Food Handler Test

When looking to fill a food handler position, it's important to make sure that the candidate has the skills necessary to do the job. A food handler skills test can help ensure that the candidate is a good fit for the position.

  • What is a food handler skills test?

    A food handler is someone who works closely with food and has to work with food outside of its packaging. This could involve cooking, sorting, testing or transporting. By using a food handler skills test, it is possible to find applicants who would be successful in this job due to the skills they have.

    A food handler needs a variety of skills and this multiple-choice test is an efficient and easy way of testing those skills before an interview or trial within the hiring process.

    Some of the skills a food handler needs are cooking ability, communication, interpersonal skills, teamwork and problem solving.

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Our pre-employment tests let you drill down to the best candidates at the click of a button.

  • 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.

  • What are the benefits of using the food handler skills test for pre-screening?

    Food handlers work closely with open food and must be trained how to work with the food without increasing any risk of infections or viruses reaching the food. Usually, food handlers work in small groups and must be able to confidently fit into the team for the best outcome.

    This test can be used to highlight the key skills needed to be a food handler including the range of soft skills such as communication, teamwork and problem solving. These skills are essential for a food handler.

    By using a skills test, a company can narrow down the applicants to the best suitable for the role with a quick and cost-efficient method. The test doesn't require office space or the time of a current employee as candidates can complete the test at home on their own time.

    The food handler skills test could also be used for a wide range of positions in the food industry such as a kitchen manager, waiter or chef. It could also be used for jobs where teamwork and communication are priorities such as working in a small office or customer service.

How our test measures food handler skills

Test questions are designed to assess industry-specific technical skills, soft skills, aptitude and suitable personality dimensions. Our data-driven approach provides results that enable you to determine how suited is a candidate for the role.

Depending on the type of question, the format of the test may vary. Multiple-choice questions are used to measure aptitude, technical skills and soft skills, while agreement on a Likert scale assesses suitable personality dimensions. Skills tests ensure that candidates are being evaluated in a precise and impartial manner, their results demonstrating the true knowledge and potential of each test taker.

The characteristics required to be a food handler were determined by looking at the skills and abilities listed in the US Department of Labor’s O*NET database, which collects data from professionals in various fields.

O*NET is the largest database of its kind, providing detailed information about occupations and the requirements for each role.

Our team of I/O psychologists and psychometrics worked closely with subject-matter experts to create an extensive question bank that can be used to test multiple candidates. We also conducted rigorous field testing with a representative sample of candidates to ensure that the questions were reliable and valid.

Test scores are averaged together to give an overall score. The average score is compared to other candidates' scores to ensure there is no bias toward certain candidates.

Our food handler test is constantly updated and optimized to ensure the best experience and results.


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).
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    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.

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Greg Chambers, HR Business Partner, Littlefish Ltd

Food Handler Test FAQs

What are the necessary skills to be a food handler?

There are lots of necessary skills to be a food handler, however as a food handler is part of a team, soft skills are essential. These skills could include communication, problem solving, teamwork and interpersonal skills.

Is the food handler test difficult?

The food handler test is designed to test the skills essential to becoming a food handler. If an individual has those skills, the test will be challenging but not very difficult. However, if the individual doesn’t have the skills, it will be significantly harder.

Can I see what the test is like?

Yes, of course. You can try the test for free by signing up for a free trial.

Are these tests available in my plan?

We have a range of plans available. The difference between the plans is the number of test attempts permitted, not the type of tests. All our plans include our full test suite comprising all tests and all levels.

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