The National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) just introduced a new online tool that they say saves time, streamlines hiring, identifies current employees with extraordinary technical skills, and finds the best new candidates: the Technical Assessment Tool.
Through a series of basic, intermediate, and advanced questions about the industry and technology, this online tool allows integrators to analyze technician and installer proficiency before hiring. The test is completely customizable, allowing users to select which categories to test for each candidate. Examples include:
- Acoustics/Audio/AV (pro sound, unified communications, videoconferencing, etc.)
- Phone, Data, & Networks (cabling, digital signage, networking, nurse call, etc.)
- Life Safety, Fire, & Security (access control, surveillance, fire alarms, etc.)
- Lighting (low-voltage lighting)
The test can also be administered to internal employees who express interest in a role that requires technical knowledge. By asking employees to complete this test, integrators will have a better understanding of where they best fit within the organization. Once testing is complete, both the test administrator and the candidate receive a report explaining performance.
“The new Technical Assessment Tool will save integrators valuable time in the hiring process, as well as help get the right people into the right positions,” says NSCA Executive Director Chuck Wilson. “Being able to quickly compare technical skills among viable candidates may be the differentiator in determining who to hire. This tool will also help integrators measure knowledge levels of current employees who are interested in moving into technical roles.”
The Technical Assessment Tool is available exclusively to NSCA members for a fee of $75 per exam. The tool contains 18 modules; testing a candidate in all 18 modules takes approximately three hours. For more information, or to learn more about the Technical Assessment Tool, go here.