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Rule-Following Skill

Soft Skills
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The Rule-Following Skill Test is a tool meant to measure job candidates' ability to follow rules. The test consists of a series of questions designed to gauge how well the candidate understands and can comply with rules. The test is intended for use by employers as part of the hiring process, in order to help identify those candidates who are most likely to be successful in positions that require adherence to rules and regulations.

The Rule-Following Skill Test at a glance

When to use: This test can be used at any stage of the hiring process but may be most relevant in an early stage when getting to know the candidate.

Example question : Candidates rate how well they can perform a set of activities on a scale from one to seven. This is an example of an activity: "Do as I'm told".

Response time: 2 minutes.

Result: An easy-to-interpret score that is benchmarked against hundreds of other candidates!

This test is backed by real science

The Rule-Following Skill Test is a part of the Behavioral, Emotional, and Social Skills Inventory (BESSI). The BESSI is the most recent and exhausting inventory to measure soft skills. It was developed by leading personality researchers Christopher Soto and Brent Roberts. The BESSI predicts important life outcomes. It was developed using self-report and observer-report data from thousands of adolescents and adults. The Rule-Following Skill Test is reliable and valid tool.

If you are interested in the science behind the BESSI, start with this scientific publication.

The qualities of a candidate with high test scores

If you're looking for someone who will always do as they're told and never break the rules, then you should look for someone who scores high on the Rule-Following Skill Test. Individuals with this skill are typically very good at following instructions and respecting authority figures. They may not be the most creative or innovative workers, but they can be trusted to always do what's expected of them. If you want a dependable employee who will always play by the rules, then hiring someone with a high score on the Rule-Following Skill Test is a good bet.

Examples of roles that would be an optimal fit for a high-scoring candidate:

Security Guard. Security guards need to follow and enforce a strict set of rules.

Compliance Manager. Compliance managers need to be great at respecting authorities because they need to ensure that a business comply with relevant regulations.

Bank Teller. Bank tellers must act according to customers' expectations whose cash they handle.

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