Happy With Your Current Skills Testing Supplier But Sometimes Wonder If There's A Better Option Out There For You?

Good, better, best skills assessment option

The short answer is that there probably is a better alternative!

  • Have they kept pace with software changes?
  • Are they offering MS Office 2016 or still stuck at 2010?
  • Do they keep upping their prices because they think that you won’t notice?
  • Are they charging for training and support?
  • Do they limit the subjects that are in your subscription?
  • Are the number of tests and candidates limited?
  • Can you link the test to your corporate Facebook, Instagram or Linked in accounts?

We all know that software changes over time. In the area of skills testing, this is certainly true. New features are being added or refined as vendors attempt to keep ahead of the competition.

As users of the software, it is very difficult to keep track of the changes from your current provider, let alone what alternative providers offer.

We all review staff performance on a regular basis. This should also apply to "service providers", including your skills testing software.

But, when we speak to clients about this they are sometimes reluctant to go through a review. They are not sure what eSkill offers and whether it will be any better than what they are currently using.

These are understandable concerns. This is why we recommend trialling our eSkill software alongside your current provider.

We are very confident that Eskill compares positively with other providers. So confident, that we are offering a free no obligation trial.

To take this free trial please email sales@eskill.co.uk or call me, Warren, on 0845 8400123.

Does Your Pre-Employment Testing Software Have All The Tools That You Need In Today's Recruiting Market

Pre employment testing tools

More and more companies realise the benefits of using pre-employment screening tests to compare candidates’ critical competencies. However, some pre-employment testing companies do not offer all the tools necessary to create a streamlined approach to finding the best match for the job and the organisation.

Do you want to improve your existing pre-employment testing process, or are you new to pre-employment screening tests and evaluating providers?

Using a pre-employment test that evaluates the unique requirements of a position is more legally defensible than not using a pre-employment test at all. However, giving employers the ability to customise pre-employment screening tests that evaluate the specific requirements of positions within their organisation is where most pre-employment testing companies fall flat.

Some pre-employment testing companies give employers very limited test customisation options, while others do not allow for any degree of customisation. eSkill, on the other hand, gives hiring teams and recruiters the ability to select and tailor pre-employment screening tests that evaluate the specific skills needed for any position.

Are you interested in Learning More About eSkill’s Innovative Hiring Solution? Call 0845-8400123 or email sales@eskill.co.uk

Is coronavirus prevention disrupting hiring practices?

The focus on coronavirus prevention is disrupting hiring practices and work environments at businesses of all sizes and in every industry.

The focus on coronavirus prevention is disrupting hiring practices and work environments at businesses of all sizes and in every industry. In the interest of keeping employees healthy and conducting business as usual, online work from home has become the new norm. Whether you’re continuing to hire full-time staff or need a sudden influx of temporary workers to support outbreak-related response needs, here are a few ways your company can adapt to these changes.

Video Apps for Interviews and Meetings

Many companies use applications, such as GoToMeetingZoom or Skype, to conduct day-to-day business. However, job seekers and hiring managers alike can expect to use tools such as these and recorded video applications more frequently if travel is restricted and to avoid in-person meetings. Virtual communication tools such as these will be especially useful where employees are based in heavy outbreak and quarantine areas since there will be more concern about coronavirus prevention.

Working Remotely

Online work from home has become commonplace as companies take action to avoid spreading the virus in compact office spaces. Managers, HR leaders, employees, and job applicants will need to leverage file-sharing and communications platforms such as SharePoint, Google Docs, and Dropbox that facilitate collaborative work, allow real-time edits and instant feedback and make in-person meetings possible. They may also use tools and management techniques to monitor staff members who are new to remote working to keep them accountable and ensure they are working as if they were in the office.

