Custodian Test

Custodian tests are designed to assess candidates' aptitude in the skills necessary to work as a custodian.

  • What is a custodian test?

    A custodian test assesses job applicants for the skills required to fulfil their responsibilities and excel in the role. The test is commonly used in the early stages of the hiring process, to ensure the strongest applicants are shortlisted in an objective, unbiased manner.

    The test includes questions about general maintenance, people skills, situational judgement, work ethic and verbal reasoning skills, which provides useful insight into how the candidate will conduct themselves in the workplace.

    It also features multiple-choice verbal and numerical reasoning questions to measure a basic level of mathematical interpretation and analysis, alongside the ability to understand and interpret written information.

    The timed nature of the test increases its difficulty and helps to identify candidates who can solve problems both quickly and accurately.

    A high score indicates the presence of the behavioural traits and cognitive aptitude needed to be successful in the work environment.

About the Custodian Test

A custodian is responsible for managing an environment or building, ensuring that it is appropriately cared for and up to standard. This requires good attention to detail, strong organisational skills, and may also involve managing a team.

This test assesses a candidate's proficiency in the skills required to be a custodian, to ensure you select the most suitable candidate for your vacant position.

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  • Why should you use a custodian test for recruiting?

    When recruiting new talent for a role, you'll want to ensure that you are shortlisting the most qualified candidates. It can, however, be difficult to differentiate between candidates based upon their resumes alone, which may detail similar levels of relevant experience.

    A custodian test helps with this process, giving increased insight into your talent pool and highlighting which candidates perform best across key areas. The test measures proficiency in key skills needed to be a custodian, such as attention to detail, problem-solving, and good communication.

    The online test can be easily administered to a large number of candidates to provide objective data to compare the cohort. Applicants who best meet the requirements of the role can be easily identified and shortlisted, creating a more efficient hiring process and saving both time and money.

    The test could be useful for recruiting individuals to the following roles:

    • Caretaker
    • Office Custodian
    • Hospital Custodian
    • Warden
    • Steward
    • Building / Property Manager
    • Building Security Officer
    • Attendant
    • Janitorial Manager
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Results for the Custodian 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 custodian 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. time management), aptitude (e.g. logical reasoning) and relevant personality dimensions (e.g. independence). 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 custodian 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 custodian 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

Custodian Test FAQs

What are the key skills for a custodian?

The responsibilities that come under custodian roles are varied but, in general, the key skills required for a custodian include strong organisational skills, the ability to solve problems and adapt to new situations, and good verbal communication. These can be assessed through situational judgement tests, personality questionnaires, and cognitive aptitude testing.

Is the custodian test hard?

The custodian test is challenging, since it assesses an individual's approach to workplace scenarios, numerical aptitude, and verbal reasoning skills under time pressure. These questions have a unique style, which will take some familiarisation on the part of the applicant.

What is the cost for Picked's custodian 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.

Can I get a free trial?

Yes, simply sign up (no credit card is required) and we'll give you unlimited access for 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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