Bookkeeper Test

A bookkeeper test can be used to assess candidates on the necessary skills and knowledge to be a successful bookkeeper.

  • What is a bookkeeper test?

    A bookkeeper test is used to evaluate whether candidates possess the requisite skills and competencies to perform the daily responsibilities of a bookkeeper.

    The test consists of several multiple-choice questions that cover various areas such as using numerical data, calculating basic accounting information, and checking the accuracy of financial data (numerical reasoning).

    A high score on the bookkeeper test shows a candidate who might have the experience and aptitude to perform effectively in the role.

About the Bookkeeper Test

Bookkeepers are primarily responsible for producing and maintaining accurate company records; the data they collect is used by accountants and business owners to make financial decisions. The bookkeeper test assesses the relevant skills and knowledge that is required to perform proficiently as a bookkeeper to determine the most suitable job applicants.

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  • Why should you use a bookkeeper test for recruiting?

    Shortlisting for a bookkeeper position can be difficult, especially as most applicants will be highly qualified and experienced. This can make distinguishing between them using a resume or application alone challenging.

    A bookkeeper test helps address this difficulty by assessing candidates on the core skills and knowledge required to perform the role effectively. This highlights a candidate’s proficiency in key skills such as numerical ability, attention to detail, and ability to solve problems.

    This gives you more insight into the suitability of each candidate, helping you make more informed decisions.

    The bookkeeper test is easily administered online to the candidates in your talent pool, providing you with data to compare each applicant. This provides a more streamlined hiring process which saves time and resources, whilst reducing the administrative burden on your hiring team.

    Candidates who perform highly on the test can be advanced to the next round, while those who did not meet the required level are excluded.

    This test might also be useful for the following roles:

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Results for the Bookkeeper Test along with other assessments the candidate takes will be compiled to produce a candidate report. The report is automatically generated and available both online and as a downloadable pdf so they can be shared with other team members and employees alike.

How our test assesses bookkeeper skills

Candidates will need to answer a range of questions that measure industry-specific technical skills where applicable (e.g. Microsoft Excel), soft skills (e.g. accountability), aptitude (e.g. numerical reasoning) and relevant personality dimensions (e.g. detail orientation). The results present a holistic view of how well suited each candidate is for the job at hand, using a data-driven approach.

The format varies by type of question, including multiple-choice for aptitude and technical skills, situational judgement for soft skills and agreement on a Likert scale for the personality dimensions. This approach ensures candidates are being assessed in an accurate and fair manner, and that results reflect the true underlying qualities of each candidate.

The characteristics, abilities and knowledge necessary to be a bookkeeper were identified using the US Department of Labor's comprehensive O*NET database. O*NET is the leading source of occupational information that is constantly updated by collecting data from employees in specific job roles.

During the development process, test questions were rigorously analysed to maximise reliability and validity in line with industry best practices. They were created by our team of I/O psychologists and psychometricians – who collaborated with subject-matter-experts – and field-tested with a representative sample of job applicants who have varying experience, just like you might find in a talent pool.

Each test is reviewed by a panel of individuals representing diverse backgrounds to check for any sensitivity, fairness, face validity and accessibility issues. This ensures each candidate has a fair chance of demonstrating their true level of expertise.

Our bookkeeper test is monitored to ensure it is up-to-date and optimised for performance.

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Picked provides evidence-based recommendations for tests to use for over 750 jobs. Our recommendation engine leverages data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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Our team of assessment experts is made up of I/O psychologists and psychometricians who are dedicated to making all of our tests as reliable, valid and fair as possible. They strictly adhere to best practices in the industry and stay on top of the latest innovations to ensure job candidates’ unique profiles of characteristics, abilities and knowledge are being measured accurately while minimising bias. They leverage decades of research and advanced predictive analytics to build assessments that link to outcomes that matter, such as job performance, turnover, engagement, culture fit and more.

“Personality profiling allowed us to perform lookalike modelling of our most successful employees and use this as a blueprint for new hires.”
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain

FAQs

What skills should a bookkeeper have?

The most useful skills for a bookkeeper to possess include: strong attention to detail; adept at handling numerical data and making calculations; organisational skills; problem-solving skills; good communication skills. They may also have general accounting, tax and financial knowledge.

When in the application process is it best to use a bookkeeper test?

The bookkeeper test is most effective when it is used in the early stages of recruitment, before any formal interviews have begun. Using it at this stage allows you to narrow down your talent pool to only include those most likely to possess the skills required for the position.

What is the cost for Picked’s bookkeeper test?

Picked operates on a monthly or annual subscription basis. We have several plans to suit your hiring needs, which you can check out here. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us to discuss a custom plan.

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Yes, simply sign up (no credit card is required) and we’ll give you unlimited access for 7 seven days. Create as many jobs and test as many candidates as you want; you won’t be charged a penny.

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Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden

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