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Basic Office Skills

Test MS Office, organizational abilities and other administrative skills.

Data Entry

Data Entry

Identify candidates who can input data accurately and maintain, retrieve and store information efficiently.

Basic Office

Excel Skills

Recruit applicants who can use MS Excel to create sales forecasts, monitor marketing results and prepare financial reports.


Typing and Keyboarding

Ensure candidates have strong computer knowledge and accurate typing and keyboarding skills.

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Simulate Your Work Environment

Create realistic simulations that mimic your work environment to see how candidates will perform on the job.

Identify Training

Identify Training Needs

Assess employees’ skill levels and create personalized training programs that address knowledge and skills gaps.


Assess Progress

Test employees to assess their current skill level and retest them when training is complete to measure the effectiveness of the training.

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Organizations use skills tests to verify candidates have the best chance to be successful in a job and to identify training gaps.

The Sitel Group, which offers an array of integrated business services, uses job skills assessments to measure candidates’ cognitive reasoning ability and has built a top-flight insurance sales team. Download the case study to learn how they did it.

Advent Health, the largest not-for-profit Protestant health care provider in the U.S., uses job assessments to test new hires’ knowledge and develop customized training programs. Download the case study to learn more.

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.”

Why Choose eSkill Skills Tests

  • 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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Skills Tests Take the Guesswork Out of Hiring and Training

Organizations worldwide have found hiring to be challenging during the past few years. Many were forced to adjust their business model virtually overnight due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Then they have had to resolve supply chain issues to fill orders and keep customers happy. When it looked like everything was getting back to normal, there was a global talent shortage.

HR leaders across all industry sectors have looked for ways to up their recruiting game and are learning that skills testing will help them improve hiring outcomes. In addition to wanting to know, “What is a basic skills test for employment?” they ask, “Can skills tests be used for all kinds of jobs?”

How Are Skills Tests Used in Hiring?

Labor markets are stabilizing, but many businesses still struggle to recruit qualified talent. So, organizations worldwide have adopted skills-testing solutions like the eSkill Talent Assessment PlatformTM to hire top talent, minimize hiring mistakes, and reduce turnover. When business leaders ask, What can I expect from a skills assessment test?”, they learn about some ways they can benefit by implementing a skills-testing solution:

  • Hire Top-Quality Employees: Skills testing helps HR professionals instantly identify candidates with the right skills and experience. It is difficult to find top talent because there is a lack of applicants with in-demand skills. Organizations have implemented new technologies and digital transformation initiatives during the past 10 years. This has made it necessary to retool internal processes and revise procedures. So, many jobs now require different skills, and other jobs have been eliminated because they were obsolete.Applicants’ skills have not kept pace with these changes, and the result is a huge skills gap. A Korn Ferry report shows a global talent shortage of more than 85 million people—a number roughly equivalent to the population of Germany. Experts predict that organizations could lose around $8.5 trillion in unrealized annual revenues if this deficit is not addressed by 2030.
  • Instantly Eliminate Unqualified Candidates: Skills tests help hiring teams eliminate candidates who lack the right skills and experience. Most companies receive hundreds of responses when they post a job. HR teams know many applicants are unqualified, but they cannot easily determine which ones. If they do not use skills tests, the alternative is to manually review every resume and application, which is counterproductive and wastes time.Another problem is that traditional screening methods, such as reviewing resumes and conducting interviews, are unreliable. A recent HireRight Employment Report shows that over 85% of candidates lie or exaggerate their experience on their resumes and during job interviews. So, a candidate with a “perfect” resume, who sounds good during interviews, could be a bad hire. And the company will not know until they have invested thousands of dollars and countless hours in onboarding and training.
  • Maximize Productivity: Skills testing helps organizations hire top talent so they can maximize productivity, generate higher profits, and meet growth goals. According to Harvard Business Review, leading 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 an organization implemented a cross-functional project that would take three years to complete, it would be done in less than two years if it replaced 20% of the average performers with top talent. The project would take less than a year if the team members were 400% more productive than average. If the company and a competitor were working on similar projects, and the competitor hired talent that was 20% better than theirs, the competitor would beat them to market even if they had a year or two head start.
  • Minimize Hiring Mistakes: Utilizing Skills tests minimizes costly hiring mistakes. Hiring the wrong person is every manager’s worst nightmare because it negatively impacts productivity. Hiring mistakes are also expensive. According to a Gallup study, U.S. businesses lose $1 trillion yearly through voluntary turnover. Since the cost of replacing an employee is about one-half to two times the employee’s annual salary, turnover and replacement costs for a 100-person company that pays employees an average salary of $50,000 will average around $660,000 to $2.6 million per year.
  • Reduce Turnover: Skills testing helps reduce turnover. Managers want new employees to become productive team members who contribute to organizational goals and objectives. Unfortunately, this often does not happen. Around 68% of new hires leave within the first three months, and 90% of employees continue to explore new opportunities even if they are not actively looking for a new job.A loss of $240,000 can be the result of a bad hire. If an employee leaves voluntarily or does not work out, the company loses that investment and must incur additional costs to recruit, onboard, and train a replacement.
  • Improve the Candidate Experience: Skills testing helps organizations attract top employees and avoid losing them during the hiring process. Once a business attracts the interest of a promising candidate, it does not want to lose them due to frustration with the hiring process.Employers that implement the eSkill Talent Assessment PlatformTM can brand their assessment center with their logo and corporate colors. Many organizations promote their company by providing videos to watch and information applicants can download.They can also create a single skills test to assess candidates on all the skills they need to measure instead of requiring applicants to complete multiple assessments. For example, if a company is recruiting customer support representatives with advanced MS Word® and MS Excel® skills and basic math abilities, it can evaluate applicants on all these skills by building a skills test that includes questions from the Customer Service, MS Office®, and Basic Math skills tests.

