Is there a really basic computer user test out there?
February 26, 2013 6:13 AM Subscribe
After having to show some production employees where the SHIFT key is and why you would use it, I'm starting to wonder if there's a test out there, preferably web-based and cheap or free, that would put a potential hire through some paces and test for speed and accuracy on doing basic tasks.
posted by randomkeystrike to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
We're a Windows 7 shop, mainly, so it should be oriented to that, I suppose.
I've done some googling and found some tests, but they tend to be multiple-choice quizzes and ask things like "Is a mouse an input device?" If possible, I'd like to open a web site and have a semi-structured environment where they're asked to do things like click into a window, type, open and close windows, etc. Some assessment of practical typing speed would be a nice plus, although not critical as I've found tools to do that.
In the past I've done something similar by having a potential hire sit down and ask them to do stuff, but I'm wondering if there's something out there where I could get a standardized score I could benchmark. It would be good from an HR standpoint to be able to say (either to the candidate or internally): "We require a 75 and the candidate scored a 2" or the like.
Note that I'm not screening IT or tech-support candidates - I'm trying to figure out if the person can operate a PC at a level comparable to a typical office or factory worker so that we can train them on our processes and tasks, not on how to operate Windows or handle web browser conventions.