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Export candidate and test score data into popular ATS and LMS systems. You can also add your company logo and customize our look to match your branding.

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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the cost of a bad hire is at least 30% of the employee’s first-year earnings.

Many clients have reduced the cost of hiring by 70% and time to hire by 60% by using eSkill’s pre-employment tests in all phases of their selection process.

For example, OSF Digital, reduced its recruitment costs by 64% and time to hire by 68%. Download the case study to learn how they did it

Teri Vigneux

Executive Director


“We were expecting maybe 100 to 200 responses, but we ended up receiving close to 1,000 responses. eSkill provided the content and flexibility we needed to hire the right candidates for our accounting and financial positions.”

Islam Naguib

Recruitment Officer


“At LG Electronics, we believe that pre-employment assessment is now a must-have to ensure that each shortlisted candidate possesses the required skills necessary for the post. So we researched the various products on the market, and chose eSkill. eSkill is a comparatively powerful assessment tool that helped us in assessing & comparing candidates’ skills to select the best one.”

Carrie Whetzel


General Electric

“eSkill is a user-friendly system for our applicants, and the feedback I have received from some of them is that it helps them learn more about what we are looking for in prospective employees.”

Christa Foley

Recruiting Manager


“The wide variety and customizability of eSkill’s online testing allows us to pre-screen many of our candidates before they even get in the door. And this is key, because once a potential hire shows he/she possesses the skills necessary to do the job, our recruiters can concentrate on the second – and equally important – part of the screening process: the cultural fit. eSkill helps us assess a high volume of candidates in a fast, easy and efficient way.”

Anna Simpson

Customer Service Trainer, Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade (QTG) – a Unit of PepsiCo


“eSkill is a powerful tool that allowed us to determine if our training classes were adequate and efficient. The ease of the website and the tools they give you to create exactly what you need are phenomenal! I would recommend eSkill to anyone.”

Bob Nichols

Associate Director

University of Maryland

“The testing went great! We loved the ability to create our own test from a bank of existing questions. It was a key part of our search process and we found an excellent candidate. As I said, we don’t do searches for technical positions very often, but when we do, eSkill testing will always be a part of it.”

Seth Pickett

Associate Director, Human Resources

1800 Contacts

“eSkill helped us complete the circle in our hiring and screening process by providing a simple-to-use testing platform. This platform set the perfect stage to verify skills and abilities for applicants ranging from entry level customer service to senior level software engineers.”

William Cobb


Express Employment Professionals

“Great Product. eSkill is easy to set up, easy to adjust for specific needs, and has all the assessment exams we need to examine our associate qualifications in an efficient and timely manner. They have done an excellent job with the product role out, initial training, and ongoing support (although ongoing support is not really necessary due to the intuitive nature of the product). Having used 2 other testing software, this product is light-years ahead in every way.”

Michael Spreng


City of Cleveland

“Seamless and easy; great support. Ability to assemble own tests. Ease of sending test notices and score reporting. great communication with eskills staff members.”

Shonna Wessels


“eSkill has enhanced our pre-employment skills testing. With the large database of questions readily available, it is easy to create or alter a test to fit a specific position or department. The website is user friendly for both the applicant and the administrator. The people at eSkill have been extremely helpful and friendly on any question that has arisen.”

Lynn Sutton

American Pest Control

“Everyone I have had the pleasure to work with has been responsive, professional, and extremely helpful! Thank you!! I hope that the relationship will continue as I know that this is one of the best investments we have made.”

eSkill Pre-Employment Assessments

  • Including video response questions in assessments enables you to evaluate the entire candidate, not just skills and experience.
  • By asking candidates to provide a video “resume” you may uncover valuable skills and experience that would be an asset to your organization.
  • If a job requires extensive customer contact, you can evaluate candidates’ verbal communication skills for English and other languages.
  • Allow hiring managers and entire hiring teams to rate applicants’ responses from one to 10 stars based on criteria you establish.
  • Verify candidates’ identity by asking them to display a driver’s license or other picture ID.
  • Present candidates with common situations they would encounter on the job to evaluate their problem-solving skills.

