More pre-employment skills testing questions and a thank you

Subject: More pre-employment skills testing questions and a thank you
From: Robyn Remington <rlb -at- ftn-assoc -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- RAYCOMM -dot- COM
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 11:10:10 -0500

Thank you to everyone who replied to my post about pre-employment testing.
So far, I've received 27 replies; that's fantastic. You've all be very
helpful. I will post a summary in a few weeks and send a copy of the
article I'm working on to those of you who have requested it once it's

Some other questions have come to mind. If you've already responded, would
you please send another message listing your location or the employers
locations for the tests you've taken. Again send the message directly to me
at rlb -at- ftn-assoc -dot- com -dot- If you haven't responded yet and plan to do so,
please include information about the locations of the companies for which
you've taken tests.

I'm also curious to hear the hiring manager's perspectives on testing:

1) Why do you require tests? What kinds of tests do you require?

2) At what point in your interview process are tests given?

3) Have they served their purpose? What was that purpose in your perspective?

4) Do you feel they are an accurate indication of a person's potential
performance on the job? Have the people who performed well on the tests
lived up to your expectations or exceeded them, or have they fallen short
of the mark? Have the people who performed well enough to get hired but not
much better proven less apt in their positions, or have they surprised you
by being top employees?

5) How do test results rank in your hiring process? Are they useful (in
culling the crowd), important, or very important?

Please include any other information you think relevant. Thanks for your
time and effort.

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