Teamwork skills are important to assess during the pre-employment stages of hiring. Use this test to assess a candidate's teamwork abilities.

  • What is a teamwork skills test?

    A teamwork test is a simple way to assess individual candidates on their soft skills; something that can be difficult to learn through more traditional application processes.

    Teamwork is an essential part of most roles, and the teamwork test assesses candidates using questions based on fictional yet realistic workplace scenarios. To answer the question, the candidate must decide on the best and worst course of action to take to solve the problem using their teamwork skills.

    In the teamwork skills test, the candidate is also assessed on other related soft skills that are essential to a good team player, including:

    • Communication
    • Active listening
    • Empathy
    • Reliability

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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.

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

  • Why is a teamwork skills test so important when hiring?

    For success in both specific projects and day-to-day work, almost every industry needs to be sure that they are hiring a team player when they advertise a vacancy.

    Teamwork is essential for a high-functioning team, and each member needs to be able to recognise, respect, and appreciate the viewpoints and skillset of every other employee.

    Good team players are reliable, they are willing to get stuck in to help for the greater good, and they put the team before their own needs. They cooperate and communicate effectively to make collaboration easy, and they can be both flexible in their approach and accountable when necessary.

    Assessing whether an applicant for a role has the right level of teamwork skills is almost impossible to do through a resume - and it is not easy to gauge at an interview either. Applying a teamwork skills test at an early stage of the application process has several benefits for the recruitment team and for the wider business.

    The teamwork test is simple to administer to a large number of candidates and they cate take it at home in their own time. This means that it can be used to narrow down a large candidate pool based on an essential skill for the role.

    The immediately available results are presented in a report, and recruiters can use this to provide actionable, quantifiable data on the suitability of a candidate to take further into the application process or interview.

    Using a test like this demonstrates the potential future success that a candidate will have if employed, reducing the cost per hire and the risk of a high turnover.

    Employers can use the teamwork test for several roles across different industries - in fact, you would find it difficult to think of a job where teamwork was not needed for success.

Sample Teamwork question

You are asked to collaborate with a colleague from another department on a critical project. You have worked with this colleague before and have transferred departments because of his lack of cooperation. Your supervisor expects you to handle the project well. What do you do next?

  • Inform the supervisor of the issue and request they assign another colleague to work with you.

  • Tell the supervisor that you are not willing to work on the project and provide your reasons for that.

  • Have an open discussion with the colleague up front and see if you could work collaboratively.

  • Let the colleague know that you are open to discussion and are willing to collaborate if they do the same.

How to assess teamwork skills using our test

Our teamwork skills test asks a variety of questions that vary in difficulty level. Candidates who demonstrate strong teamwork skills should be able to answer most of the questions correctly.

The teamwork skills test provides valuable insight into a candidate's ability to work well within a team. The test is structured using multiple-choice questions: a familiar format for most test-takers, that allows for instant and objective scoring.

As well as the correct answer, there are typically 2–3 distractors, representing common misconceptions and mistakes. This helps make the test more challenging, so a candidate's ability can be measured more accurately.

Test scores are provided to the user and can be compared to other test-takers in your talent pool, to see how they perform relative to each other.

Each test has been thoroughly reviewed to ensure accuracy and validity in line with industry standards. It has been written, examined and edited by I/O psychologists and psychometric professionals. It has also been reviewed by a diverse sample of job seekers to check for any issues including sensitivity, face validity, fairness and accessibility.

This test is continually monitored so our team can optimize performance and regularly assess fairness issues.


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    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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Teamwork FAQs

How do you measure teamwork?

As a soft skill, it is not easy to measure teamwork skills by looking at a resume. Even in an interview with the right questions, it can be hard to decide if a candidate is a good team player. Using a teamwork skills test puts the candidate in work-based scenarios with the opportunity to demonstrate through the actions they choose exactly how well they work as part of a team.

Who should be assessed for teamwork skills?

Teamwork skills are essential in almost every sector and in every type of industry, but they are definitely something that should be tested if you are recruiting for a job that involves lots of project work, or collaborating with colleagues in other departments.

Teamwork skills are just as important for managers and leaders as they are for administrative staff, marketing teams, and those that are producing goods and services.

Are teamwork skill tests difficult?

The content of a teamwork test is not particularly challenging, but candidates might find it difficult to choose the most relevant responses under exam pressure. Some of the actions might seem to have similar consequences, so they will have to think about what would be the most effective way to approach the issue.

This is similar to the pressure they might feel in the workplace, so it is a good way to see how they perform in a team.

When should you use a teamwork test?

Teamwork tests tend to be used in the early stages of the recruitment process, just after the initial sift through resumes has occurred. This is because the tests are easy to send to multiple applicants, so they are a good way to reduce an unwieldy candidate pool.

Some companies will use a teamwork test as part of the assessment for things like promotions or to establish any training needs.

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