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Hiring Warehouse Workers? Test for Essential Job Skills and Workplace Attitudes

By on 5/4/2016
Our Light Industrial Skills Test makes warehouse staffing easy

When you’re hiring manufacturing and assembly workers, you probably rely on a few different resources to make your decision. Yet if a reliable industry skills test isn’t among them, you’re missing out on a powerful tool for measuring necessary skills and aptitudes. In fact, testing outperforms interviews alone by 4 to 1 in predicting job performance. Your time is valuable – turn to employment testing to help take the guesswork out of hiring and reduce employee turnover.

Here are some pointers on how to make the most of pre-employment skills tests, as well as pre-employment aptitude tests:

  • Use tests designed specifically for pre-employment screening. It pays to do your homework. If you’re using a test that wasn’t created for employers, it may include non-compliant questions or ask for sensitive information. Instead, select a legally sound test designed specifically for pre-employment screening, which should avoid any inappropriate questions.
  • Review questions to make sure they’re not discriminatory. Questions that ask about mood swings or happiness levels could accidentally uncover an underlying mental illness such as bipolar disorder. Quality testing should focus instead on situational or behavioral questions, such as, “What would you do if you caught a coworker stealing?” Ethical questions are typically safe, too.
  • Narrow your testing scope. A skills assessment test can take a broad stance to cover a wide range of employees, or measure the specific requirements of a position. Don’t take a “one size fits all” approach with testing. Rather, refine and improve your selection process by selecting the industry-specific tests appropriate for the position – from clerical to retail to manufacturing.
  • Administer tests later in the hiring process. Many large companies ask applicants to submit tests with their initial application. It’s best, however, to wait until later in the hiring process – after the interview, for example – to conduct these tests. You’ll have a more thorough view of candidates by then and will have other ways to evaluate them.
  • Test all applicants. In general, whatever application process one candidate goes through, all candidates should go through, including tests. If you want to administer a test for one applicant, you must administer the test for all applicants to avoid discrimination.
  • Consider ease and functionality. Few people enjoy taking tests, so be certain the process is easy and efficient for potential new hires. Ideally, no test should take more than 30 minutes to complete – and the look and feel of the test should reflect your company’s culture. If the test is too long or cumbersome, you may frustrate or turn away otherwise qualified candidates.
  • Put time on your side, too. Functionality goes beyond the applicant’s testing experience. Your time matters, too. Testing should support your hiring process, not hinder it. For the person doing the hiring, how easy is it review the results and make an educated decision based on those results?
  • Make reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) outlines strict rules for hiring and testing applicants with disabilities. As an employer, make sure you’re following these requirements and honoring any reasonable accommodations that applicants request.

Quality testing to fit your warehouse hiring needs

HRdirect can help you hire the most qualified manufacturing and warehouse workers for your business. The Light Industrial Skills Test (LIST) is the only employment skills test that measures an applicant’s skills based on the specific requirements of a light industrial workforce, in addition to critical workplace attitudes – including perceptions of illegal drug use.

With the results of this warehouse assessment test, you can hone in on employees who are reliable, clear-headed, responsible and, equally important in a warehouse environment, committed to workplace safety.

The test was professionally designed by experts to measure 1) math and reasoning, 2) inspection skills, 3) assembly skills, 4) reliability and 5) illegal drug use attitudes. Not only is the test easy to administer and score, but it’s also available in paper versions (English and Spanish) and online, depending on your needs.

Round this out with the 2-minute SkillsSeries Test for Inspection – which requires applicants to identify defects for quality control inspections – and you’re well on your way to hiring the most qualified person for your warehouse job.