Error Checking Tests

Error checking tests assess a candidate's attention to detail and their ability to spot errors.

  • What are error checking aptitude tests?

    Error checking aptitude tests are assessments that are used to screen applicants based on their attention to detail and ability to identify inconsistencies.

    The assessment is based on a string of seemingly identical datasets, either numerical or written. The candidate must find the differences by comparing the sets of data. This is a timed assessment that puts candidates under pressure to complete the activity quickly and efficiently, much like in the workplace where mistakes could result in an unprofessional image or even a negative impact on the bottom line.

    Error checking aptitude tests are simple for recruiters to administer and are mostly used as pre-employment screening assessments early in the recruitment process for roles where an eye for detail is important to success.

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  • What do error checking tests measure?

    Error checking tests simply measure candidates on their ability to spot mistakes and differences.

    This is an aptitude that is closely linked to other analytical skills, and is important when considering a candidate for a role where data is created or managed, whether it is numerical or written information.

    Candidates who perform well on error checking tests are able to work consistently and produce work that is thorough and free from mistakes. They can work well under pressure and spot inconsistencies through matching and comparing data, and they will be able to help avoid costly mistakes in preparing and presenting information, whether to shareholders or to the public.

    The error checking assessment itself produces simple-to-read and understand results that can be used to pick the best candidates to take forward in the recruitment process.

Sample Error Checking Tests question

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What employers use error checking tests and why?

Error checking tests tend to be used by recruiters and employers who are filling roles where an eye for detail is necessary.

This can include customer care representatives, analytical roles, and administrative positions. The error checking test is especially useful for positions where data entry is an important part of daily tasks.

Error checking tests are simple to administer to a large number of candidates at the same time, so recruiters tend to use them early in the process; generally after the initial paper sift.

The results of the assessment demonstrate which candidates have the right level of skill and required aptitude to be successful in a role that needs attention to detail.

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What are the benefits of using an error checking test in your hiring process?

If you are hiring for a role that requires attention to detail, then the error checking test will show which candidates have what it takes to be successful.

It is a test that can be used to narrow down a large pool of candidates after an initial paper sift - which is useful when a recruitment team has received dozens of applications from seemingly identically qualified people. Once the initial paper sifts have confirmed that the basic criteria of experience and education have been achieved, the error checking test can be used to make decisions.

The results of the error checking assessment provide the recruitment team with objective and quantifiable data about which candidates have the skills in error checking and the eye for detail that is necessary for success in the role. This is something that is not easy to assess through a paper sift, and even in an interview might not be simple to evaluate.

Using the error checking test will mean that only the candidates who have demonstrated an aptitude for identifying inconsistencies will be taken further into the recruitment process, saving time and money in interviewing and reducing the risk of a bad hire.


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Error Checking Tests FAQs

Is the error checking test difficult?

The error checking assessment is not difficult in content, but the combination of exam pressure and the related time limit can make it harder for a candidate to spot the errors, especially in unfamiliar information.

What roles need error checking tests during the application process?

Recruiters tend to use the error checking test early in the application process for roles where consistency and detail are important. These can range from analytical or engineering positions to administrative or data entry positions.

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