Customer Success Stories

We did demos with maybe six other companies, and eSkill kept coming to the top, because of the flexibility, the integration into our Taleo application process, and then being able to use it in other areas of the company. Before, we had so many open loops that we couldn’t close because they were out of our control. Now, after integrating our Taleo system with eSkill, we’re able to move into the process immediately and we have scores in hand. It’s a 100% improvement in the time reduction.

Wanda Hatchett

Contact Center Scheduling Coordinator/Recruiter

The testing went great! We loved the ability to create our own test from a bank of existing questions. It was a key part of our search process and we found an excellent candidate. As I said, we don’t do searches for technical positions very often, but when we do, eSkill testing will always be a part of it.

Bob Nichols

Associate Director

Our strategic partnership with eSkill has most helped us in terms of recruitment for jobs which demand very specific and measurable skills, such as that of an IT programmer. The specifically targeted online assessments helped us set up entire teams of professional programmers who have taken our business to the next level and have contributed to establishing long-lasting business relationships with our clients.We found that administering eSkill tests offered all the information we needed when hiring, and was a great economic solution.

Andreea Hrab

HR Director

eSkill provides Service Credit Union the opportunity to test prospective employees’ skills before they are hired or even interviewed. The software is very user friendly, and managers can create tests that meet the needs of their departments or branches.

Johanna L. Montgomery

Manager, Human Resources

Our staffing agency switched from ProveIt to eSkill several months ago and we haven’t looked back since. We have had no technical issues, the software library and customized tests are beyond everything we need, the reporting is extremely comprehensive and most importantly, none of our test takers have complained! The eSkill tests are very user-friendly which has increased compliance drastically. Highly recommended!

Kelli McCallion

Business Development Manager

We are provided with a wealth of varietal testing for any industry we serve. The customization of testing is limitless, allowing us the flexibility to serve our customers’ needs. We highly recommend and stand by eSkill!

Janie O. Mille

Branch Manager/Augusta, HR Consultant

The customer service was a very large part of why we switched to eSkill. From the time we first talked with Kevin Renner, we felt like we mattered. All of the people we have dealt with at eSkill make us feel like we are familiar to them. They recognize who we are and treat as a valued customer. With ProveIt, you get the large call center type service when you call. You’re a number, not a customer.

Janet Bryan

District Manager

We chose eSkill because we felt the various pricing options they presented were very helpful for our “as needed basis” and cadence of using the assessments. We have stayed with eSkill for about four years due to the importance they place on customer service and easy to use product interface. Training new recruiters on how to use the eSkill interface takes minutes.

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Pre-Employment Assessments 101

The past few years have been challenging for organizations in all industry sectors. Many were forced to change their business models and operational processes to accommodate the COVID-19 pandemic. Then they had to navigate through many supply chain issues to satisfy orders and meet customer demand. Just when they thought everything was returning to normal, they found themselves in a global talent shortage. All these factors have made hiring top candidates much more challenging than in the past.

Benefits of Pre-Employment Assessment Tests

Although labor markets are beginning to stabilize, most employers still struggle to find qualified employees. So, organizations worldwide are implementing pre-employment assessment testing solutions like the eSkill Talent Assessment PlatformTM to hire top talent, maximize productivity, minimize hiring mistakes, and reduce turnover. These are some ways businesses benefit by using assessment tests for hiring.

  • Hire Top Talent: Organizations task their HR teams with finding “perfect” candidates for every position. However, this is easier said than done because there is a lack of applicants with the skills employers need. Many businesses have adopted new technology and implemented digital transformation initiatives. As a result, they have added new jobs to support their new infrastructure and eliminated jobs that are now obsolete. They restructured other jobs, and they now require different skills than before.

Many applicants’ skills have not kept pace with these changes, and it has caused a huge skills gap. Korn Ferry released a report as part of its Future of Work series that shows a global talent shortage of more than 85 million people—approximately equal to the entire population of Germany. Industry experts predict that if this deficit is not addressed by 2030, organizations could lose around $8.5 trillion in unrealized annual revenues.

  • Eliminate Unqualified Candidates: Organizations often receive hundreds or thousands of responses when posting a job. Many are from unqualified applicants, but there is no easy way to determine which candidates are qualified for a job and which ones are not.

