Hiring assessments for

Colleges and Universities

Our College & University Assessment Solution helps talent teams identify qualified candidates that align with their unique roles and academic culture.

Personalized assessments

HR teams at Education companies need an efficient hiring process that identifies candidates at all job levels that align with both the role and your academic culture.

HighMatch’s personalized assessment solution includes independently validated measures that can assess a candidate’s for only those specific qualities that matter most in the role, using your preferred language.

Industry Snapshot

employees of colleges and universities in the us

growth in sector employment over last 5 years

average number of employees per college / university

Industry expertise

While the number of administrative positions remained static over the last few years, diversity among both faculty and administrative positions remains low, with people of color still only representing less than 10% of the total population. This puts increased pressure on HR teams and search committees, who are tasked with finding qualified candidates while improving diversity. 

HighMatch has 15+ years experience partnering with colleges and universities of all sizes. Our psychologists have developed an understanding of the qualities that influence success both in the industry and in the most common academic and administrative roles and can filter your pipeline to ensure only qualified applicants move forward.

Measure anything, at any stage

HighMatch has a full suite of content capabilities, enabling our team to approach each role differently.

Our personalization process identifies those capabilities we need to employ to measure what matters most.

Each content capability is made up of independently validated measures that can be used in any combination and at any stage of the hiring process.

We Understand

Academic Roles

Between managing the academic budget to overseeing the next fundraising drive, there’s no room for mistakes when it comes to hiring these roles.

We have over two decades helping our education clients identify candidates for some of the most popular roles that exceed performance targets and align well with your culture.

popular roles include:

  • Provost
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Fundraising Officer
  • Assistant Professor
  • Education Consultant

College & University
Personality Traits

There are a number of personality traits that often align with success in college and university settings, and are frequently requested by our clients.

Don’t see a trait you want to measure?
Check out Create, our personalized assessment solution. Our workplace psychologists build tailored assessments that measures those traits that matter most in the role.


  • Cooperation: being pleasant with others on the job

  • Dependability: being reliable and fulfilling obligations

  • Initiative: willingness to take on responsibilities

  • Integrity: being honest and ethical

  • Leadership: a willingness to lead and take charge

  • Self Control: controlling anger, keeping emotions in check

HighMatch dashboards

HighMatch dashboards are highly personalized, from the competencies reported on to sections, measures, ranges and targets ~ even the look and feel can be tailored to your needs.

Features include:

  • Single Score: a single roll-up performance score
  • Custom Ranges: flexible, client-defined score ranges
  • Topic Scores: tailored topic scores for key sections
  • Answers Tab: easily review answers to questions
  • Action Tabs: email or call applicants with one click
  • Interview Guides: tailored question prompts
  • Development: recommendations for improvement

All content shown for each measure across all sections can be tailored to your needs, using your preferred language.

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sample candidate report

College & University Cognitive Abilities

While not as exhaustive a list as personality traits, there are also several cognitive abilities that often align with success at colleges and universities.

Don’t see a trait you want to measure?
Connect with us today to learn how HighMatch can build a personalized assessment aligned to your specific roles and culture, using your preferred language.


  • Spatial Visualization: Measures a candidate’s ability to hold, manipulate, and think about three dimensions in one’s mind

  • Numerical Reasoning: Measures a candidate’s numerical aptitude and their ability to interpret, analyze, calculate, and draw conclusions using numbers and data sets

  • Logical Problem Solving: Measures a candidate’s ability to draw accurate conclusions based on their observations and experiences

“We’ve taken a huge step forward in implementing a more modern, effective process, and we’re only going to get better now that we have [HighMatch] as part of it.”

Director of Talent Acquisition, University of Central Oklahoma


UCO uses objective candidate data to improve their hiring processes

Learn how the Talent Acquisition team at UCO were able to improve their hiring process and make better hiring decisions by incorporating HighMatch data.


UCO Case Study

College & University Skills

We approach skills testing differently than everyone else. HighMatch skills tests, powered by our modern, testing engine, are short and candidate-friendly.

They are also highly personalized, compiled by our team of workplace psychologists from a pool of components and tailored to measure what matters most in the role.

Skills testing is an important piece of the puzzle; however, our clients often couple skills testing with other capabilities to ensure they are getting the full picture of a candidate.


  • Computer Literacy: This fast, mobile-friendly test assesses candidate’s understanding of basic computer use

  • Microsoft Word: A fast yet comprehensive assessment designed to test a candidate’s knowledge of MS Word

  • Microsoft Excel: A quick, mobile-friendly assessment designed to test a candidate’s knowledge of MS Excel

  • Microsoft Powerpoint: This candidate-friendly assessment tests knowledge of basic and advanced MS Powerpoint.

For larger organizations, HighMatch can also quickly create short, personalized and mobile-first skills tests covering topics like Clerical Proofreading or Email Etiquette, all powered by our modern, mobile-first assessment engine and tailored to your roles.

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