Grammar is not just an important skill for copywriters, editors, and technical writers. Today’s digitized world has brought back the craft of writing, and proper grammar is arguably more important now than ever before. Any grammar or spelling online are visible to a far-reaching audience or, if made in email or private message, may be irreversible once sent.
Identifying candidates who communicate effectively is key to maintaining a positive business brand and reputation. eSkill’s pre-employment grammar skills tests reduce the time it takes to fill positions and keep hiring costs low by helping you identify whether or not a potential employee possesses the necessary skills required to perform the job in question.
Why Test Candidates for Grammar Skills?
Grammar skills are essential for employees who engage in written communication on behalf of their employers. Businesses are increasingly emphasizing hiring candidates who are able to communicate with few grammatical errors. Below are some of the top reasons employers are choosing to do so.
The CEO of iFixit, the online global repair manual, Kyle Wiens, places good grammar at the top of the list when making hiring decisions. According to Kyle, “Good grammar is credibility, especially on the internet. In blog posts, on Facebook statuses, in emails, and on company websites, your words are all you have. And, for better or worse, people judge you if you can’t tell the difference between their, there, and they’re.”
And Kyle is not alone. A recent survey of professionals found that 65% of respondents reported typos were unacceptable in their industry. Typos were reported to be the most taboo in the business and support logistics sectors, with nearly 88% of respondents identifying typos as unacceptable in their workplace.
Administer eSkill’s Off-the-Shelf Tests
eSkill’s grammar skills tests assess candidates’ ability to correct some of the most common grammatical mistakes in examples relevant to a professional environment without the assistance of those ever-helpful red squiggly lines. These online skills tests can be taken anywhere and anytime, with the results automatically appearing in the hiring team’s dashboard once complete.
Below are eSkill’s most popular off-the-shelf grammar tests.
Type in the correct form of the verb.
The students have ______ from the water fountain. (to drink)
Fill in the pronoun that correctly completes the sentence below.
Just between you and ___, I think this employee has great potential.
Which of the following options is grammatically correct?
Other pre-employment communication skills tests offered by eSkill, include eSkill’s English Spelling and Vocabulary Skills Test, Punctuation Skills Test, and Business Communication Skills Test.
Combine Skills Tests
eSkill’s out-of-the-box grammar skills tests can easily be combined with any other single-subject skills test or job-specific skills test to create an assessment that matches the exact requirements of a position. For example, combine eSkill’s Basic Spelling & Grammar Skills Test with eSkill’s job-based Hospitality Manager Skills Test to create a comprehensive assessment. eSkill’s vast library of job-based tests include positions across a wide variety of industries. From customer service representative to online marketing specialist, sales associate, medical transcriptionist, and retail manager, eSkill has hundreds of job-relevant skills tests.
Create an Open Response Question
Another way to get an accurate assessment of candidates’ grammar skills before making a hiring decision is to include a writing exercise that instructs the test-takers to write a response to an open-ended question or prompt. eSkill’s free response questions are a great way to gauge job applicants’ writing skills in a scenario that mimics the tasks of the open position.
eSkill’s Free Response Questions:
Whether administering off-the-shelf subject-based or job-based skills tests or creating free response questions to measure candidates’ grammar skills, it is best to use a trusted pre-employment testing company like eSkill. With a nearly 20-year record of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Compliance and no litigation, eSkill is the ideal choice for testing candidates.
eSkill’s dedicated U.S.-based Client Success Managers can help you identify the key skills needed for a position and guide you through creating an assessment that streamlines the hiring process and mitigates the risk of a mis-hire.
Learn more about the benefits of using eSkill’s grammar skills tests to find qualified candidates quickly.
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