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Problem-Solving Test

A problem-solving test assesses rapid problem-solving by measuring a candidate’s ability to think through large, complex problems in a linear, step-by-step way.

Problem-Solving in the Workplace

Problem-solving is the process of finding a solution to an issue. Problem-solving tests help employers evaluate potential candidates’ abilities to overcome obstacles. 

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People with strong problem-solving skills are:

  • Observant
  • Action-Oriented
  • Good Collaborators
  • Able to Remain Objective
  • Likely to Become Leaders

Berke creates custom hiring profiles for you which identify the personality traits, cognitive abilities and the skills required for success in the role.

Role Applicability

Problem-solving is a universal job skill. Every work environment demands that one be able to solve problems, from simple to complex.

All jobs require some level of problem-solving, however certain jobs require higher levels.

those include:

  • Medical Professionals: Medical professionals deal with life and death situations that are rarely formulaic and require fast solutions
  • Judges & Magistrates: Judges often need discretion when it comes to sentencing, which requires defining quick solutions to unique circumstances
  • Chief Executives: CEO’s and other C-Suite executives need to be able to solve abstract problems, often based on a limited data set
  • Air Traffic Controllers: A high stress occupation, Controllers must be able to quickly solve problems to avoid catastrophic disasters

Related Skills

Rapid Problem-Solving is closely tied to other abilities, including:

  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Skills

How to Assess Problem-Solving in an Interview

Interviews are a great way to get to know candidates beyond the resume. Conversations with the candidate help you conceptualize how their thinking style would manifest on the job.

When thinking about what types of questions to ask, here are some tips:

  • Create scenarios that are likely to occur on the job and ask how they would solve those given what they know.
  • Ask them about a time they were challenged at work and how they responded. If their answer is brief and without will or determination, that’s a red flag.
  • Ask them about a time they failed. You want someone who can accept responsibility and who seeks answers for what caused the failure.

Berke includes interview guides tailored to each candidate. Each guide offers questions based candidate’s personality and skills, making it easy to ask thought-provoking questions.

The HighMatch Problem Solving Test

Berke directly measures Problem Solving, among three other core problem solving abilities, as part of its core assessment.

Our team of workplace psychologists partners with you to develop job profiles that outline what levels of each trait influence success in a given role.

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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