Executive Assistant Test

Executive assistant tests help employers evaluate whether a candidate has the necessary skills and traits to be a successful executive assistant.

  • What is an executive assistant test?

    Supporting senior staff with scheduling, organisation and correspondence, an executive assistant needs to be highly organised, able to multitask and recognise priorities, and collaborate across all levels of the business.

    The executive assistant test is designed to ensure that applicants have the right level of inherent skills and knowledge to succeed in the role, and reduce the cost-per-hire for the business.

About the Executive Assistant Test

The executive assistant test is an unbiased assessment that is simple to administer to a large number of applicants, and provides data that can be used to choose the best candidates to take further in the recruitment process.

The questions asked are directly related to skills and competencies that make a successful executive assistant. These questions are designed to provide proof that the candidate has what it takes to be a valuable employee.

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  • Why should you use an executive assistant test for recruiting?

    Popular job postings can have hundreds of applicants, and when faced with a number of similarly qualified candidates, it can be difficult to reduce the applicant pool. While the basic criteria might be met on paper, the executive assistant test gives a further understanding of how well the candidates match the job requirements.

    The executive assistant test provides a data-driven, unbiased way to differentiate candidates based on their actual skills and knowledge.

    As there are some very sensitive things that an executive assistant has to deal with, it is important that the candidates can deal with all tasks using professional discretion, excellent communication skills, and a problem-solving approach that is needed to correctly support senior staff. With wide-ranging types of tasks like answering the phone and sending emails, to organising and attending meetings, executive assistants might also need to manage projects and deal with the personal admin of the staff they are supporting.

    The executive assistant test is a simple and straightforward method that ensures only the very best candidates are taken further in the process – usually to the interview stage.

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Results for the Executive Assistant 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 executive assistant 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. error checking) and relevant personality dimensions (e.g. organisation). 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 executive assistant 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 executive assistant 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 Executive Assistant tests are written by accredited psychologists and fully validated.

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    We offer Executive Assistant 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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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 an executive assistant have?

Key skills required for an executive assistant include: ability to multitask and prioritise; attention to detail; excellent verbal and written comprehension; computer literacy; problem-solving skills; adaptability; organisational skills.

What other tests might be useful for an executive assistant?

Executive assistants might also need to be tested on their logical thinking and project management skills, as well as typing and inbox management.

What is the cost for Picked’s executive assistant 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 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
Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden

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