Civil Engineer Test

Civil engineering tests can be used to determine if someone has the core skills and traits necessary to be a successful civil engineer.

  • What is a civil engineer test?

    A civil engineer test assesses whether a candidate possesses the necessary skills to be successful in a civil engineer position. This test can be used in the early stages of recruitment to ensure the most qualified candidates are shortlisted.

    The test consists of a series of multiple-choice questions that are specifically designed to test a candidate on a range of areas including technical knowledge, ability to communicate, and problem-solving skills.

    A high score on this test shows a candidate who can effectively interpret and analyse data to solve problems, think critically, and coordinate a team effectively.

About the Civil Engineer Test

Civil engineers design, plan and manage large infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges, and water systems. A civil engineer's role is broad, and responsibilities include checking plans and drawings, supervising construction, and working closely with teams of people such as architects, designers and contractors.

The civil engineer test assesses whether a candidate possesses the key skills to function as a civil engineer, allowing you to select the most suitable candidates for your position.

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  • Why should you use a civil engineer test for recruiting?

    Hiring teams can often have a hard time distinguishing between candidates, especially for a role like a civil engineer, which is likely to have many highly qualified and educated candidates. Using resumes alone can give limited insight into your candidates' abilities, and could lead to poor selection decisions as a result.

    A civil engineer test solves this difficulty by providing comparative data to help with your hiring decisions. The test is easily administered to a large number of candidates in your talent pool, giving you more insight into the suitability of your candidates and creating a more efficient hiring process.

    The test highlights a candidate's knowledge of fundamental concepts in civil engineering, whilst also evaluating their ability to analyse data, solve problems, think critically, and communicate effectively.

    Applicants who perform well on the test can then be advanced to the next stage of the hiring process, while those who do not meet the required level of proficiency are excluded.

    The civil engineer test could be useful for a range of roles such as:

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Results for the Civil Engineer 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 civil engineering 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. teamwork, aptitude (e.g. mechanical reasoning) and relevant personality dimensions (e.g. curiosity). 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 civil engineer 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 civil engineer 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.

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FAQs

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

A civil engineer test is most effective when it is used in the early stages of recruitment, usually after initial application screenings but before any formal interviews. The civil engineer test allows you to easily compare your candidates and narrow down your talent pool to include only those who possess the skills required to be a civil engineer.

What are the key skills required for a civil engineer?

To be successful as a civil engineer a candidate must possess a range of skills such as problem-solving, excellent verbal communication, project management skills and critical thinking.

What is the cost for Picked's civil engineer test?

Picked offers monthly or annual subscriptions for businesses of all sizes, so choose one that best fits your needs. You can check out our subscription plans here.

You can also get in touch with us to discuss the possibility of a custom plan suited to your specific needs.

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