Guide to making an assessment

Ready to test candidates but don't know where to start? This step-by-step guide walks you through developing your first assessment.

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To start creating an assessment, login to your account. Your homepage is your "My assessments" page. Click the button in the top right corner labeled "Create new assessment".

Tip: You can go back one step at any time while making your assessment by clicking the arrow in the upper left corner.

1. Name your assessment

First, name your assessment. This name is for your reference and is only visible to you, not to your candidates. We recommend choosing a practical name that allows you to easily organize and keep track of your assessment. For example: if you're hiring a UI/UX designer for your New York office, you might call the assessment "UI/UX designer NY office."

Secondly, select a job role. This enables us to help you. Based on this job role we can tailor the test library to your needs, highlighting the tests that are most relevant to you.

Tip: can't find the job role you're looking for? Choose the options 'other' to continue. In this article, we explain why some job roles may be missing from the list. 

After you've named the assessment, click "Next step" in the upper right corner to continue.

Tip: You can also select the relevant job role for each assessment. This allows us to recommend tests that are relevant for the job position you're hiring for.

2. Select tests for your assessment

Now it's time to choose the first test for your assessment. On this page, you can scroll through the tests currently available in our test library.

You can view tests by category using the "Test type" box on the right side of your screen. If you're looking for a specific test, you can search for it by typing the name in the box labeled "Search anything here" located on the left side of your screen.

We automatically recommend tests to include based on the job role you selected in the previous step.

Clicking on Details allows you to get a fuller description of that test before you select it for your assessment. Once you open up the Details page, you can click on Preview sample questions to see examples of the types of questions included in the test.

Once you've found a test you'd like to use, you can add it to your assessment using the "Add" button on the test's page. Each assessment must consist of at least one test. You can select up to a total of 5 tests for an assessment. 

Tip: For best results, combine different types of tests in your assessment. 

When you're done selecting the tests you'd like to use, click "Next step" in the upper right corner to continue.

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Tip: You can leave the page at any time while creating your assessment and your progress will automatically be saved. You can return to your assessment by clicking on "My assessments". 

3. Add custom questions

After you've selected the tests you'd like to use from our test library, you can add your own custom questions to an assessment (you can skip this step and make an assessment without custom questions).

Click the "New question" button to begin creating a custom question. If you've previously created one or more custom questions in other assessments and would like to use them again, you can select them with the "Copy custom questions" button.

Your custom questions can be multiple choice or open-ended. You can also ask candidates to upload a file (for instance a resume or portfolio) or have the candidates record a video response. Video responses can be great for general introductions or to give you insight into how a candidate would answer a question in a live interview.

When you've finished adding custom questions, click "Next step" in the upper right corner to continue.

In this article, you can learn more about how to create custom questions, including the best ways to implement them.

4. Review your assessment

Now it's time to review your assessment as a whole. In this step, you can choose the order in which the tests are shown to your candidates. Click the up or down arrows to change the position of a test.

Here you can also add or remove tests from your assessment. If you'd like to remove a test, simply click the "X" icon for that test. You can add a new test by clicking the "Add more tests" button. You can also add a new custom question by clicking the "Add more questions" button. Each assessment can have a maximum of 5 tests and 10 custom questions.

Once you've finished reviewing your assessment, click the "Finish" button in the upper right corner.

5. Invite candidates to your assessment

Now it's time to invite your candidates to the assessment. You can do this in two ways: by email or by sharing a direct URL to the assessment.

  • By email: Fill in the name and email address of the respective candidate to send an automated email with an invitation to complete the assessment. You can do this with a single email address or multiple addresses at once.
  • Via URL: You can copy the URL to share directly with candidates in your own way. For instance, you can send it in a personal email or post it on your website or job board.

6. Watch the results come in

Time for the most exciting part: watching the responses come in! Results from your candidates can be viewed on your "My candidates" page.

When the results are in, this article can help you analyze and interpret them.

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