Engineer Test

The engineer test is designed to establish how good an individual's knowledge and understanding of general engineering and mechanical principles are.

  • What is an engineer test?

    It's important when recruiting engineers that employers are confident of a candidate's level of knowledge and skills, so that they can trust their ability to carry out their job safely and successfully.

    Typically, the engineer test is a multiple choice assessment covering a range of topics, from mechanics and force, to spatial awareness and electricity. Candidates will have to select the correct answer from a few possible options, and move through the test maintaining a careful balance of speed and accuracy.

    To do well, candidates need to demonstrate a solid understanding of the basic principles of engineering. As well as this, they'll need to show they can keep calm under pressure, and have a natural capacity for problem-solving.

About the Engineer Test

The engineer test will examine the breadth of a candidate's understanding of basic principles such as mass, electricity, mechanics and force. Each candidate will need to show they can work well under timed conditions, and that they can cope with pressure while solving engineering challenges.

Tests such as these help employers to make better hiring decisions, which saves both time and money.

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  • Why should you use an engineer test for recruiting?

    The engineering test gives employers additional insight about the candidates they're assessing. With the test, employers are able to make less biased choices, and feel confident in the level of knowledge and understanding each applicant has.

    The test assesses a range of skills, from the basic principles involved in engineering, to a candidate's innate spatial awareness and ability to keep calm under pressure.

    The engineer test could help employers hire for the following roles:

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Results for the 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 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 an 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 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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    All our Engineer tests are written by accredited psychologists and fully validated.

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    We offer Engineer tests for all levels so you can assess all roles within your organisation.


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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!”
Christina, HR Director, Cancer Research, UK
Christina, HR Director, Cancer Research, UK
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Written by an Engineer Test expert

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 qualifications does an engineer need?

As well as a solid understanding of engineering principles and the relevant qualifications, applicants for engineering roles will need to demonstrate an ability to think laterally and to make quick calculations accurately.

What types of engineering are there?

There are many different types of engineering roles, from structural to mechanical. The basic principle uniting them all is the use of maths and science to design, test and create robust structures and processes.

What is the cost for Picked's engineering 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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Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden
Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden

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