There’s no denying that when it comes to job boards and job aggregators, Indeed.com is the 800-pound gorilla. After all, they have all-but annihilated former competitors like Monster and SimplyHired. However, many recruiters and companies who are hosting their jobs on Indeed are not using it to the fullest.
Today we want to discuss a relatively new and little known feature that can help you dig through resumes on Indeed more effectively. It's called Assessments.
In May 2018, Indeed officially launched Assessments. Per Indeed,“Developed by expert psychologists, Indeed Assessments uses real-life simulations, skills tests, work samples, one-way video and audio interviews and more to effectively and accurately narrow down your choices to high quality applicants with greater accuracy and in less time.”
There are over 50 options and they take candidates between 6 and 10 minutes each. The entire library of choices is located here, but here are a few we found particularly interesting!
- Search Engine Optimization
- Accounting Skills: Bookkeeping
- Business Math
- Graphic Design Skills
- Data Analysis
- Management & Leadership Skills
- Problem Solving
- Verbal Communication
- Written Communication
- Critical Thinking Skills
- Email Skills
- Project Management Skills
- Intermediate Word Processing
- Attention to Detail
- Written Spanish for English Speakers
- Nursing Aide Skills
- Nursing Skills Clinical Judgement
- Legal Skills
- Delivery Driver
- First Aid
We wanted to test them for ourselves to see how useful they were, so we went through and took a few of the Assessments as if we were a job seeker. Overall, after taking a handful, we found them to be quite useful!
Some, like the English Communication Skills: Typing Assessment, function much like the Mavis Beacon software of yesteryear. Others, like the Proofreading Assessment module require contextual reading and the ability to isolate errors. Still others like the Social Media Skills Assessment allow candidates to look at data and provide educated answers and require knowledge of tools available in multiple platforms. Still others, like the Verbal Communication Assessment involves auditory tests that ask the job seeker to choose the best, most succinct response.
However, some Assessments are less helpful (at least in our mind). For instance, we went through the Graphic Design one and found that it was very rudimentary and lacked many of the questions and exercises that would be valuable to someone seeking a Designer.
Employers will definitely be able to realize a certain level of benefit from these Assessments, but bear in mind that some are better than others. But, not all is lost if a pre-made Assessment doesn’t work for your hiring needs; you can edit or make your own! According to Indeed, “You can use the standalone platform to combine test modules and create unique Assessments. You can also use the standalone platform to create your own completely custom test modules.”
We hope this helps you find the best by using your industry knowledge. Would you like to learn more tips?