Data Analyst Test

Data analyst tests are an effective way of assessing a candidate's aptitude in the skills necessary for a role that involves data analytics.

  • What is a data analyst test?

    A data analyst test helps to highlight which candidates have the expertise needed to excel in a data analyst position. It can be used early in the recruitment process to streamline the talent pool, and ensure the strongest contenders proceed to the final stages.

    The test can be used to assess numerical aptitude, attention to detail, and the ability to handle and analyse data via a number of different methods – through numerical reasoning, error checking, and a range of analytical questions.

    The test is timed, so it measures an individual's ability to work both quickly and accurately under pressure. A high score in the test indicates compatibility with the demands of a data analyst role, so employers can use the test to make informed, objective hiring decisions.

About the Data Analyst Test

Data analysts need to be able to organise and study data to provide relevant business insights. They must identify and apply the appropriate analysis tools and techniques, be able to recognise trends in data, and summarise and present their conclusions to internal teams and external partners in a clear and concise way.

The data analyst test assesses a candidate's proficiency in the skills required to perform these tasks, to ensure you select the most suitable candidate for your position.

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  • Why should you use a data analyst test for recruiting?

    When recruiting for a data analyst 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 data analyst test helps with this process, giving insight into the practical skills your prospective employees possess. The tests can be tailored to the vacant role, to highlight which candidates perform best across the key areas you select.

    The test can measure proficiency in key skills needed to be a good analyst, such as logical thinking, the ability to absorb and rationalise large amounts of information, recognition of patterns and trends, the ability to make predictions, and the technical ability to analyse data effectively for different purposes.

    It can also test the communication skills needed to share insights with stakeholders, from both technical and non-technical backgrounds.

    The test is easily administered online and will equip your recruitment team with the objective and comparative data needed to make the right hiring decisions. As well as ensuring the best candidate is selected for the role, aptitude testing creates a more efficient and cost-effective hiring process.

    A data analyst test could be useful for recruiting into the following roles:

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Results for the Data Analyst 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 data analysis 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. 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 data analyst 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 data analyst 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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“We used Picked as part of our Finance Graduate Scheme recruitment and it was just what we needed – really simple to send candidates the link to complete and clear to see how they all compared. And great value for money!”
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Christina, HR Director, Cancer Research, UK
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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


What are the key skills for a data analyst?

The key skills needed to be a successful data analyst include analytical and problem-solving skills, communication skills, mathematical ability, and technical data management, modelling, visualisation, and analysis skills. These can be tested through a range of analytical skill tests.

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

A data analyst test is best used either at the start of the recruitment process (after application submission) or at the assessment centre stage. At whichever point you choose to test your applicants, the test will provide invaluable insight for shortlisting talent.

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What is the cost for Picked's data analyst 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.

“Focusing on data reduced the subjective decision making from our hiring process and allowed us to reduce bias and make better hiring decisions.”
Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden
Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden

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