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What A Business Can Learn About an Employee From Vocational Testing

Vocational testing can be a useful tool in determining a range of questions, from screening potential employees to examining an injured employee’s readiness to get back to work.

Continue reading to learn about more vocational testing and how it can help.

What is a vocational evaluation?

A vocational evaluation is a tool used by a vocational rehabilitation counselor. Vocational testing explores every part of an employee, determining their strengths and weaknesses in the workplace.

This type of evaluation can help to determine how an individual is functioning after an accident when they are preparing to return to work. A vocational evaluation can also be useful for adults considering a career change.  

What can you learn from vocational testing?

After an accident, the level of activity that a person is capable of may not be the same as it once was.

You can learn a variety of things about a person from vocational testing. From personal history to work values, a lot of factors determine the kind of work that a person is able to do. 

A vocational test is like any career exploration test that adolescents do to figure out what they want to do with their lives.

Standardized tests are given along with various documents filled out to determine the following:

Academic History

Academics are important in this assessment to figure out what level of education the individual has. It also provides insight into what type of learning environment the individual has been exposed to. 

Strength and Weaknesses

Examining an individual’s strengths and weaknesses will help determine what types of jobs an individual will be good at and which they might struggle with. In the event of an accident, an individual’s strengths may change making it difficult for them to return to work.

Interests and Personality

An important part of the assessment involves the interests and personality of the individual. It helps the individual to identify the types of jobs that they would excel at. If the individual with a bubbly personality would thrive as a hostess at a restaurant, they wouldn’t be right to be put in a cubicle in an office pushing papers.

Work Ethic

Work ethic is crucial in determining what kind of work environment an individual would thrive in. Like with interests, if a person is lacking the skills to work in a fast-paced environment, like a kitchen, you wouldn’t want to place them in that line of work.

Job Readiness and Skills Assessment

This section determines what skills the individual already has and how prepared they are to enter a workforce or to reenter a job after an accident. This can be a building point to base further training on. It can also help determine which career a young adult might be interested in pursuing based on the results of the vocational testing.

How can vocational testing help you?

All of these tests tell the vocational rehabilitator what interests and strengths an individual has as a potential employee. Vocational testing can help you, as an employer, determine an individual’s employability.

Contact us, at Solutions Northwest Inc., today if you need a vocational evaluation to be included in your personal injury or workers’ compensation case. Solutions Northwest Inc. employs experts in personal injury, workers’ compensation, and family law. If you need our guidance, our legal experts are ready to guide you through the process.

Contact us today to make an appointment.

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