Post # 1
I have an interview tomorrow for a job (FINALLY!) and I know I will be taking a MS Word, MS Excel, and Clerical test for basic skills.
Now, I know how to use Excel and Word. But there are weird names of things and commands that I don’t know.
I was just wondering, for anyone who has been tested on these things prior to getting a job, how difficult and specific are they?
I found a few online quizzes, and some of them were crazy hard! Any help is appreciated 🙂
Post # 3
I had to write a letter to a client advising them of something for Word, so I guess they were assessing your professional tone, grammar punctuation and appropriate language and initiative.
For Excel, it wasn’t too bad. I had 15 minutes to copy a table of info: destinations, number in the travel group cost per person. It then asked me to work out discounts, sums, divisions etc using simple excel formulas. I had to save acopy on a USB, and print a copy. I think this was so they could check the formulas, and to see that I could follow instructions and print things. I got the job 😛
Whatever they ask you to do shouldn’t be too hard, as normally you’d be left for a short amount of time to do it depending how many candidates there are. They are also looking to see if you can read instructions properly, and set to a task as accurately as possible in a pressures timescale.
They won’t be expecting you to paint the cistene chapel. Honestly, if you use excel and word a bit, you’ll be fine.
Post # 4
I should add that my position is an administrator is a busy college exams office. Tasks of course may vary depending on the role.
For excel, remember * is for multiplying in the formula; / is for dividing.
Post # 5
@emmrr3: Thank you, that’s actually all a huge help.
Post # 6
@aquarius_91: I’m a recruiter and I send out skills evaluations all the time. Depending on the company who makes the exam, it should just be to see how advanced you are in Word and Excel. It wil test basic things like saving a document and printing to advanced like pivot tables and macros.
Take time time and try not to get frustrated throughout the evaluation. Best of luck!!!
Post # 7
@thebiz53: Great advice. I will play around in Excel tonight for a refresher. Thank you!
Post # 8
I would expect you to know how to do a VLOOKUP formula in excel
Post # 9
Ah, I took one of these tests for a legal secretary position at a law office YEARS ago, I just remember that they made you do a lot of things that you needed to go to the menus up top for (I use a lot of hotkeys – like ctrl+x to cut vs going to edit>cut). I don’t think anything was particularly difficult, just checking to make sure you know your way around the programs.