and temperament in four (bi-polar) dimensions as it impacts communication, personal relationships, and teamwork. The report gives valuable insights about how an individual can be understood, motivated, and managed.
This assessment is based on the 4-factor (Carl Jung and later Lewin’s) model of personality on which there is a wealth of research and information dating back over many years.
|Attitude – energy and orientation to the world around us|
|Function – the way we perceive and gather information|
|Function – the way we make judgments and decisions|
|Attitude – ways of living in the world around us|
Profiles Personality Profiler (PPP)
This short assessment is designed to determine the primary personality type of a candidate. It is based on the 4-factor model of personality on which there is a wealth of research and information dating back over many years.
The four factors being assessed have many names, but are often known as D. I. S. C. :
1. Dominant or Driver
2. Influencer or Inducer
3. Steady or Stable
4. Compliant or Convensional
Sometimes a person exhibit two naturally strong traits (primary and secondary) such as high D (primary) and I (secondary or dual)… Other combinations would be D – C, or I – S , or S – C).
Althought this does happen on occassions’ one is less likely to exhibit traits which are essentially “opposites” as would be implied by being high on both the D and S or I and C scales.
Emotional Stability EQ Profile (EQ)
This is an un-timed assessment covering seven dimensions of interest to an employer wishing to make an initial examination of a candidate’s emotional stability-instability.
The dimensions covered are:
1. SELF – ESTEEM
The scores report shows the “score” for each dimension against population norms.
Supervisory Skills Test (SST)
Effective first line of supervision is one of the keys to creating and maintaining an effective organization. Understanding the roles and responsibilities of a first-line supervisor is an essential initial step to the development of the skills and behaviors that characterize effective supervision. The Supervisory Skills Test (SST) is a reliable and valid measure of the understanding that people have of these roles and responsibilities.
1. Management of Performance Quality
2. Staffing/Personnel Actions
4. Interpersonal Relations
5. Problem Analysis/Resolution
6. Project Planning
7. Direct Supervision
Time to take: 30 – 45 minutes
Management Skills Test (MST)
This assessment is designed to measure knowledge and understanding of general principles of management and organization. The test assesses competencies that have been identified as important through extensive studies of management positions in a wide range or organizations and settings. The situations do NOT require specialized knowledge or experience in any single industry.
The measures are:
1. Performance management
2. Coaching and development
3. Planning, organizing, and scheduling
4. Problem solving
5. Interpersonal relations and working with others
9. Ethical conduct
10. Overall performance
And these ten items are summarized in the output report under:
1. Decision Making and Critical Thinking
2. Strategic Thinking and Planning
4. Knowledge of Management Concepts and Application
Time to take: 30 – 45 minutes