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Artistic Skill

Soft Skills

The Artistic Skill Test is a great way to measure job candidates' artistic ability. In this short test candidates evaluate their own ability to perform activities such as drawing, painting, creating art, appreciating art, music, or literature.

The Artistic 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: "Draw or paint".

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

The Artistic Skill Test specifically measures an individual's ability to generate creative ideas, communicate those ideas effectively, and execute them in a way that produces a desired effect or outcome. This makes it an invaluable tool for recruiters who are looking for candidates with strong artistic skills.

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

The qualities of a candidate with high test scores

When looking for a new hire, recruiters should keep an eye out for individuals who score high on the Artistic Skill Test. These individuals typically excel at tasks that require creativity and innovation. They may be particularly skilled at drawing or painting, appreciating art, music, or literature, creating beautiful things, making music, or writing stories or poems. If your company is in need of someone with these talents, consider reaching out to candidates who scored well on the Artistic Skill Test.

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

Art Director. An art director needs to be great in creating beautiful things so that they can direct other artists and ensure that the overall vision for a project is met.

Musician. A musician needs to be great in making music so that they can perform live or record tracks that are enjoyable to listen to.

Creative Writer. A creative writer needs to be great in writing stories or poems so that they can produce works of fiction that are compelling and enjoyable to read.

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