FurstPerson surveyed job candidates that had completed a three test battery of work-related assessments and simulations. The average testing time was 88 minutes. However, the candidates perceived that it took 67 minutes or 25% less to complete this three test battery.
The chart below provides a summary of the survey data.
In addition, the survey asked candidates for suggestions to improve the tests. Only 6% suggested that reducing the testing process time would be an improvement.
In our experience, the use of job relevant, engaging pre-hire tools creates a more engaging candidate experience which reduces the perception of how long it takes to complete pre-hire assessments. Even with a battery that takes almost 90 minutes to complete, 84% of candidates Agree or Strongly Agree that testing length is appropriate and acceptable (11% Neutral, 5% Disagree or Strongly Disagree).
There are certain types of assessments, called speeded tests, that aren’t designed to be finished in the allotted time. With these types of assessments, applicants may feel short-changed because s/he wasn’t able to finish the entire assessment. It is imperative that the business set the appropriate expectation for candidates as they begin the assessment process. Although pre-hire processes that are engaging are usually perceived to take less time than they actually do, a poorly designed process can be seen more negatively.