What Are Some Examples of Skills Tests?

HR leaders often ask to see examples of skills tests because one of their biggest questions is, “What is included in a skills assessment test?” They learn that each company has specific and unique needs. Their best choice of skills tests depends on the jobs they want to fill and the skills required for each. When they ask, “How do skills tests help companies hire better employees?”, they learn about features like the following, which they should look for when evaluating skills testing solutions.

  • Assessment Library: A skills testing solution should include access to a library of validated assessments for various jobs. If you need an executive assistant with advanced MS Office® skills, a controller who can prepare financial statements, or a team of software engineers with advanced Java and C++ skills, the library should offer assessments for those situations.The library should also include cognitive skills tests to measure logical thinking and verbal reasoning. The eSkill Talent Assessment PlatformTM has hundreds of validated job- and subject-based skills tests hiring teams can use to assess applicants for virtually any job.
  • Customization: The skills required for your job roles are most likely different from those of other companies in your industry. This is why choosing an assessment solution that allows you to use pre-prepared assessments or create customized skills tests is important.With the eSkill Talent Assessment PlatformTM, HR professionals can use standard job- or subject-based skills tests as-is or modify them by adding and deleting questions. They can also build customized assessments using questions from multiple skills tests.
  • Simulations: When HR leaders ask, “What kind of questions are asked in skill assessment tests?” they are happy to learn that they can include simulations in skills tests. A simulation presents candidates with situations they will encounter on the job, and the best way to confirm applicants can do a job is to watch them perform job-related tasks. The eSkill Talent Assessment PlatformTM offers MS Office, Chat, Multitasking, and Digital Literacy simulations.The MS Office simulation enables you to assess candidates’ Word® and Excel® proficiency accurately. 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 assesses applicants’ basic computer knowledge and Internet and social media expertise.
  • Video Response Questions: It is difficult to measure some abilities, such as foreign language proficiency and verbal communication skills, using a written skills test. So, HR teams also need the option to include video response questions in With the eSkill Talent Assessment PlatformTM, they can include video response questions in skills tests by setting up questions and designating scoring criteria. Hiring team members can then review and rate candidates’ responses and add their comments.
  • Behavioral Assessments: High turnover is one of the leading causes of reduced productivity, and poor job fit is the cause of 89% of hiring failures. Skills testing measures hard skills, that is, abilities that pertain directly to a job, such as MS Word and Excel proficiency, and helps recruiters identify candidates who have the right skills to do a job. Behavioral assessments measure soft skills that determine whether candidates are a good fit for a job and company culture, such as problem-solving, time management, and critical thinking. Hiring teams use behavioral assessments to confirm that top contenders have the soft skills essential to being a good fit for their company culture.

How Different Types of Skills Tests Work Together

The different types of assessments work together to help organizations get a 360o view of applicants. Subject and job-specific skills test results show candidates know how to do the job; cognitive assessments confirm they have the intellectual capacity to learn on the job and grow with a company, and behavioral assessments show whether they are a good cultural fit for the organization.

These are some ways the eSkill Talent Assessment PlatformTM provides organizations the flexibility their HR teams need to design skills testing strategies for any hiring situation.

  • Customize skills tests by choosing questions from multiple assessments and adding proprietary content.
  • Modify pre-prepared assessments to match job roles or edit and delete questions to meet corporate requirements.
  • Choose top candidates based on their test scores and speed up their progression through the recruitment process.
  • Add video response questions to measure skills that are hard to measure using written assessments.
  • Use simulation questions that replicate real work situations to evaluate how applicants will handle job-related problems.
  • Verify that candidates are a good cultural fit by using behavioral assessments along with skill and cognitive tests.

How Skills Testing Minimizes Bias

Skills tests minimize unconscious, or subjective, bias—negative attitudes and stereotypes that can influence hiring team members’ decisions. In a perfect world, all hiring team members judge candidates fairly and impartially. However, research shows that unconscious bias can taint hiring processes—even those that are well-managed. In fact, 79% of HR professionals agree that subjective bias exists in recruitment and succession planning decisions.

Unconscious bias can be unintentional preferential treatment. For example, a hiring team member could favor a particular candidate because they grew up in the same area, attended the same university, or enjoy the same hobbies. It can also occur if a hiring team member has a preconceived opinion about the type of person who can do a particular job. For example, an interviewer may be unable to visualize a woman as an auto mechanic or structural engineer, or an African American as a controller or sales manager.

Skills testing reduces unconscious bias in hiring decisions by emphasizing candidates’ skills and abilities and reducing the focus on traditional tools like resumes, applications, and interviews. This allows HR teams and hiring managers to make sound hiring decisions based on hard data and helps organizations maintain compliance with industry and federal regulations.

Get Started with Skills Testing

Skills tests are the perfect solution for organizations that want to simplify and streamline recruiting and improve quality of hire. Implementing an industry-leading skills testing solution like the eSkill Talent Assessment PlatformTM helps businesses take the guesswork out of hiring, reduce recruiting costs, and decrease time-to-hire. Many eSkill clients have decreased hiring costs by 70% and reduced time-to-hire by 60%.

Do you want to learn how skills tests can help you streamline recruiting and improve hiring outcomes across your organization? Contact us to request a demo.