How much is 7% of 49?
When you are interviewing a job applicant next time, why not throw in a random question and see how they react? You could even appear a bit rude by jumping in with a question in the middle of a sentence but never mind, just ask "What is 7% of 49?". Look at how they respond. Do they freeze and say nothing for a long while? Are they trying to calculate it in their head and say something silly like 7? Did you know that the most intelligent and mature applicants will pause and think before they answer...they will think along these lines: '49 is roughly half of 100 and therefore half of 7 is 3.5'. Easy for some, not so easy for others. And although this will explain some applicants’ ability to work under pressure, it will not rule out their ability to calculate well. As we all know too well, most of us panic under certain circumstances and for a person being interviewed, this sort of questions would throw even the most confident applicants out of balance.
So what does all this prove about their intellect, brain power or logic? Or even whether they are best suited for the job? You may agree it demonstrates that our minds are not always reliable nor logical enough, especially when put under extreme pressure. Therefore we recommend making our skills tests part of your recruitment process to complement job interviews and improve the reliability and accuracy of the job applicant’s skills assessment.