Critical thinking assessments

Critical thinking tests help employers understand a person's ability to evaluate issues, assess different perspectives, and formulate a reasoned judgment. The ability to think critically when approaching issues is increasingly important to workplace success. According to a 2015 study, critical thinking is one of the 4 "Super Skills" required to succeed in the digital economy.

Habits that characterize a person with critical thinking skills are:

  • Inquisitiveness
  • Solving problems in a systematic way
  • The ability to detect mistakes and inconsistencies in reasoning
  • Identifying key points and assessing the significance of each
  • A commitment to using reason in the formulation of one's beliefs

Why does a candidate's critical thinking ability matter?

A person's ability to solve problems and understand situations is influenced by their critical thinking ability. Managers need to think critically to analyze problems and handle issues that influence their team members. Customer service representatives need critical thinking skills to discover creative solutions to keep customers happy. In the digital age, with information changing rapidly, the capacity to navigate unfamiliar situations is a valuable quality for nearly every job.

Before a candidate is hired, his or her critical thinking ability should be assessed. Berke measures a candidate's thinking style and provides guidance on whether a person's innate abilities align with the requirements of the job.

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

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Sales professionals - Critical thinking abilities help salespeople match customer needs with their product, and explain the solution in a manner that resonates with the audience.

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Customer service representatives - Use critical thinking to gauge how to best approach customers and resolve issues.

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Medical professions - Practitioners use critical thinking to diagnose a variety of symptoms.

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Project managers - Use critical thinking to assemble teams and to manage those teams effectively.

Different jobs require different levels of critical thinking. Berke's hiring profiles define what level is required, for each position, so that you can find the candidate's whose cognitive abilities match the job.

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:

  1. Describe a problem to the candidate with information that is missing. Ask them what information they would seek before making a decision. You want the candidate to respond with questions from multiple angles. Ideally, each new question brings a new set of questions and considerations.
  2. Have the candidate describe a problem they faced in a previous job and ask them to discuss how they handled it. Look for a candidate that can provide details and rationale for why they did what they did.
  3. Look for candidates that have a record of questioning the status quo, and a propensity for implementing new policies and procedures.

Berke provides personalized interview guides with questions based on each candidate's assessment. The interview guides facilitate conversations to assess risk factors and get to know candidates better. 82% of customers say Berke helps them conduct more effective interviews.

Berke critical thinking test.

Given the importance of critical thinking in the current competitive business environment, it is helpful for employers to identify candidates with the right level of critical thinking skills. Berke measures four cognitive abilities that contribute to critical thinking. These cognitive abilities influence each candidate's ability to think critically and describe what types of tasks come easiest to them.

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