Skills assessments measure specific skills and knowledge areas to understand candidates’ individual strengths and weaknesses and assess job readiness.

A skill is the learned ability to perform certain tasks. Skills assessments are especially important where on-the-job training opportunities are limited or for jobs with very specific requirements.

Various test formats are available. Tests assessing knowledge are typically text based. Those measuring more practical skills, such as a proficiency in Microsoft Office or split-screen typing, often simulate the applications concerned.

Skills assessments are designed to measure:

  • Business Skills —grammar and spelling, reading comprehension, and letter writing as well as the ability to type or enter alphanumeric data quickly and accurately
  • Software Skills—fundamental computer competencies required for the role
  • IT Skills—such as programming language ability (e.g., Java, Android), key capabilities (e.g., Windows server and software testing), or broader knowledge areas (e.g., networking concepts or server administration).

Skills assessments are especially important where on-the-job training opportunities are limited or for jobs with very specific requirements.

Skills assessments are invaluable for any role where candidates must have certain skills to be productive from day one.