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Critical Thinking

A critical thinking assessment test helps employers understand a person’s ability to evaluate issues, assess perspectives, and formulate a judgment.

A Critical Thinking Assessment Test

in the Workplace

The ability to think critically when approaching issues is increasingly important to workplace success.

According to a past study, critical thinking is one of the 4 “Super Skills” required to succeed in the digital economy.

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Habits that characterize a person with critical thinking skills are:

  • Inquisitiveness
  • Solving problems in a systematic way
  • The ability to detect inconsistencies in reasoning
  • Identifying key points and assessing the significance
  • Using reason in the formulation of one’s beliefs

HighMatch creates custom job profiles which identify the personality traits, cognitive abilities (like critical thinking), and the skills required for success in the role.

Role Applicability

A person’s ability to solve problems and understand situations is influenced by their critical thinking ability. With information changing rapidly these days, the capacity to navigate unfamiliar situations is a valuable quality for nearly every job.

HighMatch measures a candidate’s thinking style and provides guidance on whether a person’s innate abilities align with the requirements of the job. Employees whose talents fit the job are more productive, happier and stay longer.

HighMatch candidate reports make it crystal clear if candidates possess the innate talents needed to succeed in the job defined by your organization. Our Create solution provides personalized assessments tailored specifically to your organization’s needs.

Critical thinking skills are important in a variety of jobs. For example:

  • Sales professionals: critical thinking abilities help salespeople match customer needs with their product, and explain the solution in a compelling way

  • Service Professionals: use critical thinking to gauge how to best approach customers and resolve issues

  • Medical professionals: practitioners use critical thinking to diagnose a variety of symptoms

  • Project Managers: use critical thinking to assemble teams and to manage those teams effectively

Related Skills

Critical Thinking is closely tied to other abilities, including:

  • Problem Diagnosis
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Problem Synthesis
  • Accurate Inference
  • Effective Decision Making/Judgment

How to Assess Critical Thinking

in an Interview

Assessing critical thinking in an interview is equally important whether you’re hiring a new sales person or someone in an executive leadership position. An interview is a great venue to better understand how a person thinks.

Pose challenging, open-ended questions to help assess a person’s style of thinking. Here are a few tips for doing this:

  • Describe a problem with information that is missing. Ask them what they would seek before making a decision. You want the candidate to respond from multiple angles

  • Have the candidate describe a problem they faced in a previous job and ask them how they handled it. Look for candidates that can provide detail and rationale

  • Look for candidates that have a record of questioning the status quo, and a propensity for implementing new policies and procedures

HighMatch provides interview questions tailored to each candidate. Each guide offers questions based on each person’s personality and skills, making it easy for you to ask thought-provoking questions.

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The HighMatch Critical Thinking

Assessment Test

HighMatch tests for critical thinking skills using its cognitive aptitude test offered through our Berke Assessment.

Our workplace psychologists conduct a benchmark study to understand what qualities are most critical for the role, analyze the qualities that top performers share, and then develop a customized Job Profile that includes personality traits, abilities, and skills.

That Job Profile is used to develop the scoring and weighting mechanism for the assessment, helping to identify whether the person is a high, medium or low fit for the job.

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