Graphic Designer Test

If you are looking to hire a graphic designer, consider using a skills test to assess a candidate's knowledge of graphic design principles and their creative thought process.

  • What is a graphic designer test?

    A graphic designer will need the skills and knowledge to create a range of visuals for a company using design principles and creative processes. The graphic designer test supports recruiters in testing core principles of graphic design, which are challenging to assess through resumes or work portfolios alone.

    The main role of a graphic designer is to create visuals by hand or more commonly using computer software such as PhotoShop and Illustrator. They work with teams or clients to understand requirements and translate briefs into graphics – helping develop the layout and designs for advertising campaigns, sales pitches, brochures, reports and even the UX/UI for web applications.

    Typically the test is sent during the early stages of the recruitment process, with a high score indicating that a candidate has the right creative skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the role of a graphic designer. Each candidate’s results can be compared with all other candidates, allowing you to make bias-free shortlisting decisions.

About the Graphic Designer Test

Graphic designers are an essential part of organizations, typically collaborating with marketing, software and production teams to design and create visual content.

A graphic design test provides critical assessments of an individual's creative process and understanding of core design principles, which can help recruiters make more effective hiring decisions.

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  • Why should you use a graphic designer test for recruiting?

    The graphic designer test assesses a range of skills and competencies, including the ability to interpret verbal design briefs based on client requirements, general design knowledge, core principles of graphic design, error checking and problem-solving. It is presented in the form of multiple-choice questions.

    Recruiters can then use the test scores to rank the talent pool in order of the top-performing candidates.

    Job roles you might find the graphic designer test relevant for include:

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Results for the Graphic Designer 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 graphic designer skills

Candidates will need to answer a range of questions that measure industry-specific technical skills where applicable (e.g. Adobe Photoshop), soft skills (e.g. time management), aptitude (e.g. logical reasoning) and relevant personality dimensions (e.g. creativity). 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 graphic designer 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 graphic designer 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 Graphic Designer tests are written by accredited psychologists and fully validated.

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


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    Simple, easy-to-use candidate comparison reports mean you don’t need to be a psychologist to interpret them.

“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


What are the key skills for a graphic designer?

Key skills for a graphic designer might include:

  • Understanding of design principles
  • Creative process
  • Software knowledge, e.g. Adobe Creative Suite
  • Communication
  • Attention to detail
  • UX and UI (visual design)
What graphic design software should a graphic designer know?

Typical industry-standard software includes Adobe packages like PhotoShop, Illustrator, InDesign and After Effects. CorelDraw, GIMP and Canva may also be useful.

What is the cost for Picked's graphic designer 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 7 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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