pre-employment assessments for

Colleges and Universities

Our College & University Assessment Solution is the perfect fit for administrators looking for actionable insights into prospective candidates. 

While the overall number of administrative position numbers remained relatively 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 for both academic and administrative positions, while improving diversity.  At HighMatch, we have over 15+ years of experience partnering with colleges and universities of all sizes.

Over the years, we’ve developed an in-depth understanding of the qualities that influence success both in the industry and in the most common academic and administrative roles and can filter your candidate pipeline to ensure only qualified applicants move forward.

Some of our college and university clients include:

We have experience identifying high quality candidates to fill popular college and university roles such as:

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

Looking to fill a unique role on your staff, or simply want to find candidates who will be successful in your college or university?

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HighMatch College and University
Assessment Solution

HighMatch Talent Insights Platform includes a highly configurable assessment that’s fast, easy to implement and measures both personality and aptitude right out-of-the-box, as well as a fully custom solution that measures individual qualities that matter most to you.

Both solutions can be combined with skills assessments, either from our strategic partnership with one of the largest skills testing providers, or our native skills offerings

Combining skills testing with soft skills assessments can provide a holistic view of a candidate’s ability to be successful on the job, leading to better hiring decisions.

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?
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.


  • Cooperation: being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude
  • Dependability: being reliable, responsible, dependable and fulfilling obligations
  • Initiative: willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges
  • Integrity: being honest and ethical
  • Leadership: a willingness to lead, take charge and offer opinions and direction
  • Self Control: maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger and avoiding aggressive behavior

“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

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 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 and their ability to process and understand written documents and spoken instructions – as well as the ability to write and speak clearly
  • Logical Problem Solving: measures the ability to think through large, complex problems in a linear, step-by-step way.  It has direct bearing on an individual’s ability to weigh pros and cons of potential decisions, consider the consequences of potential courses of action, and choose the option that is most sensible
  • Rapid Problem Solving: the ability to deal with many problems, one after another quickly. ​ It requires developed abstract reasoning skills to quickly recognize links and commonalities between seemingly unrelated objects.  It has direct bearing on a candidate’s ability to diagnose problems and develop solutions quickly


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 candidate data from HighMatch.


College & University Skills

In addition to those traits and abilities mentioned above, there are several hard skills that candidates often have to demonstrate knowledge and experience in to be considered viable candidates.

Don’t see a skill you want to measure?  Have an existing custom skills test that you need help with? Request a skills consult from our in-house team of psychologists.


  • Computer Literacy: designed to measure the skills of a person familiar with some of the technical aspects of computer knowledge as well as knowledge generally known by users.
  • Microsoft Excel: measures knowledge and skill associated with Microsoft Excel Proficiency
  • Microsoft Word: measures knowledge and skill associated with Microsoft Word Proficiency
  • Microsoft Powerpoint: measures knowledge and associated with Microsoft Powerpoint Proficiency
  • Email Etiquette: designed to determine a candidate’s knowledge of email etiquette – from very basic questions to advanced ones. It covers a range of topics from email policy to email structure
  • Clerical Proofreading: assesses the skill level of the test taker in identifying errors in text, tables and lists. It is intended for those with some experience with proofing

HighMatch offers the ability to test candidates for all of these skills and many more education skills tests through our strategic partnership with a leading skills provider.  Find out more by connecting with our Services team today.

Download our
‘Improving Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace’ Fact Sheet

The need for consistency in the hiring process is paramount to avoid the dual risks of unconscious bias creeping into the interview process and inability for multiple interviewers to evaluate candidates across a common set of criteria.

Download our D&I Fact Sheet for additional facts around the cost of unconscious bias, and learn how the right pre-employment assessment can help remove bias from your hiring process.


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HighMatch College and University Assessment Solution

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