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Attention to Detail Skill Tests

Examples of The Hire Talent’s Attention to Detail Tests

Attention To Detail Test

This test features two sets of data where the candidate is forced to determine which set fits with the example, depending on the instructions.

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Audio Recording Data Entry

This test features an audio recording that allows the listener to capture the important aspects of the conversation and assesses how accurately the information is copied.

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Copy Typing Alpha-numeric Data Entry

This test features a set of data that asks the reader to quickly copy the data in the above set into the blank fields below, measuring for accuracy and efficiency.

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Attention to Detail Tests

Description of Attention to Detail Tests
Attention to Detail Tests measure a person’s ability and self-discipline to deal with details accurately.

Detail oriented tests make sure a candidate or employee will not make too many mistakes with details and knows the importance of double-checking details. This test also assesses whether a person can read and follow simple instructions.

The Attention to Detail Test measures a candidate’s ability to match sets of data with another set, checking for nuances, slight variations, or discrepancies among the data sets.

Administrative and Technical
The Administrative Detail Test is best suited for clerical or administrative positions while the Technical Detail Test is more numbers and technical-oriented, which we have found is best suited for engineering or high-level technical roles.

What the Test is NOT
A knowledge, memory, personality, or a problem-solving test. This test does NOT measure if a person enjoys doing detail work, either. Just one’s ability to do it.

Usefulness of the Attention to Detail Test
Use these tests to make sure you are not hiring someone who makes too many mistakes with details or doesn’t double and triple check his or her work. These are also useful for identifying a candidate who can’t or won’t read, follow instructions, or who jumps to incorrect conclusions about instructions.

Who Should The Attention to Detail Test be Given To?
Anyone who needs to be accurate with details. Salespeople and management folks may not like getting bogged down with paperwork and other detail-oriented work, but should be good at it nonetheless, since it’s usually an inevitable part of the job.

Good salespeople are usually not all that great with details, so avoid using an Attention to Detail skill test unless (in the rare instance) it can be shown that your existing salespeople do well on them or absolutely need these types of skills to do their job effectively.

Test Details
There are forty-four detail problems all with four possible answers to each, and there is only one right answer per problem. Questions are designed for application and do not depend on memory for the correct answer. The test is also timed, and if it takes a candidate over 20 minutes to complete the test, the overall score will be reduced for each 5 minute interval they are over that time.

It is interesting to note that those who do the test in less than 12 minutes and do not score 100% are often not checking their work and causing lots of problems over detail mistakes.

Can This Test be Done at Home?
Yes, this is a good test to be done at home and can be used for screening or reducing the size of your final candidate pool. It is very difficult for a candidate to ask for help on this test as the candidate often does not know of another’s ability to do detail work. Also, since it is timed, you know if the person took too long to do the test.

Average Time to Take the Attention to Detail Test
This test should take about 20 minutes to complete. Candidates should not start the test unless they have 30 minutes of uninterrupted time available to dedicate to completing it.

Closely Related Tests
Math Tests, Logic Test and the Word or Reading Test.

Positions Most Applicable
Administrative, Accounting, Project Managers, Data-Entry, Technical Researchers, Estimators, Researchers, Customer Service and other Administrative Support positions.

Factors in Grading the Attention to Detail Skill Tests
There are three main factors that determine the overall score on the Detail Skills Test. These are: how a person answered the questions, the time it took to answer the questions, and how well he or she followed the instructions provided.

Answering the Questions
The first factor is how well a person answered the questions. The object of the questions on the Attention to Detail Test is to determine whether or not a person can accurately identify the matching answer based on a series of letters and/or numbers given to them. The questions are divided into two sections: Simple Details and Complex Details. The Simple Detail questions are usually made of less than 5 letters and numbers. The Complex Detail questions are usually made of 5 or more letters and numbers, usually in combinations (i.e. codes that require both letters and numbers and addresses).

Since the Simple Detail questions are made of more simplistic and shorter combinations of numbers and letters, these questions are weighed less heavily than the Complex Detail questions. As a result, if a person gets a score below 100 for Complex Details then it is weighed against them more heavily than a score of 100 for Simple Details is weighted for them. For example, if a person got a score of 0 for Complex Details and 60 for Simple Details, the person may get an overall score of 0 since a score of 0 for Complex Details is deemed to be a very poor score and weighted more heavily.

Time
The second factor is the amount of time it took a person to answer the questions. The average time that it takes for a person to complete the Detail Skills Test is between 15 to 20 minutes. If a person takes less than 15 minutes to complete the test then the overall score may increase if errors are minimal. However, if a person takes more than 20 minutes to complete the test then the overall score may decrease.

Before beginning the Detail Skills Test, the person should be informed that the time it takes for them to complete is not as important as accuracy. For example, a person may take the test in less than 15 minutes, but still receive a poor result since he or she did not take the time to read the instructions or to check his or her work. Likewise, a person may take more than 30 minutes, but still receive a good result since he or she took the time to make sure that the answers are correct.

Following Instructions
The third factor is whether or not a person followed the instructions necessary to answer the questions accurately. Since instructions are a form of detail, if the results indicate that a person did not follow an instruction, then it may mean that the person may have difficulty with details. The consequence of a person not following the instructions on the Detail Skills Test is that the overall score will decrease by 18%.

Alpha-Numeric, Copy Typing & Data Entry

Description of Data Entry Tests 
Our data entry and typing tests go a step further by asking candidates to quickly and efficiently enter this detail-oriented data.

The Copy Typing Data Entry test measures a candidate’s ability to quickly and accurately enter data and copy type a variety of alpha-numeric data.

The Call Center Conversation Data Entry Test is an audio-based skill test that measures candidate’s ability to to accurately capture spoken information accurately and effectively.

Usefulness of Data Entry Tests
Use these tests to make sure you are not hiring someone who makes too many mistakes with data entry details or doesn’t double and triple check his or her work.

Like the attention to detail test, these are also useful for identifying a candidate who can’t or won’t read, follow instructions, or who jumps to incorrect conclusions about instructions.

Who Should The Data Entry Tests be Given To?
Anyone who needs to be accurate with details when entering sensitive or important data.

Give these tests to those in a call center, to administrative or receptionist positions where recording information is important to the success of the job and your business.

Test Details
For both types of data entry tests, there are a total of 80 different questions in the question pool that we choose from to assess ability.

Can This Test be Done at Home?
Yes, this is a good test to be done at home and can be used for screening or reducing the size of your final candidate pool. It is very difficult for a candidate to ask for help on this test.

Average Time to Take the Data Entry Tests
These tests are set to a default 5 minutes to complete. You can select extended times if you wish. Candidates should not start the test unless they have 30 minutes of uninterrupted time available to dedicate to completing it.

Closely Related Tests
Math Tests, Logic Test, Attention to Detail Test, and the Word or Reading Test.

Positions Most Applicable
Administrative, Accounting, Project Managers, Data-Entry, Technical Researchers, Estimators, Researchers, Customer Service and other Administrative Support positions.

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