Mechanic Test

Mechanic tests can be used to determine if someone has the core skills and knowledge required to be successful as a mechanic.

  • What is a mechanic test?

    A mechanic test identifies what mechanic-related strengths and weaknesses each candidate possesses by asking multiple-choice questions.

    The mechanic test evaluates the level of comprehension a candidate has of fundamental mechanical procedures. It also assesses their overall aptitude for the role, looking at skills including technical competency, mechanical reasoning, knowledge of diagnostic systems, and their ability to determine the best mechanical solution.

    By scoring highly on this test, a candidate demonstrates a proficient understanding of relevant mechanic skills and ais likely to be a productive employee. You can use this test in the early stages of recruitment to ensure the most qualified applicants are shortlisted.

About the Mechanic Test

A mechanic is responsible for repairing, maintaining, inspecting, and installing machinery using manual and technological tools. They need to have a methodical and precise approach to their work, completing projects to the highest standard whilst effectively communicating timeframes and challenges to their co-workers or customers. This test assesses a candidate’s competency in core skills required to perform in a mechanic role.

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  • Why should you use a mechanic test for recruiting?

    Shortlisting mechanic candidates based on resumes is difficult, as many applicants may claim similar skill levels, and you can’t validate their listed experience. It’s a challenge to decipher who the strongest candidates would be in practice – and you can’t personally interview every applicant.

    A mechanic test removes this obstacle and gives employers the ability to distribute skills tests to any number of candidates. The comparative data you receive will give an insight into how suitable each candidate is, making the hiring process more efficient.

    The test will highlight the level of understanding a candidate has of critical mechanical functions such as energy, levers, pulleys, force, and circuits. It also measures their logical thinking, technical expertise, diagnostic skills, and safety management skills using a series of multiple-choice aptitude questions.

    Candidates who perform well and meet the required level of skill for the role can be shortlisted, while those who do not demonstrate the desired skillset can be excluded.

    A mechanic test could be useful for the following roles:

    • General Automotive Mechanic
    • Brake and Transmission Technician
    • Race Car Mechanic
    • Service Technician
    • Auto Glass Mechanic
    • Heavy Equipment Mechanic
    • Aircraft Mechanic
    • Marine Mechanic
    • Motorcycle Mechanic
    • Air Conditioning Mechanic
    • Maintenance Worker
    • Maintenance Mechanic
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Results for the Mechanic 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 mechanic skills

Candidates will need to answer a range of questions that measure industry-specific technical skills where applicable, soft skills (e.g. teamwork), aptitude (e.g. mechanical reasoning) and relevant personality dimensions (e.g. detail 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 mechanic 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 mechanic 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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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


Is the mechanic test difficult?

Picked's test for mechanics is not as technically challenging as the exams candidates would have taken to become a qualified mechanic. It aims to test a candidate has the skills required, such as safety management, critical thinking, diagnostic skills, and detail orientation.

How does a mechanic test work?

A mechanic candidate is assessed through a series of multiple-choice questions based on core principles, hypothetical mechanical problems, and diagnostic tools, to gauge their level of expertise and ultimately how suitable they are for the role.

What is the cost for Picked’s mechanic test?

Picked operates on a monthly or annual subscription basis. We have plans to suit your hiring needs, which you can find here. If you need something a little more bespoke, 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

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