Culture add

Culture add test: Pre-employment screening assessment to hire the best candidates

About the Culture add test

All successful companies have one thing in common: a strong culture. Culture is not about the fancy office, the ping-pong table, or the colorful co-creation rooms. Culture is what people do when nobody is looking. It’s the sum of all individual behaviors in the organization: the habits that are formed, how people respond under pressure, what is being rewarded and celebrated, and what is being disfavored.

A strong culture acts as a powerful competitive advantage. It enables innovation, facilitates decision-making, engages employees, and attracts candidates to your open roles. Having a strong organizational culture means that the leadership of a company and its employees share the same values around work, work side by side to achieve a vision and mission they believe in, and together create a productive and rewarding workplace for all. On the contrary, companies with weak cultures experience rifts between leadership and employees, see a high turnover rate as a result of employee unhappiness, and ultimately report sinking profits.

Hiring plays a crucial role in building a high-performance culture, and this culture add test will help you identify the candidates that will help your organization thrive. The test provides insights about your candidates on two important parameters: values and behaviors. By understanding what motivates each of your candidates and how their inner drive and aspirations align with the values and needs of your organization, you can hire people who’ll not only fit in with your existing culture but will also contribute to making it better.

Since every culture is unique, we’ve designed this test to be customized precisely to your company’s values and your open role’s needs for optimum results. To set the standards for the assessment, we ask you to rate a list of values according to their importance for your culture and indicate the behaviors (such as analytical, diligent, helpful, etc.) that are important for your open role. Candidates then receive a blank survey that asks them to select the values and behaviors that matter most to them.

We then map the results of each candidate against the specification of your organization. The results of the culture add test help you understand how each candidate aligns with your organizational values and how their behaviors contribute towards what you’re looking for in a particular role so you can find the perfect hire.

The test is made by a subject-matter expert

Otto V.

Otto worked at Bain & Company for 13 years and served as a Partner in Bain's Amsterdam office. He specializes in customer strategy and marketing, growth strategies, and change management. He supported mainly retail banks, telecom companies, and agrifood businesses. Otto has been involved in recruiting throughout his career and led Bain's Associate Recruiting department for a number of years. He is one of TestGorilla's co-founders, focusing on test development, product, and technology.

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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.
Can I customize an assessment with my company logo and color theme?
Yes! You can add your own logo and company color theme to your assessments. This is a great way to leave a positive and lasting brand impression on your candidates.
What type of support do you offer?
Our team is always here to help. After you sign up, we’ll reach out to guide you through the first steps of setting up your TestGorilla account. If you have any further questions, you can contact our support team via email, chat or call. We also offer detailed guides in our extensive Help & Inspiration Center.
What is the cost for using the Culture add test?
You can find our pricing packages here. Sign up here to try TestGorilla today.
Can I combine the Culture add test with other tests?
Yes. You can add up to five tests to each assessment.
Where in my recruitment process should I use the Culture add 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.

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