Mechanical reasoning

Use our Mechanical reasoning test to hire the best

About the Mechanical reasoning test

A simple gear, if installed incorrectly, can result in the malfunction of a machine. Not only will the performance of the engine be affected, but the mistake can also compromise the safety of those using the machine. Hiring candidates with a strong grasp of mechanical concepts is crucial for success in mechanical and manufacturing jobs.

The mechanical reasoning test assesses candidates’ comprehension of the principles of physics and mechanics. This screening test evaluates candidates in the three main areas of mechanical concepts: force and movement, velocity, and pulleys, gears, and wheels. Through questions that focus on real-life problems and events, the test evaluates candidates’ ability to perceive the relationship of physical forces and mechanical elements in practical situations.

Candidates who perform well on this test have a strong grasp of mechanical and physical principles. They possess a level of mechanical aptitude that enables proficiency in relatively basic mechanical roles and functions. The test ensures that these candidates have all the mechanical comprehension skills needed to perform tasks involving relatively complex equipment.

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The test is made by a subject-matter expert

Raphael R.M.

Raphael loves all things Physics and Mathematics, especially teaching those topics to others. His degree in Mechanical Engineering and his years of experience in Physics (theoretical and applied) and Mathematics (advanced and applied) have equipped Raphael to teach these topics to students of all ages and levels of comprehension. Raphael enjoys creating academic content of all kinds, including preparing educational materials and creating various types of assessments.

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How to recruit with a Mechanical Reasoning test

A Mechanical Reasoning test can help you evaluate the skills of your candidate in a bias-free and objective way. Candidates who perform well in this test will have a solid understanding of mechanical and physical principles. The test ensures that they are capable of performing fundamental mechanical tasks and possess the necessary foundational abilities to deal with rather sophisticated machinery.

The mechanical reasoning test can be used when hiring for the following roles:

• Engineers
• Emergency service operators like firefighters and police officers
• Military personnel
• Electricians
• Plumbers
• Roles in manufacturing
• Technical roles and crafts

The test will help you evaluate whether your applicants can use practical mechanical reasoning to solve problems in different situations and environments.

Candidates will be tested on the following topics:

• Circuits
• Forces
• Momentum
• Levers
• Springs
• Gears
• Tools
• Maps

Mechanical Reasoning tests can be general, or they can also be adapted to be sector-specific: Someone applying for the role of a plumber or electrician will have to use their mechanical reasoning skills in a different way than a police officer or an army corporal.

Why mechanical reasoning is important

With TestGorilla’s Mechanical Reasoning test, you’ll be able to identify the candidates who have the necessary skills to be successful in the role you’re looking to fill.

In fact, going through the entire hiring process and not finding the right candidate isn’t the worst-case scenario – hiring the wrong candidate is.
But with a Mechanical Reasoning test (in combination with other relevant tests), you’ll be able to make sure you’re only interviewing and considering candidates who have the right skills for the job. For roles where the safety and security not only of your staff but also of other people is at stake – such as engineers, police officers, or electricians – this is essential.

The right candidate will have both the necessary mechanical reasoning skills and the cognitive abilities and soft skills to enable them to be successful in the role.

The candidate with the right skills

Even if mechanical reasoning skills are crucial for the role, the ideal candidate needs to possess a few more essential skills and abilities. Some of them are

• Critical-thinking skills: The right candidate needs to be capable of using logical thinking to find the best solution for any situation they find themselves in. To assess this skill, you can use a Critical Thinking test in conjunction with a Mechanical Reasoning test.

• Attention to detail: A candidate working in an engineering or plumbing role needs to be attentive to details and not miss out on anything that could cause a problem down the line. The right candidate will be a detail-oriented individual.

• Problem-solving skills: Whether the candidate is applying for the role of a police officer, engineer, or electrician, they will need to use problem-solving skills in their jobs. So you need to find a candidate that has a solution-oriented mindset, i.e. someone who can deal with any problems they come up against.

• Working well under pressure: An applicant with strong mechanical reasoning skills should also be able to work well under pressure. Most jobs that require mechanical aptitude require working in a fast-paced environment under a lot of pressure. This means that the right candidate needs to be able to handle pressure.

• Communication skills: Excellent communication skills are paramount for roles where employees will be working with others: team members, clients, managers, and other stakeholders. Therefore, candidates for such roles need strong communication skills to be able to effectively convey information, receive instructions, negotiate requirements, explain challenges, and ask for help whenever needed. You can use a Communication test to assess these skills in candidates.

