Optimize Hire for Construction

Psychologists at the Wharton School typically recommend adding traits like grit and manual work preferences to standard cognitive ability, personality and motivation tests when hiring for construction positions. Give us a call or contact us online to tell us more about your business so our expert partners can offer company-specific customizations.

Why Optimize Hire?

Optimize Hire behavioral tests are 8-10 minutes long and have a 96% national completion rate. Created by Dr. Adam Grant and customized by experts at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania our tests have been validated to show improvement in turnover and other job performance outcomes.


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What experts recommend

All applicants are tested on behavioral traits and ranked by score. Psychologists recommend choosing the highest scorers to go on to resume review and interviews. It works the same way as the SAT - the higher the score, the greater likelihood - on average - of success.

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Traits of reliable construction employees

The following traits are proven predictors of job performance and turnover for construction workers according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and decades of psychology research. Optimize Hire Construction Pre-Employment Tests can assess any combination of these traits and others that are specific to your company needs.

Attention to Detail — being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks

Dependability — being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations

Integrity — being honest and ethical

Cooperation — being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude

Self Control — maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations

Stress Tolerance — accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations

Initiative — willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges

Persistence — persistence in the face of obstacles

Concern for Others — being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job

Adaptability/Flexibility — being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace

Leadership — willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction

Achievement/Effort — establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks

Social Orientation — preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job

Popular Construction Assessments Tested

Construction Laborer, Construction Worker, Curb and Gutter Laborer, Drain Layer, Drop Crew Laborer, Post Framer, Skill Laborer, Union Laborer, Construction Area Manager, Construction Foreman, Construction Superintendent, General Contractor, Project Executive, Project Manager, Bricklayer, Marble Finisher, Mason Tender, Restoration Laborer, Mortar Mixer, Building Code Administrator, Building Inspector, Construction Materials Testing Technician

Hear what our clients have to say

I have been using Optimize Hire now for almost two years and it has been a game changer for me. Not only has it helped me get A players on my team, but I do it in a fraction of the time.
— Terry Thayer, Thayer Homes
Optimize Hire is like the crystal ball of hiring resources. You get all the answers a simple resume or conversation will not disclose. It saves countless hours by giving an at-a-glance overview that’s simple to follow. Optimize Hire gives me the capability and resource asset of a corporate HR officer, without the costs associated. Whether you’re hiring 1 person, or 50 per year, this product is well worth the investment!
— Tony Patterson, Patterson Custom Builders

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