All of our candidates take writing tests. Writing tests, which vary by level and practice area, reveal a lot more than whether someone can write. You can learn a great deal about how a candidate thinks, about how strategic and creative they can be under deadline pressure. The test also provides insight into a candidate's judgment and analytical skills, and serves to verify his or her stated professional experience. This exercise has proven to be a key predictor of the ability to deliver the kind of quality results that clients expect from their firms. Many other factors play into a hiring decision, but poor performance on a writing test can rule someone out for a position - even a candidate who may get rave reviews from references and interviewers.
Agnes Gioconda is EVP and senior partner, chief talent officer at Fleishman-Hillard.
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