Supervisor Test

Supervisor tests help employers to evaluate whether job candidates have the right skills and necessary traits to be an effective supervisor.

  • What is a supervisor test?

    A supervisor test aims to determine whether a candidate can lead a team effectively and get the most out of that team. This test can be used by companies in the early stages of the recruitment process, to ensure the most qualified supervisor candidates are selected.

    The test asks a series of multiple-choice questions to evaluate a candidate's problem-solving and communication abilities, as well as how effectively they can manage conflict, delegate work and organise teams.

    Performing well on this test demonstrates a candidate is able to coordinate a team effectively to achieve its objectives, deal with issues, lead where needed and get the most out of other employees.

About the Supervisor Test

A supervisor oversees a team or department in some capacity. The role is often a bridge between their direct reports and more senior management, and they may need to communicate progress, manage workflow, evaluate performance, and resolve issues affecting employees. This test evaluates a candidate's proficiency in those skills, to ensure you select the most suitable person for your position.

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  • Why should you use a supervisor test for recruiting?

    Clearly you want to shortlist only the most suitable candidates for your supervisor position. But distinguishing between applicants based on their resume can be difficult, especially if they have a similar level of experience.

    A supervisor test solves this difficulty and can be easily administered to a large number of candidates to provide comparative data. This gives you more insight into the suitability of each candidate, creating a more efficient hiring process.

    The test highlights a candidate's proficiency in key skills needed to be a good supervisor, such as their situational judgement, leadership style, and people management.

    Applicants who best meet the requirements of the role can be shortlisted, while those who do not demonstrate the required level can be excluded.

    A supervisor test could be useful for the following roles:

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Results for the Supervisor 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 supervisory 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 supervisor 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 supervisor 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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    All our Supervisor tests are written by accredited psychologists and fully validated.

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


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    Simple, easy-to-use candidate comparison reports mean you don’t need to be a psychologist to interpret them.

“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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Written by a Supervisor Test expert

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


When in the application process is it best to use a supervisor test?

Generally speaking the best time to use such a test is after shortlisting initial applications but before any more formal interviews. The supervisor test allows you to sift that shortlist of applicants down to those most likely to possess the skills needed to be an effective supervisor.

What are the skills required for a supervisor?

This will of course vary depending on the industry and whether the supervisor is managing a team, department or shift. In general, key supervisory skills include communication, conflict management, delegation, interpersonal skills, planning and problem solving.

What is the cost for Picked's supervisor 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.

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
Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden

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