pre-employment assessment for

Architecture, Engineering & Design Firms

Our Construction Professional Services (CPS) Solution is the perfect fit for HR and partnership teams at Architecture, Engineering and Design firms looking for actionable insights into prospective candidates. 

Industry Snapshot

firms list worker shortages as a top concern in a recent AGC Survey

Construction starts in the first three months of 2022 vs. same period last year

firms experienced project delays due to longer lead times or Materials shortage

Construction Professional Services (CPS) firms are quickly adopting new productivity, automation and visual design technologies to better cope with challenging timelines, increased material costs and maturing client needs.

This rapid adoption in technology is spurring demand for professionals who are fluent in these technologies coupled with the client-facing attributes required for success.

We have 15+ years experience partnering with CPS firms of all sizes. We know the qualities that influence success and can filter pipelines to ensure only qualified applicants advance.

We Understand

CPS Roles

Between meeting with clients to determine requirements, preparing structure specifications and ensuring structures are operating safely and efficiently, there’s no room for mistakes when it comes to hiring these roles.

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

popular roles include:

  • Architect
  • Department Head
  • Project Manager
  • Structural Engineer
  • Safety Engineer

What Makes a Rockstar
Employee at an CPS Firm?

Our workplace psychologists have partnered with a wide range of clients, from large engineering firms to smaller architecture firms staffing one or two project managers.

As a result of this research, we have identified a proven profile of knowledge, abilities and skills that, together, provide a high-level of predictability into whether a candidate will be successful in the role.

CPS Personality Traits

There are a number of personality traits that often align with success in construction professional services, and are frequently requested by our clients.

Don’t see a trait you want to measure?
Connect with a Product Specialist today to learn how we can measure and report on any singular trait or ability you believe equate to success.


  • Analytical Thinking: analyzing data and using logic to issues

  • Attention to Detail: being careful and thorough about detail

  • Cooperation: being pleasant with others on the job

  • Dependability: being reliable, responsible and fulfilling obligations

  • Initiative: willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges

  • Safety Orientation: being rule-conscious and compliance-minded

  • Self Control: maintaining composure and controlling anger

  • Stress Tolerance: dealing calmly in high-stress situations

These CPS Firms Trust HighMatch:

The HighMatch CPS Assessment

HighMatch’s CPS assessment includes a highly configurable test that’s fast, easy-to-implement and measures personality, aptitude and skills right out of the box.

Best of all, it comes pre-populated with job profiles for the most popular roles in CPS. These profiles were built by our workplace psychologists and are validated for accuracy.

For larger organizations, HighMatch can build a personalized assessment tailored to your specific role and culture.

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CPS Cognitive Abilities

While not as exhaustive a list as personality traits, there are also several cognitive abilities that often align with success in the construction industry.

Don’t see a trait you want to measure?
Connect with a Product Specialist today to learn how we can measure and report on any singular trait or ability you believe equate to success.


  • Vocabulary: the measure of the richness of someone’s vocabulary.  It has direct bearing on their fluidity in communication

  • Rapid Problem Solving: the ability to deal with many problems, one after another quickly and recognize links between unrelated objects

  • Logical Problem Solving: measures the ability to think through large, complex problems in a linear, step-by-step way


Wayne Homes uses HighMatch to Identify Qualified Applicants

Hear from Michael Luckie-Ewing, former VP of People and Culture at Wayne Homes, a custom home builder serving 5 states for over 40 years.

Michael and his team used HighMatch to better filter applicants for the qualities and skills that contribute to success across every role in their organization.

CPS 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 it’s rarely the whole solution. Our clients couple skills testing with other components to ensure they are getting the full picture of a candidate.

relevant skills tests:

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

  • Math Fundamentals: A short, fast skills assessment that tests candidate’s understanding of basic math concepts

For larger organizations, HighMatch can also quickly create short, personalized and mobile-first skills tests covering topics like Blueprint Basics and Project Management Basics, all powered by our modern, mobile-first assessment engine and tailored to your roles.


Great People Are Better Than A Great Process

Listen to Dr. Craig Ellis, HighMatch’s Chief Workplace Psychologist, as he joins Devon Tilly, host of The Art of Construction to discuss the current issues facing construction companies as they try and hire, train and retain top talent during a talent shortage.

Listen to the Episode

“[We] like that the Assessment is customized to take into consideration traits and skills that have been shown to be important to success in our company!”

Administrator in Design & Construction


Industry Report

Tackling Construction’s Staffing Shortage

Demand for housing is sky-high, but a litany of issues is preventing builders from being able to seize the moment.

This report uncovers the gaps in the builder labor pool and offers tips to identify the right candidates, accelerate hiring, and set the foundation for new hires to be successful.


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HighMatch Construction Professional Services (CPS) Assessment Solution

Ready to learn how an architecture, design and engineering skills assessment test from HighMatch can help your professional services firm find better quality candidates, increase recruiter efficiency, improve diversity and reduce turnover?

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