• Integrity: A candidate applying for a role that requires mechanical reasoning needs to have personal integrity and be able to act in an honest, ethical, and transparent way.

• Flexibility: The perfect candidate will be flexible in their approach to the job. They will be able to read and analyze their environment and understand when (and how) they need to change their approach to succeed in each task.

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How can the Mechanical Reasoning test help recruiters hire people?

To hire the right candidate, you need to make sure that your hiring process is objective and bias-free – and that you’re using the same methods to evaluate the skills of all applicants. Pre-employment assessments such as TestGorilla’s Mechanical Reasoning test are an excellent way to do this. There are multiple benefits to using pre-employment tests in your hiring process, as they

• Help you create a bias-free hiring process: When you give a candidate a pre-employment test, you give them the opportunity to be evaluated only on their skillset. With CV screening, you might inadvertently decline excellent candidates, simply because their CVs don’t feature the right keywords or because of your own bias (and no-one is immune to hiring bias). By giving all applicants a pre-employment assessment, you’ll be able to concentrate only on their skills and see who meets your requirements for the job. After that, you can invite your best applicants to get a more in-depth understanding of their abilities and knowledge. This approach helps eliminate bias in the hiring process.

• Enable you to rate candidates objectively: With pre-employment assessments, all candidates get an equal chance to demonstrate their skills – and are scored objectively, according to the same standards. The results you receive will be easy to read, analyze, and compare so that you can quickly identify your most talented applicants.

• Are made by subject-matter experts: Every test in our Test Library is made by a subject-matter expert and goes through a rigorous review process and multiple rounds of feedback and adjustments. Once we’re sure of each test’s validity and quality, we add it to our Test Library.

• Are infinitely scalable: It makes no difference if 25 or 225 candidates apply for your open role: You’ll simply need to distribute the pre-employment test with a single click and wait for the results. This makes pre-employment tests infinitely scalable and easy to adapt to your hiring needs.

In summary

When you’re hiring for a role that requires strong mechanical reasoning skills, it’s essential to objectively analyze your applicants’ skills – and TestGorilla’s pre-employment tests help you do just that.
With skills assessments, you’ll be able to hire the right applicant who has the skills and knowledge they need to succeed – and do that in a fraction of the time you’d need with other hiring methods.


What is the difference between an assessment and a test?
An assessment is the total package of tests and custom questions that you put together to evaluate your candidates. Each individual test within an assessment is designed to test something specific, such as a job skill or language. An assessment can consist of up to 5 tests and 20 custom questions. You can have candidates respond to your custom questions in several ways, such as with a personalized video.
Can I add my own questions to an assessment?
Yes! Custom questions are great for testing candidates in your own unique way. We support the following question types: video, multiple-choice, coding, file upload, and essay. Besides adding your own custom questions, you can also create your own tests.
How do video questions work?
A video question is a specific type of custom question you can add to your assessment. Video questions let you create a question and have your candidates use their webcam to record a video response. This is an excellent way to see how a candidate would conduct themselves in a live interview, and is especially useful for sales and hospitality roles. Some good examples of things to ask for video questions would be "Why do you want to work for our company?" or "Try to sell me an item you have on your desk right now." You can learn more about video questions here.
Can you explain how the other custom question types work?
Besides video questions, you can also add the following types of custom questions: multiple-choice, coding, file upload, and essay. Multiple-choice lets your candidates choose from a list of answers that you provide, coding lets you create a coding problem for them to solve, file upload allows your candidates to upload a file that you request (such as a resume or portfolio), and essay allows an open-ended text response to your question. You can learn more about different custom question types here.
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Can I combine the Mechanical reasoning test with other tests?
Yes. You can add up to five tests to each assessment.
Where in my recruitment process should I use the Mechanical reasoning test?
We recommend using our assessment software as a pre-screening tool at the beginning of your recruitment process. You can add a link to the assessment in your job post or directly invite candidates by email. TestGorilla replaces traditional CV screening with a much more reliable and efficient process, designed to find the most skilled candidates earlier and faster.
What are the main cognitive ability tests?
We offer the following cognitive ability tests: Numerical Reasoning, Problem Solving, Attention to Detail, Reading Comprehension, and Critical Thinking.
Which cognitive ability test should I add to my assessment?
Our cognitive ability tests allow you to test for skills that are difficult to evaluate in an interview. Check out our blog on why these tests are so useful and how to choose the best one for your assessment.

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