What you’ll get
Retailers across the nation use the Optimize Hire Retail Pre-Employment Tests to improve hiring decisions and reduce turnover.
Developed by Dr. Adam Grant at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the Optimize Hire Retail Pre-Employment Tests are among the shortest pre-employment tests on the market with an industry-leading completion rate of 96%.
Our pre-employment tests help retailers increase retention, sales revenue, customer service ratings and more. Click on any of the orange blocks below to learn more about the studies we’ve conducted to prove it.
What we test
Optimize Hire Retail Pre-Employment Tests assess traits in the following areas to predict which candidates will stick around the longest and be the highest performers. Additional custom traits are available upon request at no additional cost.
Traits of reliable retail employees
The following traits are proven predictors of job performance and turnover for retail employees according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and decades of psychology research. The Optimize Hire Retail Pre-Employment Tests can assess any combination of these traits and others that are specific to your company needs.
Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations
Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks
Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude
Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical
Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations
Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace
Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job
Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations
Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done
Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges
Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks
Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles
Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job
Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction
Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems
Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems
Popular retail positions tested
Clerk, Customer Assistant, Retail Salesperson, Department Supervisor, Key Carrier, Shift Manager, Store Manager, Buyer, Display Specialist, Merchandiser, Marketing Associate, Cashier, Customer Service Representative, Help Desk Manager, Stocker, Product Specialist, Stocking Associate, Mystery Shopper
Assessing and hiring candidates is easy.
sign up and start testing
Getting started takes just a few minutes whether you're using our built-in applicant tracking system or using a third party like iCIMS. Completing the assessment takes applicants only 8-10 minutes, making it one of the shortest on the market.
rank candidates and interview
Candidates are automatically ranked by their assessment score with scores tending to follow a normal distribution. Optimize Hire also provides custom interview guides, with suggested questions straight from experts at the Wharton School based on each candidate's specific answers. This will help you probe your candidates’ specific strengths and weaknesses to see if they're truly a good fit for your company.
Hire productive, happy employees
Check out our validation studies to see the incredible results our clients have had using the Optimize Hire Retail Pre-Employment Tests. If that doesn't convince you, we'll do a validation study just for your company, too.
To learn what we can do for you, give us a call at 800.330.2020.