Government & Public Sector

Government and public sector tests are a really useful recruitment device to assess core skills and traits for many roles within the government and public sector.

  • About the government & public sector test

    Working in the government or public sector comes with a certain amount of responsibility. As a result, it’s really important to ensure those who are hired meet a set standard, and have the knowledge and skills required to fulfill the role requirements.

    The tests you use can help you screen candidates for vital traits and skills such as communication, teamwork, time management and decision making. You can also hone in on more specific skills that may be needed, such as verbal or logical reasoning.

    Some of these things can be really hard to gauge from a resume alone, so using the tests as a pre-screening device is a great way to strengthen your recruitment process.

    As well as cutting down the time it takes you to review resumes and meet interested candidates, the tests can also help you find more suitable candidates and improve your long-term retention — all of which saves your business money in the long run.

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  • Find those candidates who will excel in the role.

    Select the assessments that match the skills or behaviours for the position. You can test for software or coding competency, soft skills like teamwork, or personality traits, to be sure those who pass have high potential.

  • Reduce costs and time.

    No more laborious sifting of resumes or cover letters. Pick your ideal assessment mix, invite your applicants to take them, see the results in your dashboard. Get to the interview stage fast.

  • Eliminate bias.

    All your candidates take the assessments on a level playing field. Only their results determine whether they get shortlisted.

  • Benefits of the government & public sector test

    Pre-screening is becoming increasingly popular with recruiters and employers who want to improve the longevity and quality of their hires, and make their hiring processes more time and cost-efficient.

    Using tests early on in the process, before even reading resumes, means you can collect data on your pool of candidates. From this, you can see which candidates you may be interested in meeting with, and get a clearer idea of individual strengths and weaknesses.

    The tests also give you information you may wish to use further down the line to tailor further tasks or better inform your interview questions.

    Employers are also turning to pre-screening tests as a means of reducing bias. By judging everyone on the results of the same test, you level the playing field and ensure things like resumes, or where someone went to college, don’t become deciding factors in a hire.

    Depending on which tests you use, you could recruit for many different government and public sector roles including:

    • Finance, accounting and HR roles

    • Civil service roles

    • Local government roles

    • Further head office jobs

First of all, you’ll need to consider the role you’re hiring and the most important skills and traits needed to succeed in that role. Then you can put together the right suite of tests (or select the best singular test) to help you screen candidates.

The following tests could all be really useful when hiring for a government or public sector role:

Verbal reasoning test

Verbal reasoning tests are a good indicator of a candidate’s comprehension skills.

On the test, applicants will be asked to read through a passage of text (potentially on an unfamiliar subject) before being asked multiple choice questions on the content they’ve read.

The idea is to read the text as efficiently as possible, storing key information and ensuring an understanding of what’s presented as a fact and what’s been inferred.

There will be a lot of reading, analyzing and communicating as part of any role in the government and public sector. That’s why the verbal reasoning test is a really useful exam to consider as part of your recruitment process.

Error checking test

Error checking tests look at how well a candidate can spot errors, inconsistencies and problems in large numerical or verbal data sets.

Candidates will be asked to compare data sets that at first glance look identical or very similar. When comparing the two lists, they’ll need to pull out any errors. The test is always timed, as that added pressure gives you a better understanding of how well someone performs under pressure.

This test is particularly useful for roles in the sector where working with data or a high level of accuracy is important.

Decision making test

Decision making tests use relatable workplace scenarios to analyze the type of decision maker each candidate is. Under tight timed conditions (to add to the pressure) candidates will need to read each hypothetical scenario, and select their response from a number of options.

The answers they give will help you form a better picture of how good they are at making quick and sensible decisions, and how their mind works overall.

This test is particularly useful when recruiting for leadership positions such as managers and directors, or people who regularly have to make important decisions on behalf of the organization.

Time management test

Time management is important in many roles. It’s about how well candidates can manage conflicting priorities and meet deadlines. As you might expect from such a test, it’s taken under timed conditions to increase the pressure and give a more accurate portrayal of each candidate's skills.

Multiple choice questions are used to probe candidates on the strategies they’d take to ensure they met deadlines and juggled their list of tasks effectively.

The time management test is a useful pre-screening device for a large proportion of government and public sector roles, where juggling deadlines and projects is all part of the day job.

Logical reasoning test

Logical reasoning tests assess overall problem-solving ability. Candidates will be given non-verbal and non-numerical puzzles to solve. They’ll need to use their innate logic to complete a pattern of shapes or find the rule governing a sequence.

As with most aptitude tests, the logical reasoning test is multiple-choice, and will be timed to increase the pressure put on candidates.

Those who are good at logical reasoning tests tend to be natural problem-solvers, able to keep calm in a crisis and remain practical. These qualities are highly prized in the government and public sector.


Predictor of job success

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).
  • Assessments

    A full suite of assessments

    Our platform comes with 12 tests across both foundation and advanced levels so they’re suitable for everyone. Including aptitude, behavioural and personality tests, you’ll have a full range of tests to help you find the candidates you’re seeking.

  • Analytics

    An array of candidate metrics

    For each of your candidates, you’ll be given a comprehensive report. Included will be all the metrics you need to build a detailed picture of each candidate and ensure you’re making the right hiring decisions.

“The platform is so simple to use. I had used competitor providers for over six years and will never go back. Fast, efficient and friendly!”
Greg Chambers, HR Business Partner, Littlefish Ltd
Greg Chambers, HR Business Partner, Littlefish Ltd

Government & Public Sector FAQs

What are the core skills of a government & public sector employee?

The core skills may depend on the specifics of the government or public sector role you’re hiring for. But in general, people working in the industry need to be good communicators, excellent at time management, self-motivated, adept at solving problems and always flexible and adaptable.

Can I use this test to hire for senior roles?

Yes. The test or test battery you select can be adapted for any role, including more senior positions.

What is the price of the government & public sector test?

We offer a range of monthly and annual plans to meet your organization’s unique needs. Every plan includes our complete test suite covering all tests and all levels of difficulty. The only difference is the number of test attempts allowed.

Can I try out the test for free?

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.

“An unbeatable service, impressive platform and fantastic value for money.”
Laurence Fishman, Partner, NLPCA
Laurence Fishman, Partner, NLPCA

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