HR teams no longer rely on traditional screening methods, such as reviewing resumes and conducting interviews, because they are unreliable. According to a HireRight Employment Report, over 85% of candidates lie or exaggerate their experience on their resumes and during job interviews. So, a candidate who appears to be a dream hire could be their worst nightmare. 

  • Maximize Productivity: Employers need top talent because well-run companies operate efficiently and “get more done.” According to Harvard Business Review, organizations that consistently maximize productivity realize higher profits and faster growth. The best companies are over 40% more productive than their nearest competitors and have operating margins that are 30% to 50% higher than their peers.

A recent McKinsey study shows that if you implemented a cross-functional project that would take three years to complete, it would be done in less than two years if you replaced 20% of the average talent with top performers. The project would take less than a year if the team members were 400% more productive than average. If your company and a competitor were working on similar projects, and the competitor hired talent that was 20% better than yours, the competitor would beat you to market even if it had a year or two head start. 

  • Minimize Hiring Mistakes: Hiring mistakes are an organization’s worst nightmare because they are expensive and negatively impact productivity. According to Gallup, S. businesses lose $1 trillion yearly due to voluntary turnover, and the cost of replacing an employee can range from one-half to two times the employee’s annual salary. This means a 100-person organization that pays employees an average salary of $50,000 could have turnover and replacement costs that average $660,000 to $2.6 million annually.

If an organization terminates a manager who earns $62,000, it costs the employer around $840,000, including hiring costs, salary, benefits, lost productivity, severance, and lost business opportunities. If they hire the wrong person, it can hurt productivity and morale, and they must incur additional expenses to find a replacement.

  • Reduce Turnover: Everyone wants newly hired employees to become productive team members contributing to organizational goals and objectives. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Research shows that 68% of new hires leave within the first three months, and 90% of employees explore new opportunities even if they are not looking for a new job.

The company also loses its investment if a new hire’s tenure is short. It costs around $240,000 to hire and onboard a new employee. If the employee does not work out, the company loses that investment and must incur recruiting and onboarding costs to hire a replacement.

  • Improve the Candidate Experience: It is difficult enough to recruit top candidates. So, once a company attracts a promising candidate’s attention, it does not want to lose them because they get frustrated and decide to look elsewhere during the hiring process.

With the eSkill Talent Assessment PlatformTM, employers can brand their assessment center with their logo and corporate colors and include information and videos that promote their company. They can also create a single pre-employment test that assesses candidates on all the areas they need to measure instead of requiring applicants to complete and submit multiple tests.

For example, if a company is recruiting customer service representatives and wants to ensure they have strong MS Word® and MS Excel® skills and basic math abilities, they can evaluate applicants on all these skills by creating a pre-employment assessment test with questions from the Customer Service, Basic Math, and MS Office® skills tests.

How to Select the Best Pre-Employment Testing Solution

HR leaders often ask us what they and their teams should look for when evaluating pre-employment assessment testing solutions. We tell them each company has specific and unique needs. The hiring assessment tests that are the best choice for an organization depend on the jobs they need to fill and the required skills.

Generally, we advise hiring teams to evaluate the following features when evaluating pre-employment assessment testing solutions.

  • Assessment Library: A pre-employment testing solution should offer access to a library of validated skills tests for various jobs. If you need an administrative assistant with intermediate MS Excel® skills, an accountant who can prepare financial statements, or software engineers with advanced Java skills, the library should offer hiring assessments you can use.

The library should also include cognitive pre-employment assessment tests such as Logical Thinking and Verbal Reasoning. The eSkill Talent Assessment PlatformTM has hundreds of validated job- and subject-based skills tests you can use to assess applicants for virtually any job.

  • Customization: The skills required for your job roles probably differ from other companies in your industry. So, you need an assessment solution that allows you to use pre-prepared tests or create customized pre-employment tests.

With the eSkill Talent Assessment PlatformTM, you can use standard job- or subject-based hiring assessment tests “as-is” or modify them by adding and deleting questions. You can also build customized pre-employment assessment tests using questions from multiple tests.

  • Simulations: An excellent way to be certain applicants can do a job is to ask them to complete tasks they will do on the job. This is why your employment testing solution must include simulations. The eSkill Talent Assessment PlatformTM offers MS Office, Chat, Multitasking, and Digital Literacy simulations.

