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Why Screen Employees with Computer Testing?

photo of computer for testing candidates

Are you screening your potential employees with computer testing?

Whether that means basic computer literacy, software specific testing, or typing speed, you should be screening all relevant employees and here’s why:

  • Make the right hire – the first time. Without proper computer testing you could be hiring an employee that doesn’t have the skill set needed, and it was 100% avoidable! Many candidates will claim proficiency, but seeing that word on a resume offers very little insight.
  • Value for the time and money. These tests are typically fast and inexpensive. For minimal extra effort and resources computer testing can offer a massive value add to the hiring process, and it does not have to be handled internally. At Platinum Personnel we offer a wide range of computer software testing as part of our recruiting services, or as a stand-alone service.
  • Reduce training time. When you can have confidence that your hire understands the specific software needed to perform the job well, that’s hours of training dollars saved and directly put back into immediate and productive work.

Keys to remember:

  • This is a ruling-out process, not highest score wins. These tests are a valuable contribution to an applicant pool, but of course do not tell the complete story. They are best thought of as a way of ruling out candidates that fall below a benchmark, not being the deciding factor between two great candidates with similar scores.
  • Depending on the role, such as data entry or an administrative position, a simple typing test can give significant insight to the employee’s potential pace and quality of work. Fast and accurate typing saves minutes throughout the day that turns into hours of saved time that can be used for additional work, adding to the bottom line of the business. It also predicts the employee’s ability to produce and send error-free correspondence, forms and documentation.
  • Platinum Personnel can test a wide variety of software, programs, and skills in our computer testing facilities at our office in downtown Kelowna as well as remotely. These include typing, Microsoft Office, accounting, bookkeeping, and much more. These services are free when combined with our recruiting services or are available at a low cost to any employer or job seeker. Let us provide you with the necessary tests and advice to help in your next hire.

The Candidate Process

What to expect when applying to a recruitment agency…

Many job seekers use online job boards as their primary means of finding employment opportunities. It may not occur to them to visit a recruitment agency; however, recruiters can play an important part in helping candidates find a role that fits their skill set, experience, interests and career goals.

If you’re curious about the process of registering with a recruitment agency, here is what you can expect when you visit the team at Platinum Personnel. Best of all, our services are FREE for job seekers.

How to Prepare

When you come to Platinum Personnel, make sure you are prepared:

  • Bring your resume
  • Bring contact information for 2-3 professional references
  • We encourage you to dress like you would for a professional interview. First impressions count!
  • Allow up to 2 hours for your visit

Initial Meeting

This is our standard process for meeting with new candidates.

  1. Register with our friendly administrative team who will collect your contact information and details about the type of work you are seeking (temporary or permanent).
  2. Meet with one of our inhouse recruiters who will review your resume with you and discuss your current and future career goals.
  3. If applicable to the type of work you are seeking, we will set you up in our computer lab to complete online testing related to the roles you wish to fill. For example: Microsoft Word, Excel, or Accounting Basics.
  4. We will review your test scores with you and answer any questions you may have.

Next Steps

  1. Our team will check your professional references to learn more about you and your experience.
  2. For permanent employment placements, we will contact you regarding available positions you may be suited to. If you have an interest in pursuing the role we will present you to the client for consideration and if they shortlist you we will then arrange for you to interview with them and will keep you updated throughout the hiring process.
  3. For temporary employment placements, we will provide you with an introductory package that outlines what you can expect while doing temporary work, payment processes, etc. When a temp assignment arises that could be a fit for you, we call you with the details to see if you’re available- assignments can range from days, to weeks, to months.

Our team is here to help every step of the way and we love meeting new candidates! If you’re ready for a new opportunity contact us today by phone, email, or a visit to our downtown Kelowna office.