Office Assistant Test

Office assistant tests are designed to help employers identify candidates with the skills and competencies required to be a successful office assistant.

  • What is an office assistant test?

    An office assistant test aims to determine the aptitude a candidate has to be instrumental in the organisation and smooth running of an office environment. This test is best used by companies in the early stages of the recruitment process, to ensure the most promising office assistant candidates are selected.

    Evaluated using a series of multiple-choice questions, the office assistant test highlights the level of essential computer skills, communication, attention to detail, organisation, and time management a candidate possesses.

    Performing well on this test demonstrates a candidate would be able to manage inbound inquiries, inter-office communication, organise meetings, and complete general administration in a timely manner.

About the Office Assistant Test

An office assistant supports the overall running of a workplace. The role often requires a confident self-starter to carry out routine and ad-hoc administrative tasks such as receptionist duties, diary management, taking inventory, file management, and supporting others with organisational tasks.

The test will evaluate a candidate's proficiency in these skills, to help you shortlist the most suitable candidates for your position.

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

    Naturally, you want to shortlist the most suitable candidates for your office assistant position. However, identifying the difference between applicants based on their resume alone can be challenging, particularly as many of them will have a similar level of experience.

    An office assistant test removes this challenge and gives employers the ability to administer skills tests to large numbers of candidates. The comparative data you receive will give an unbiased insight into how well suited each candidate is, creating a more efficient hiring process.

    The test will highlight how proficient a candidate is with the core skills required of an office assistant, such as computer literacy and effective time management. It will also measure their accuracy and detail-orientation, organisation skills, problem-solving skills, and communication styles.

    Applicants highlighted as meeting the requirements of the role can be shortlisted, while those who do not demonstrate the necessary skillset can be excluded.

    An office assistant test could be useful for the following additional roles:

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Results for the Office 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 office 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. teamwork), aptitude (e.g. numerical 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 an office 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 office assistant test is monitored to ensure it is up-to-date and optimised for performance.

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    All our Office Assistant tests are written by accredited psychologists and fully validated.

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    We offer Office Assistant tests for all levels so you can assess all roles within your organisation.

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FAQs

What should an office assistant know?

To be effective, an office assistant will need to know: core computer programmes to carry out daily duties; how to appropriately communicate with stakeholders and colleagues; the importance of systems and detail-orientation; how to manage their own and others time; and be able to adapt to business needs quickly.

How do you assess an office assistant candidate?

You may look to evaluate their ability in the following areas: their previous experience in a similar role, how quickly they can solve a common workplace issue, and their communication style.

What is the cost for Picked’s office assistant 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.

Can I get a free trial?

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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