The MS Office simulation enables you to accurately assess candidates’ Word® and Excel® proficiency. With the Chat simulation, you can evaluate a candidate’s ability to manage multiple conversations simultaneously while answering emails and responding to customer requests. The Multitasking simulation lets you set up a series of tasks and designate a time limit to assess candidates’ ability to manage emails, handle orders, and respond to customer requests. The Digital Literacy simulation helps you assess applicants’ basic computer knowledge and Internet and social media expertise.

  • Behavioral Assessments

An employment assessment test measures hard skills, which helps you identify candidates who have the right skills to do a job. However, it does not tell you whether a candidate is a good fit for your company culture.

Poor job fit is the cause of 89% of hiring failures, and high turnover is one of the leading causes of reduced productivity. So, many HR teams use behavioral assessments to confirm that top contenders have essential soft skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, and interpersonal communication skills. Behavioral assessments also help them determine if a candidate’s work style is compatible with their company culture. 

  • Video Response Questions: Many abilities, such as foreign language and verbal communication skills, are difficult to measure using a written pre-employment assessment test. So, your solution should offer the option to include video response questions in assessment tests for hiring.

With the eSkill Talent Assessment PlatformTM, employers can easily include video response questions in skills tests. HR professionals set up the questions and designate the scoring criteria for each. Hiring team members then review and rate candidates’ responses and add their comments.

How Different Types of Pre-Employment Tests Work Together

Different pre-employment screening tests work together to help organizations identify top candidates. Subject and job-specific skills assessments show which candidates have the right skills, cognitive pre-employment tests confirm applicants have the intellectual capacity to do a job well, and behavioral assessments indicate whether they are a good cultural fit for an organization.

These are some ways the eSkill Talent Assessment PlatformTM provides organizations with the flexibility they need to design pre-employment testing strategies for any hiring situation.

  • Create custom hiring assessment tests by choosing questions from multiple assessments and adding proprietary content.
  • Modify a pre-prepared pre-employment test to match a job role or meet corporate requirements by editing or deleting questions.
  • Choose top candidates based on employment assessment test scores and expedite their progression through the hiring process.
  • Add video response questions to evaluate skills that are difficult to measure with written assessments.
  • Use simulation questions to present applicants with realistic work situations and evaluate their performance in job-related situations.
  • Use behavioral assessments along with skill and cognitive pre-employment tests to verify that candidates are a good cultural fit. 

How Pre-Employment Assessment Tests Minimize Bias

Pre-employment tests help companies maintain compliance with industry and federal regulations by minimizing unconscious, or subjective, bias–negative attitudes and stereotypes that can influence hiring team members’ decisions.

Hiring teams are tasked with judging candidates fairly and impartially. However, unconscious bias can compromise even well-managed hiring processes. According to Bright Talk, 79% of HR professionals agree that subjective bias exists in recruitment and succession planning decisions.

Unconscious bias can be preferential treatment, where a hiring team member favors a candidate because they share a trait or experience, such as growing up in the same area, attending the same schools, or sharing the same hobbies. It can also be due to a hiring team member’s preconceived opinion about the type of person who can do a particular job. For example, an interviewer may be unable to visualize an African American as a chief financial officer (CFO) or Sales Manager or a woman as a diesel mechanic, commercial truck driver, or manufacturing engineer.

Pre-employment testing helps organizations minimize unconscious bias by reducing the focus on traditional hiring tools like resumes, applications, and interviews and emphasizing candidates’ skills and abilities. This allows HR teams and hiring managers to make sound hiring decisions based on “hard” data.

Get Started with Pre-Employment Assessment Tests

Pre-employment tests are the perfect solution for business leaders who want to simplify hiring without compromising candidate quality.  Organizations can take the guesswork out of hiring and reduce recruiting costs and time-to-hire by implementing an industry-leading hiring assessment testing solution like the eSkill Talent Assessment PlatformTM. Many eSkill clients have decreased hiring costs by 70% and reduced time-to-hire by 60%.

As a leading provider of hiring assessment solutions, eSkill is the perfect partner to provide your organization with access to top-quality skills tests and behavioral assessments.

Do you want to see how pre-employment tests can help you streamline your hiring process and improve hiring outcomes throughout your organization? Contact us to request a demo.