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Identify Candidates with Strong Attention to Detail

Getting the small details right can have massive impacts on your organization. Screen for Attention to detail.

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Attention to Detail

Definition

The desire or willingness to do the minute yet important aspects of a task.

The willingness to check and recheck one's work for the smallest mistakes.

What the Trait is NOT

It does not measure a person’s ability to do detail correctly or to catch mistakes. Many people, especially in management positions, are great at doing detail but they hate it and don’t do it unless they have to. We have tested hundreds of management employees on our attention to detail test that measures the actual ability to do detail. However, people who like doing detailed work are usually good at it.

Closely Related Traits

• Concentration
• Organization
• Confronting Paperwork

Closely Related Tests

Attention to Detail Test

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Low Range

Extreme Low Range

0 to 9 These people dislike messing with the fine points of a task. They will get frustrated quickly with the need to be exact and to recheck what they have done. If leaders, especially the big picture people, measure in this range, they should make sure they have others to delegate the detail work to. These people often do well in sales, customer service and other jobs dealing with people. This is not an indicator of attitude problems. WARNING: If “Organization” and “Confront Paperwork” are also low, this person is telling you in no uncertain terms they will be reluctant administrators.

Poor Range

Low Range

10 to 39. These people don’t want to mess with the fine points of a task. They will get frustrated quickly with the need to be exact and to recheck what they have done. If leaders, especially the big picture people, measure in this range which is common, they should make sure they have others to delegate the detail work to. These people often do well in sales, customer service and other jobs dealing with people. WARNING: If “Organization” and “Confront Paperwork” are also low, this person is telling you in no uncertain terms they will be reluctant administrators or highly technical people.

Ok Range

Medium Range

40 to 60 Shows a good balance between details and the overall picture and would be acceptable in most positions. This trait in this range would not adversely affect any position

Good Range

High Range

61 to 90 These people love the challenges of getting the fine points right. They are happy to spend hours getting the most minute aspects right. These people can get so wrapped up in the details they miss the bigger picture. These people make fine engineers, estimators, technicians, order entry workers, finish carpenters, clockmakers, accounting people and administrative assistants to name a few.

High Range

Extreme High Range

91 to 100 These people love the challenges of getting the fine points right. They are happy to spend hours getting the most minutes aspects right. These people can get so wrapped up in the details they miss the bigger picture. These people make fine engineers, estimators, technicians, order entry workers, finish carpenters, clockmakers, accounting people and administrative assistants to name a few. This not an indicator of integrity/attitude problems.

Interview Questions

Do you prefer to spend your time on the little things or the big things (can’t be both)?

Give me some examples of the little things you like working on and the big things you like working on?

What little things didn’t you like working on?

What big things didn’t you like working on?

If you had to do one of those all day long, which would you prefer doing and which ones would you prefer not doing?

What activity have you really enjoyed doing?

For Hiring Managers

If getting the small details right is crucial to the success of the role then screening candidates for attention to detail can provide hard data to make the right choice.

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