Sunday, January 18, 2009

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Aliyah Info: Jobs and Testing in Israel

by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths

Israel is not the US. Job interview questions that would be illegal in the US are common in Israel, as is a level of "testing" that few American companies would dare to require...

- Reliability testing... This is a 1 hour test, partially computer based, designed to determine if a person has dishonest tendencies that would make him/her inappropriate for a job at a bank, insurance company, or other similar financially oriented institution (where everyone is tested) or job role (say a bookkeeper). This test is mildly annoying, repetitive, and times the response of the answers as part of the evaluation.

- Skills testing... This is a 2 hour test, computer based, designed to extract those areas where a person has skill aptitudes. This is used particularly on entry level employees (and by the army), or to confirm that those headed to certain specialty areas have the assumed necessary aptitudes.

- Psychometric testing... This is a day long test designed to evaluate soft skills such as teamwork, leadership, responsibility, work habits, and generally if a person is all around "normal". JobMob as a nice article on this. Some consider this testing "dreaded".

- Security testing... Many a company in Israel does national security work or has some level of military or security agency interaction. Employees in such positions require security clearance and must undergo a stringent security review.

For an American, all of these tests involve a level of personal information interaction that is culturally uncomfortable. Knowing what you're in for helps a bit.


Neshama said...

Very interesting and helpful to many, I'm sure.

BTW I scored smack middle of the Dr Phil test; actually a combo of two (which is usual for me, never the typical), some of 31-40 and 41-50. My curiosity would send me to this type of testing just for the experience and results. But I can say right off, that typical math is not my forte!

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