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How To Make Pre Employment Business Skills Testing Simpler And More Effective

Hands up anyone who has never made a mistake when recruiting new staff?
If you are like many of our clients who want to use business skills testing software to help identify and validate candidates then you need to read on.

Here Is The Deal
We recently launched a new service called Fyrtio – a simple but powerful packaged business skills testing solution. The response has been extraordinary with many citing its ease of use as a game changer and highlighted a number of the new service’s feature such as:

  • it is the most straightforward way for HR specialists to test candidates. It utilises all the sophistication of the eSkill larger solutions but provides it in an easy to use format.
  • Fyrtio can act as a complete test centre with more than 40 different tests, each one is a unique combination of topics and skill levels.
  • Fyrtio is a new business ability testing solution from the leading online skills testing providers eSkill and is only available in the UK.

Here Is How It Works
If we take one of our most popular assessments Excel Plus as a typical example.

The test comprises 40 questions, a balanced mixture of Excel Simulation, Numerical Proof Reading, Data Checking and Numerical Reasoning. It is available at three different skill levels: Beginner & Intermediate, Intermediate & Advanced or Advanced & Expert with a 40-minute time limit.

Just select the skill level you need and how many credits you require to start – and you can top them up as and when you need to.

Select the test that you want the candidates to take, send them the link as soon as they have completed the test the detailed results come immediately to your inbox.

At the end of the process you will see an overall score for the candidate. This is further broken down into a score for each topic area, how each individual question was answered, and the time taken to answer each question.

Now I am sure that this is of interest to and if so we would love to chat it through with you. Please take the next step and contact us here or talk to us at 0845-8400123 or More details are here .

And Here’s Some Even Better News!
We are currently with a launch phase for Fyrtio to at the moment we are able to waive the £150 Set Up Fee. We are not sure how long this offer is going to last so take the first step and find out more today.

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Are You Rising to the Challenge Of Recruiting Your Own Recruiters?

Assessing The Traits Of Great Recruiters

Many recruitment agencies are familiar with the eSkill business skills testing services and how this is an integral part of objective candidate assessments and more effective hiring for clients. However, one area of growing interest for Recruitment Assessment is the challenge for Recruitment Agencies looking to recruit staff for their own businesses.

How To Test What Is Right For You

Our recent experience has shown that it is difficult for recruitment agencies to assess the suitability of a candidate for these roles because they need to be able to demonstrate a variety of skills and personality traits– some of which are “abstract” and hard to assess objectively – particularly from just an interview or a CV.

When Experience Is Just Not Enough

A candidate may well have a lot of experience in an industry but are they right for what is involved in being a recruitment consultant. Do they possess the skills required in communication, planning and prioritisation, creativity, tenacity, self-motivation or team work?

How The Peer Review Solution Fills The Void

The is perhaps why several of our agency clients are using our Peer Review Solution to help with this process. As an agency recruiter you can set the candidate a scenario from which they are expected to execute a number of tasks. What you ask the candidate is up to you. After the test the result are shared with peers within the company, or even outside the company. The peers are able to rate/score the candidate on how they handled the tasks. The result is a controlled, peer reviewed, objective measure from which you can make more effective recruiting decisions.

To see this in action or to find out more please contact Warren and Recruitment Assessment at

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Can a Great Online Service Come With Outstanding Customer Support?

 Recruitment Assessment’s view is that even with a great online testing solution (ours is) fails it’s clients, if it promises great customer service but doesn’t deliver. That’s why a Recruitment Assessment customer is provided with completely UNLIMITED support from our UK professional advisors and it is always FREE.

  • So whatever the issue is…
  • The appropriate questions for a role
  • Interpreting the results
  • You have a deadline to meet and need help
  • Composing bespoke questions
  • Setting up a test
  • Advice – sorry skills testing matters only!
  • Technical support
  • Or anything else

…we are here to help.

