Order Picker Test

An order picker has the responsibility of picking and packaging orders for customers. These might be stored on shelves in a warehouse, or they might be shopping from supermarket shelves on the customer's behalf. The order picker needs to have several skills and abilities such as good physical strength and an eye for detail.

  • What is an order picker test?

    The order picker test is a pre-employment assessment that is designed to evaluate candidates based on the skills and aptitudes that are specific to the role. The test itself is simple for a recruitment team to administer to a large number of candidates, and the data from the test results will demonstrate which of the applicants have what it takes to be successful.

    The test asks relevant questions and there are multiple-choice options for answers. The candidates take the assessment online and on their own time.

    Job knowledge tests like the order picker test are becoming more commonly used because they are an excellent way to judge each candidate in an unbiased way, with a specific focus on the skills, attributes, and aptitudes that are needed in the role.

    To be chosen at the testing stage of the recruitment process, the candidate needs to meet the initial sifting criteria of experience and qualifications (if relevant), and they then need to demonstrate the job knowledge and skills that are needed.

About the Order Picker Test

The order picker test is designed to be used early in the recruitment process. It is a simple test that is administered to candidates through an email link, which means that the applicants take the test whenever and wherever is most convenient to them - within an agreed time limit, of course.

For the recruitment team, the order picker test provides results that are unbiased and quantifiable, so the data can be used to choose the right candidates to take through to the next stage of the process, based on the way the candidate demonstrated their skills, knowledge, and abilities.

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  • Why should you use an order picker test for recruiting?

    An order picker needs a specific set of skills and aptitudes to be successful, and not all of these are easy to recognize using more traditional recruitment processes.

    An order picker does not usually require any specific qualifications, and there are no expectations of any formal education. Most order pickers undertake on-the-job training, and those with a license to drive a forklift or operate other heavy machinery in a warehouse are often sought after.

    Aside from these criteria, the order picker needs to be able to use different software and technology, such as scanners and barcodes, to ensure that they select the right items. They also need to have a good eye for detail to ensure that the items picked match the order and that they match the quality control standards of the business. If the role is working in the warehouse, the candidate needs to have a good knowledge of health and safety standards, policies, and procedures. They do need to have good physical health and strength, as the order picker will be required to help with deliveries and potentially lift heavy items.

    Assessing these things is not easy, through a paper sift and even in an interview - and that is why the order picker job knowledge test is a useful tool. Each candidate is presented with the same questions and the same time limit to answer the questions, so the applicants that score highly are more likely to be suitable for the role. The results are available to the recruitment team immediately, and provide easily accessible data that does not have any unconscious bias, is easily quantifiable, and can be used with a benchmark to reduce a large candidate pool to only those that are the best qualified with the right skills and knowledge.

    The order picker test is also suitable for recruitment teams who are looking for a warehouse worker or a store clerk.

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Results for the Order Picker 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 order picker skills

Candidates will need to answer a range of questions that measure industry-specific soft skills where applicable (e.g. teamwork), aptitude (e.g. logical reasoning) and relevant personality dimensions (e.g. integrity). 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 order picker 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 order picker test is monitored to ensure it is up-to-date and optimized 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!”
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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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Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain

Order Picker Test FAQs

What skills are required to be an order picker?

An order picker needs to be able to follow detailed instructions and have a good eye for detail to ensure that the right items are chosen according to the customer's order. They also need to be able to use relevant tools, technology, and machineries, such as barcode scanners and forklift trucks.

What other tests can be used to recruit an order picker?

Another relevant test to use when you are recruiting an order picker is the error-checkingtest, which focuses on attention to detail. Another great pre-employment assessment would be the mechanical reasoning test, which will help to show which candidates can work with mechanics.

What is the cost for Picked's order picker 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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