Management Trainee Test

A management trainee test determines whether candidates possess the necessary skills and attributes to succeed in management-level roles.

  • What is a management trainee test?

    Management trainees are recruited into an organisation to develop the necessary skills to become a future manager in the organisation. The management trainee tests are designed to help employers assess whether a candidate has the required soft skills and competencies relevant to management-level positions.

    Employers can use this test in the earlier stages of the recruitment process to ensure they shortlist the most suitable candidates. Applicants are evaluated on a series of timed multiple-choice questions. These questions assess the skills needed in management positions such as interpersonal skills, organisation, numerical reasoning, and problem-solving.

    Candidates who score highly on the test are likely to perform well as a management trainee and subsequently in a managerial role.

About the Management Trainee Test

All managerial-level roles require candidates to aid in the efficient running of a department, collaborate with others, and lead their team to achieve the organisation's goals.

The core skills required for any management trainee are wide-ranging. They include working well with others, analysing information to solve problems, and demonstrating a positive working attitude.

The management trainee test assesses whether candidates demonstrate the softer and competency-based skills to be effective in the role, such as numeracy, attention to detail, and leadership skills.

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  • Why should you use a management trainee test for recruiting?

    Management trainee roles tend to attract a large volume of applicants. Trainees need to work with existing managers to gain an insight into how an organisation's policies and procedures contribute to the effective running of the business.

    Management trainees need to model leadership behaviours and be an influential team member and team leader. They must also support managers with various tasks and get involved in people-related activities.

    For employers, it is difficult to decipher from an application or interview alone whether candidates demonstrate the skills needed to be a successful management trainee.

    The Picked management trainee test helps solve this problem by providing an objective and cost-efficient way of shortlisting suitable candidates. The test highlights how proficient a candidate is in the essential skills needed to be a management trainee, such as strong numerical aptitude, adaptability, problem-solving skills, critical thinking and communication style.

    Candidates who attain high scores in the test can progress; those who do not can be eliminated from the process.

    Management trainee tests can be used for a variety of roles, such as:

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Results for the Management Trainee 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 management trainee 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. leadership), aptitude (e.g. verbal reasoning) and relevant personality dimensions (e.g. team 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 management trainee 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 management trainee 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!”
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 skills should management trainees have?

The skills of a successful management trainee are varied and include leadership skills, attention to detail, numerical skills, the ability to think critically, and strong presentation skills.

Many management trainees rotate around different departments, so adaptability is also a useful trait.

When in the recruitment process should you use a management trainee test?

The management trainee test is best used in the early stages of the recruitment process, just after application review.

Using the test in this way results in a cost-effective and time-efficient recruitment process, allowing you to focus on the candidates that excel in the skills and competencies required for the role.

What is the cost for Picked's management trainee 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 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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