Operations Manager Test

If you are hiring an operations manager, you should consider using an operations manager test to ensure your candidates have the skills necessary to succeed in the role.

  • What is an operations manager test?

    An operations manager test helps assess a range of key skills and competencies operations managers might need including stress tolerance, situational judgement, problem-solving abilities and management skills.

    The skills test uses multiple-choice questions which applicants are sent to complete during the early stages of the recruitment process. Each candidate receives a test score which provides you with valuable insight that can be used to rank top performers and assess core strengths and weaknesses.

    For a candidate to do well, they need to successfully demonstrate general operations management knowledge, as well as excellent situational judgement related to typical work scenarios that might occur.

    Candidates will typically need to score within the top 50% of test-takers in order to be considered for shortlisting and to move forward in your recruitment process.

About the Operations Manager Test

An operations manager is responsible for managing, hiring and training employees as well as operational improvements for both small and large organisations. Their goal is to maintain and increase efficiency within a business.

An operations manager test helps ensure candidates have the necessary skills and abilities to perform this role successfully.

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  • Why use an operations manager test?

    Hiring an operations manager can prove challenging, particularly when using traditional methods of recruitment such as CVs and applications. Although these methods are useful, they tend to be weighted more towards experience than skills. It can also be difficult to distinguish between candidates with seemingly similar levels of work experience which could lead to decisions being based on instinct rather than data.

    An operations manager test helps solve this problem by providing data-driven insights in order to base your decisions on. The test can be easily sent to a large number of applicants to identify the most suitable candidates for your decision. Using test scores and other metrics will allow you to shortlist only the most qualified candidates, saving time and resources, and reducing hiring bias within your recruitment process.

    The test will highlight a candidate's proficiency in key areas which are required to be successful in an operations role, such as their situational judgement, time management, cultural fit and general operations knowledge.

    Applicants who perform well on the tests can then be advanced to the next stage, where more time can be invested in interviewing and screening top-quality candidates.

    An operations manager test could be useful for the following additional roles:

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Results for the Operations Manager 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 operations manager 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. numerical reasoning) and relevant personality dimensions (e.g. planning). 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 operations manager 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 operations manager 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

Operations Manager Test FAQs

Is the operations manager test difficult?

The operations manager test helps assess an intermediate level of proficiency using multiple-choice questions. Each question can range from easy to difficult, allowing you to identify top performers.

What other tests should be used to recruit an operations manager?

You might want to consider using a personality assessment to test for cultural fit, as well as a range of soft skills such as time management and interpersonal skills.

What is the cost for Picked's operations manager test?

Picked offers monthly or annual subscriptions for businesses of all sizes, so choose one that best fits your needs. You can check out our subscription plans here.

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.

“Focusing on data reduced the subjective decision making from our hiring process and allowed us to reduce bias and make better hiring decisions.”
Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden
Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden

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