Microsoft Outlook Test

The Picked Microsoft outlook test assesses applicants’ proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Outlook application.

  • What is a Microsoft Outlook test?

    Microsoft Outlook is a well-known personal information management system used by many individuals and businesses.

    The Picked Microsoft Outlook test enables recruiters to assess how well applicants can use Microsoft Outlook and whether they understand all of the application's features.

    The most common features of Microsoft Outlook that are assessed in the test include sending emails, diary management, and connecting with other individuals through the application's instant messaging system.

    A candidate's proficiency in using the more advanced application features might also be assessed. These include scheduling emails, creating tasks, assigning tasks, and creating keyboard shortcuts.

About the Microsoft Outlook Test

Used by many organisations, Microsoft Outlook is an application that is integral to the day-to-day running of an organisation.

Many applicants may be familiar with the basic functionality of Microsoft Outlook, such as sending and receiving emails or basic diary management. The application also has many advanced features such as auto-scheduling and archiving. Candidates who are proficient in all aspects of the application including these more advanced features use Microsoft Outlook to bring a greater level of efficiency and organisation to their role.

Using the Picked Microsoft Outlook test as part of your recruitment process enables you to practically determine a candidate’s level of proficiency in using Microsoft Outlook, helping to shortlist the best candidates for the role.

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  • Why should you use a Microsoft Outlook test for recruiting?

    Microsoft Outlook is a commonly used application in the workplace. Many candidates state that they are proficient in using the application but when faced with a large pool of applicants, assessing this fairly and transparently in practice is difficult.

    The Picked Microsoft Outlook test solves this problem. The test helps recruiters objectively assess a candidate’s skill level in using Microsoft Outlook.

    The results of the test identify those candidates who can use all features of the Microsoft Outlook application and enables you to compare candidates according to their level of proficiency in using Microsoft Outlook.

    This is beneficial in deciding between candidates who on paper state they have the same level of experience.

    The test is easy to administer to a large pool of applicants and is a fair way of shortlisting applicants based on their practical abilities. Those that demonstrate the level of skill needed progress to the next stage, those that do not can be eliminated from the recruitment process.

    When used in the early stages of the recruitment process, the test also provides a cost-efficient and reliable way of shortlisting the best candidates for the role.

    There are many job roles where basic of advanced proficiency in the use of Microsoft Outlook is necessary, such as:

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Results for the Microsoft Outlook 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 Microsoft Outlook skills

In Picked's Microsoft Outlook test, candidates will need to answer a range of questions targeting an intermediate level of proficiency, from demonstrating knowledge across various Microsoft Outlook features and functions to troubleshooting questions. The test is designed to indicate how well a candidate understands Microsoft Outlook based on a final test score, which can then be compared to the scores of other applicants.

The multiple-choice questions consist of one correct answer and two to four distractors. The distractors are mostly generic mistakes or misconceptions, which makes the test challenging and helps measure a candidate's proficiency more accurately.

During the development process, the test was rigorously analysed to maximise reliability and validity in line with industry best practices. It was created and tested by experienced marketers and psychometric experts, and field-tested with a representative sample of job applicants who have varying Microsoft Outlook 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 Microsoft Outlook proficiency.

Our software tests are monitored to ensure they are 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 offer Microsoft Outlook tests for all levels so you can assess all roles within your organisation.

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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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FAQs

What are advanced Outlook skills?

Candidates who have advanced Outlook skills are familiar with how to use the less common features of Microsoft Outlook, such as:

  • Scheduling tasks and emails
  • Auto-archiving
  • Exporting documents
  • Setting up RSS feeds
  • Customising multiple outlook panes according to type.
  • Troubleshooting basic outlook issues
Is the Microsoft Outlook test difficult?

The Picked Microsoft Outlook test is designed to accurately and fairly determine a candidate’s proficiency in the use of Microsoft Outlook. Candidates using the application regularly or those who can practically use the multiple features of the application will perform well in the test.

Can I try the test for free?

Yes, simply sign up (no credit card is required) and we’ll give you unlimited access for 7 days. Create as many jobs and test as many candidates as you want; you won’t be charged a penny.

What is the cost for Picked's Microsoft Outlook test?

We believe in simple, transparent pricing. We operate monthly and annual subscriptions so you can pick the perfect plan for you. Don't worry if you're not sure: you can always upgrade or downgrade later, or speak to us to discuss the option of a custom made plan to fit your needs. This is all you ever pay – no set-up or hidden fees.

“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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