Home Health Aide Test

Employers looking to hire individuals to work as a home health aide should consider a home health aide test, to evaluate whether candidates have the right skills and competencies necessary to succeed in the role.

  • What is a home health aide test?

    Home healthcare covers care for the disabled, elderly and chronically ill in the home. It is a growing job market, thanks to an increasingly ageing population and a very real need to relieve pressure in hospitals.

    That's where the home health aide test comes in. It assesses the skills required by applicants to care for people in the home.

    Candidates will be required to showcase a range of skills and knowledge, including environment maintenance, infection control, patient care, nutrition and much more.

    To succeed at the home health aide test, candidates will need to demonstrate a clear understanding of all the practicalities that come with caring for individuals in the home, as well as a calm and patient bedside manner and the importance of patient dignity and respect.

About the Home Health Aide Test

Becoming a home healthcare aide doesn't require formal training, so the test is a great way to ensure applicants have the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding of the rigours of the job before they get started.

The home healthcare aide test gives employers the chance to assess applicants on both their aptitude for caring and respect of their patients, as well as more specific details such as how to keep a home free from infections and what the average respiratory rate is for adults.

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  • Why should you use a home health aide test for recruiting?

    Ensuring you have competent home health aides with the relevant knowledge and skills to do the job is crucial. That's where the home health aide test comes in; not only will it help you to find strong applicants, it also gives you a better idea of any areas successful candidates may need to work on before taking up a position.

    Used in conjunction with practical testing, the home health aide test covers a broad range of topics and is an efficient way to group any applicants you may want to take forward to the next stage of the recruitment process.

    The home health aide test is suitable for hiring home health aides, but it can also be used to monitor progression and learning on the job.

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Results for the Home Health Aide 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 home health aide skills

Candidates will need to answer a range of questions that measure industry-specific soft skills where applicable (e.g. interpersonal skills), aptitude (e.g. verbal reasoning) and relevant personality dimensions (e.g. patience). 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 home health aide 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 home health aide test is monitored to ensure it is up-to-date and optimised for performance.


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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.

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Home Health Aide Test FAQs

What are the key skills for a home health aide?

There are two different sets of skills candidates need to be able to demonstrate as a successful home health aide.

The first is technical knowledge. This covers things such as vital signs to look for in patients, how to treat burns, essential nutrition and much more.

The second is patient care. This is often an innate characteristic in those looking to work in caring professions such as home healthcare.

When in the application process is it best to use a home health aide test?

The home health aide test is most effectively used towards the end of the learning process, when candidates have accrued the knowledge and skills they need to fully comprehend the demands of the job, and are able to showcase all they've learned thus far.

What is the cost for Picked's home health aide 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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