The Applicant/Job Fit

Employers are looking for the best match between their open position and the applicant. Research has established three key workplace competencies that are most predictive of job success throughout the field of employment.

The State of Virginia Department of Education utilized this research in the development of a Workplace Readiness Skill test, which has been adopted by various states such as Nevada. The workplace skills assessment test’s a total of 21 specific personal, professional, and technology-oriented aspects, all recognized as essential to positive job performance.


Personal Qualities

The seven personal aspects highlighted in WRS tests include:

  • Integrity – reliability, honesty, propensity to adhere to company policies
  • Resourcefulness – initiative
  • Appearance – appropriate workplace attire and behavior
  • Positive Work Ethic – motivation and timeliness
  • Diversity Acceptance – friendly and helpful communication with all customers and coworkers
  • Teamwork – aiming for team success through positive and appropriate interaction with coworkers
  • Cooperative Attitude – ability to resolve workplace issues diplomatically

Professional Skills

  • Customer Service – understanding and prioritizing the needs of customers
  • Communication Skills – clarity in speech, making the effort to listen
  • Organization – managing your time and tasks
  • Health – maintaining your personal health, adhering to company safety policies
  • Math – applying basic mathematics to the tasks at hand
  • Attitude for Success – working toward promotions
  • Increasing Knowledge – learning alongside technological advances
  • Macro View – comprehending the overall issues and positional role
  • Reading and Writing
  • Problem Solving

Technology

The level of technological skills being tested will depend upon the specifics of the job. The technology portion is more of a work readiness assessment test. However, you can expect to see WRS questions that concern technical fundamental skills utilized in everyday business activity, including:

  • Internet Connections and Sources
  • Telecommunication – applications, devices, services
  • Information Technology – familiarity with computers, software, and file management

Workplace Readiness Competencies

WRS questions are composed of situational judgment questions. Workplace readiness assessments seek to discover how you would react in a given scenario, what you think is the most appropriate response to a particular set of circumstances, and your own actual on-the-job ethics and priorities.

The U.S. Department of Labor has developed a workplace readiness program that includes primary competencies such as:

  • Communication
  • Attitude
  • Teamwork
  • Enthusiasm
  • Critical Thinking
  • Professional Demeanor

The widely-used Walgreen’s Skills Assessment Test is comparable to the Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills test. On both of the mentioned exams, you can expect to encounter basic arithmetic calculations and applications, along with day-to-day employment scenarios.

Likewise, taking a Situational Judgement Test (SJT), you would find questions that are similar in nature to the items on a WRS test. For the SJT as well as the WRS, practicing on sample tests and studying the assessments behind WRS questions have proven to enhance the potential for testing success.


Practice workplace readiness skills

In order to get the best score possible, practice and preparation is essential. JobTestPrep has workplace readiness skills practice test’s and study guides to help prepare you as thoroughly as possible.


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