Recruiting Outside the Box

If recruiters, hiring managers, and job applicants start to rely more heavily on video, phone calls, and online work from home, hiring may feel less personal. One way to prevent this from happening is to leverage your employee referral program and tap into your existing talent network and candidate pool. In most cases, these people are former employees, great candidates who were not a perfect fit for a job they applied for, and friends and family of current employees. You should also empower employees to share employment opportunities on social media as well as reach out to past applicants via email or phone.

Employee Support and Retention

Only 55% of workers get paid time off, and many hourly workers in industries such as hospitality and foodservice lack protection outside of work. These employees tend to be lower-income and could be more vulnerable since they lack remote work options. Companies should be sensitive to the challenges these workers face, such as not feeling they can take time off or simply not being able to. In addition to taking coronavirus prevention measures such as providing hand sanitizer and wipes to reduce the spread of germs, organizations should consider temporary policies and online work from home programs where possible to protect hourly workers.

These are interesting times, and businesses worldwide are making adjustments to keep business operations on track and protect employees while maintaining hiring momentum, so they don’t miss opportunities to hire top candidates. Learn how video interviewing can help you keep up with your staffing needs while taking appropriate coronavirus prevention measures.

Please contact us to learn how eSkill‘s online assessment platform can help you improve and streamline your hiring process.

Recruitment Outside the Box

Whether you’re continuing to hire full-time staff or need a sudden influx of temporary workers to support outbreak-related response needs, here are a few ways your company can adapt to these changes. https://bit.ly/2WGPVNA

The focus on coronavirus prevention is disrupting hiring practices and work environments at businesses of all sizes and in every industry. In the interest of keeping employees healthy and conducting business as usual, online work from home has become the new norm. Whether you’re continuing to hire full-time staff or need a sudden influx of temporary workers to support outbreak-related response needs, here are a few ways your company can adapt to these changes.

Video Apps for Interviews and Meetings

Many companies use applications, such as GoToMeetingZoom or Skype, to conduct day-to-day business. However, job seekers and hiring managers alike can expect to use tools such as these and recorded video applications more frequently if travel is restricted and to avoid in-person meetings. Virtual communication tools such as these will be especially useful where employees are based in heavy outbreak and quarantine areas since there will be more concern about coronavirus prevention.

Working Remotely

Online work from home has become commonplace as companies take action to avoid spreading the virus in compact office spaces. Managers, HR leaders, employees, and job applicants will need to leverage file-sharing and communications platforms such as SharePoint, Google Docs, and Dropbox that facilitate collaborative work, allow real-time edits and instant feedback and make in-person meetings possible. They may also use tools and management techniques to monitor staff members who are new to remote working to keep them accountable and ensure they are working as if they were in the office.

Recruiting Outside the Box

If recruiters, hiring managers, and job applicants start to rely more heavily on video, phone calls, and online work from home, hiring may feel less personal. One way to prevent this from happening is to leverage your employee referral program and tap into your existing talent network and candidate pool. In most cases, these people are former employees, great candidates who were not a perfect fit for a job they applied for, and friends and family of current employees. You should also empower employees to share employment opportunities on social media as well as reach out to past applicants via email or phone.

Employee Support and Retention

Only 55% of workers get paid time off, and many hourly workers in industries such as hospitality and foodservice lack protection outside of work. These employees tend to be lower-income and could be more vulnerable since they lack remote work options. Companies should be sensitive to the challenges these workers face, such as not feeling they can take time off or simply not being able to. In addition to taking coronavirus prevention measures such as providing hand sanitizer and wipes to reduce the spread of germs, organizations should consider temporary policies and online work from home programs where possible to protect hourly workers.

These are interesting times, and businesses worldwide are making adjustments to keep business operations on track and protect employees while maintaining hiring momentum, so they don’t miss opportunities to hire top candidates. Learn how video interviewing can help you keep up with your staffing needs while taking appropriate coronavirus prevention measures.

Please contact us to learn how eSkill‘s online assessment platform can help you improve and streamline your hiring process.