All our customers, large or small, if they are an HR specialist or a Recruitment Agency with demanding clients can depend on us.

If you want to know how we can support your business call us on 0845 8400 123 or email and tell us your problems.

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The eSkill Consensus Evaluation Toolset

Very rarely does a new development arrive on the market that really can change the way that you assess a candidate’s skills.  Consensus from eSkill and Recruitment Assessment could well be just one of those watershed moments.

What Is It?

Consensus, is a major enhancement of the powerful Free Response question. This type of question challenges a candidate to respond to a scenario of the recruiters choosing, typically it would be a situation that would not have yes / no answer but would ask them to demonstrate their strategic planning, leadership skills, clarity of thought and technical knowledge.

In the past a candidate’s answer might have been shown to members of the recruitment / promotion panel each of whom would review and critique.  However their responses were often in an unstructured and uncontrolled way, making it difficult to be sure that an accurate overall assessment was made.

Consensus addresses this problem with a robust and defensible structure. The easily set up solution enables an unlimited number of reviewers to be associated with the process, none of whom have any knowledge of each other’s judgements or any knowledge of the candidte’s name, ethnicity, background or experience. The results then form part of any other eSkills test that the candidate has taken.

Two Examples of How It Might Be Used

ONE: The candidate might need to demonstrate their ability to aggregate information from a variety of contributors, such as department managers, and they are then required to compile an executive summary. In practice this document would need to be approved by a number of managers before being finalised. The managers can assess how the individual has performed and if they have recognised the most important information.

TWO: Project Management is a skill which crosses many disciplines and industries.  The ability to structure a project plan to reflect the needs of stakeholders – whether this be senior management, customers, junior staff, accounts and marketing departments – is key to its success.  Consensus is a great way for recruiters to see, review and score prospective candidates about their ability to identify and communicate effectively with all stakeholders.

Other areas where Consensus could be effective:

  • Graduate Recruitment
  • Assessing the technical expertise of a candidate.
  • Academic / Professional roles
  • Communication style and effectiveness.
  • Strategic business understanding.
  • Leadership potential

How to see Consensus  In Practice

I have attached a PDF detailing the structure but I would suggest a brief demonstration would be the most effective way to appreciate the difference it could make to your candidate recruitment strategy. Contact me directly on 07779-136268 or

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Can Candidate Testing Software Be Powerful Yet Easy To Use?

There are two key factors which our online skills testing clients place high importance on.

Firstly, they require that any solution needs to be both comprehensive and be feature rich enough to meet the increasing challenges of candidate recruitment.

Secondly, regardless of the complexity of the role that they are trying to recruit for, they need software which is intuitive and simple to utilise.

eSkill scores very high on both of these criteria. Not only does it provide a comprehensive and sophisticated toolset, such as customisable questions and employer branding and personalisation, but it also is very user friendly.

If you would like to see for yourself how eSkill could be the online skills testing solution of choice for you and your organisation, allow me to give you a brief no obligation demonstration. Call or email Warren today to set up a short demonstration – or take our FREE taster test here.

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Ernst & Young Removes Degree Classification From Entry Criteria As There’s ‘No Evidence’ University Equals Success

Ernst & Young, one of the UK’s biggest graduate recruiters, has announced it will be removing the degree classification from its entry criteria, saying there is “no evidence” success at university correlates with achievement in later life.

In an unprecedented move, the accountancy firm is scrapping its policy of requiring a 2:1 and the equivalent of three B grades at A-level in order to open opportunities for talented individuals “regardless of their background”.

Maggie Stilwell, EY’s managing partner for talent, said the company would use online assessments to judge the potential of applicants.

“Academic qualifications will still be taken into account and indeed remain an important consideration when assessing candidates as a whole, but will no longer act as a barrier to getting a foot in the door,” she said.

“Our own internal research of over 400 graduates found that screening students based on academic performance alone was too blunt an approach to recruitment.