Remote Workers Skills Testing

Our Remote Working test measures candidates’ knowledge of different scenarios relevant for companies who hire remote workers or are currently preparing their staff to work from home, considering the current pandemic.

Candidates are measured on skills such as Etiquette, Information Security, Organisation and Planning, Company Best Practices, and Team Work/Collaboration.

You can also access our extensive library (over 800 pre-written tests) and customize/create your own tests to further assess their ability to perform the job effectively. http://ow.ly/hRWP50z5xDT

Continuous Personal Development Assessment – in the world of Home Working

The way we work and the way people work with us is dramatically changed, suddenly what was best practice possibly no longer applies. For regulated businesses amongst these challenges are how to conduct the Annual Appraisals for Personal Development when face to face or a test centre is no longer an option. 

eSkill is a long-established leader in the world of online assessment with class-leading solutions across more than 600 topics. Combine the 59,000 questions in any way that you want, have different tests for every role or seniority. The detailed results are instantly emailed to you, showing overall score, marks achieved for every topic and how each question was answered and even how long they took to answer each one. 

What makes eSkill special is the ability for our clients to self-create their questions taking ANY of their existing resources and within minutes transpose them to a Private Catalogue of their own Industry/Business. 

Bespoke questions can be Multiple Choice, Free Response, True False, Fill in the blank, Typing and include: 

Graphics 

Audio 

Video

Files 

A question can also be assigned a choice of difficulty level. 

Your eSkill test centre can be active within two hours with your dedicated Support Manager ready to help you. eSkill also offers Voice and Video Interviewing and the Collegiate Assessment tool Team Review. 

Assess precisely the way you want: Rapid, Affordable, Comprehensive, Flexible, Dependable, Business Ability Assessments from eSkill 

Case Study: English Police - Utilising eSkill When Downsizing

The ICT manager at an English Police H.Q. urgently needed to use eSkill. He was required to reduce the number of staff in his department. He had identified that a critical element of the process was to accurately identify the skill levels of every member of his team, he was particularly keen to ensure those team members who had a strong knowledge of niche solutions such as NPR software, (Number Plate Recognition). His concern was that using a  last-in / first-out approach. would have a harmful effect in the long term

The ICT manager had established that eSkill had the range of subjects he needed, but that also that it had a structure with the flexibility to configure the tests in precisely the way he required. A key element was also that he would be able to create questions for bespoke Police software. The tests comprised were targeted at the appropriate skill levels needed for the specific roles and questions were a combination of multiple-choice, free-response and true/false, selected from both the eSkill library and bespoke ones created by this client. 

In addition to providing the software, we also provided consultancy advice and resources:

·         Creating the tests required.

·         Developing bespoke tests.

·         Advising on the testing process.

·         Independent test monitoring.

·         Result analysis.

1.       45 Different tests were created 

2.       32 Candidates took tests (Some individuals chose not to take part in the process)  

3.       335 Test scores were recorded

4.       220 Bespoke questions were created

5.       7644 Questions were answered by candidates

The project was delivered on time against a tight schedule (less than 3 weeks from start to finish)

The total expenditure was less than £5,000 including 12 month unlimited use subscription to the test centre.

Talk to us now on 0845 8400123 or email us to discuss how we can help you assess job applicants or your existing staff, faster, reliably, more accurately, less expensively.

Planning for the future

The current global health crisis is having an impact on economic activity and, for some sectors, the need to review costs has moved to the top of the priority list. And inevitably, labour costs will come under scrutiny. In some cases, it may involve companies making certain positions redundant which creates the dilemma of who to keep. This process has to be done with fairness and with an objective review of which members of staff have the skills that you need most in the current trading climate.

There is no easy way to do this, but there is a transparent and objective approach. eSkill UK Tests used by businesses in the past who have faced this scenario, and you can see a great case study here of how a particular project delivered against a tight schedule, less than three weeks from start to finish.