“It found no evidence to conclude that previous success in higher education correlated with future success in subsequent professional qualifications undertaken.”

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When was the last time you reviewed your business skills testing software?

A survey conducted this month (January 2017) by Recruitment Assessment across 50 non customer companies who use business skills testing software has revealed that almost 80% of them have not reviewed the service in the last 3 years or more.  Nearly half of respondents were not convinced that they were not getting the full value from their software but had not done anything about it.

Warren Bresler Managing Director of Recruitment Assessment said: “What we find on a pretty regular basis is that the needs of the business have changed and often those who were involved in the original decision to buy the current software are no longer in the business.”

He continued: “Business skills testing software, like all software, advances at a rapid pace and what was cutting edge yesterday is pretty ordinary today. It is vital that companies schedule regular reviews to assess the relevance and value that it offers in comparison to alternative providers.  To address this we have been offering a free trial/comparison of or own software with no obligation and we have been successful in attracting new customers because of a whole range of features that are now available with eSkill.”

Anyone who would like to compare the eSkill software with no obligation should contact Warren Bresler at or visit

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Recruitment Hotspots For 2017 And The Increased Competition For Jobs

I read with interest a recent report in On Rec which talked about the big growth areas for recruitment in 2017 and the fact that there will be more competition for jobs.  With a workforce one click away from applying for jobs it is easy to see how HR’s and recruitment agencies can be overwhelmed with response.  Which is perhaps why candidate testing would make sense to ratify the “office” related skills claims of candidates whilst also eliminating wasted time and cost from getting it wrong.

The report said:

New data from the UK’s leading independent job site, CV-Library, has found that the design, leisure and tourism and catering industries are some of the top sectors to find a new job this year, showing great promise for job hunters looking for work in these areas.

The data, which analysed the average number of jobs in the UK’s key sectors in 2016, found that the top ten industries for work in 2017 are:

  • Design – up 43%
  • Leisure/Tourism – up 33%
  • Catering – up 33%
  • Legal – up 32%
  • Agriculture – up 32%
  • Automotive – up 28%
  • Social Care – up 27%
  • Manufacturing – up 26%
  • Marketing – up 25%
  • Education – up 25%

And while there are more jobs available, there is also fierce competition for these roles, with applications rising by 31% in leisure/tourism, 24% in design and 13% in catering. Furthermore, other key sectors saw a substantial increase in applications last year, including agriculture (up 41%), manufacturing (up 30%) and automotive (up 23), with all figures expected to pick up substantially this New Year.

To find out more how our skills testing services could help you then contact us today.

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The Role Of Brand and Reputation In The Recruitment Process

Many of our clients are aware that their brand and reputation have a major role in the recruitment process. In actual fact an online skills test invitation can be one of the first times they have been contacted by the company.

To help make that interaction more engaging eSkill have a number of tools to help you:

  • You can create your own email test invitations
  • Your logo is featured in the email invitations.
  • Add a custom field of your choice to the test login
  • Add your own custom instructions to the candidate – tell them about the testing process
  • Your logo featured on the test centre
  • Custom questions – create as many as you want, use any of your own resources
  • Your colours – make our centre appear in your colours
  • Every test comprises the specific questions that you want
  • Choose the number of questions that you feel is right
  • Set the time limit you prefer for the test

To learn more about how we can help you make the right first impressions with your prospective candidates please give us a call us on 08458400123 or email me at

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How Great Would It Be If You Could Be 100% Certain That A Job Candidate Would Be Right For The Job?

externalv-internal-350-x-219In reality no one could boast 100% accuracy but with Eskill and Recruitment Assessment we can get you pretty close.
Our Quality Of Hire Metrics help you take a closer look at those hard-to-define skills and qualities that add up to a really good hire can greatly increase your recruiting success, and you don’t have to rely as much on our gut feel or best estimate.
It can also provide the kind of framework that will lead to improved employee performance throughout your company.