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How to Ace Your Job Assessment Test

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Employment | 0 comments

If you are applying for a job and have been asked to take an employment test, do not be afraid. Employment tests are there for both employer and employee. In the employer’s side, it gives a sense of security to know that you are actually capable of doing the job. In your side, it avoids the frustration of being in a job where you cannot perform well, maybe because of the lack of particular skills that are required for it, the lack of physical attributes that will make it too exhausting, or anything else.

But what if you are sure that you are really capable of doing the job? The employment tests are one of the things you need to overcome to finally get that position. Below is a list of tips you can follow to ace your job assessment test.

Know Your Stuff

Employment tests usually come after interviews. So even before the interview, you should already be prepared in the possibility of such tests. Review the necessary things you need to know about the job. It is also ideal to at least have a general idea of the whole company you are applying to.

Some tests are also not directly related to the job but are more general, like tests regarding grammar, literacy, and personality. The internet has an abundance of these tests. You can check them out so you can know what to expect.

Prepare Physically and Mentally

No matter how knowledgeable you are, taking tests can be hard if you are physically tired. Make sure to get enough rest even before the interview. Being energetic can also give a good first impression to your employer. It signals that you are assertive and confident.

You should also be mentally ready to take the job assessment test to prevent unnecessary inconveniences like mental blocks and unwarranted fears. These can affect your overall performance.

Know the Details

Though assessment tests can be given in the company premises, there are instances where these tests are given in a different place and a different time. The important thing is to know the basic details of the test, so you can actually show up. Know the date, time, and place where the test will be taken, and be there on time.

Once you are there, read the instructions carefully, because the last impression you want to give to your employer is that you do not know how to follow basic rules and instructions.Test results can also be considered void if they do not follow the instructions, and maybe your entire application is just as unlucky.

Don’t be Afraid to Ask

If there is something you do not understand, be assertive enough to ask. Asking is not a sign of incompetence. If anything, it is a sign that you are taking your assessment tests seriously.

Even after the tests, do not be afraid to ask your employer how well you did. There may be negative feedbacks, but don’t be discouraged. At least you get information on how you can improve yourself. Asking for feedback is also a good way to show your employer that you are committed to the application process.

For sure, there are other applicants out there. So even if you pass the test, you may end up not getting the job. Those little impressions you give to your employer, like your assertiveness, confidence, and commitment to the application process, might be the things you need to have an edge over the others.

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Legal Issues about Severance Agreements

Posted by on Aug 10, 2014 in Employment | 1 comment

All states in the U.S. except for Montana are at-will employment states. At-will employment means that the employer has the right to terminate the employment of a worker without being required to show just cause. Some states do recognize exemptions, specifically the public policy, implied contract, and covenant of good faith, so it would be in the best interests of employees to know if their termination falls under these exemptions.

At any rate, when a termination satisfies the state’s at-will employment policies, employers are under no obligation to provide severance pay unless it is specifically stated or implied in an employment contract, company rules, or employee’s handbook. For example, when a worker is laid off, he or she is entitled to receive compensation for work rendered as well as any paid leaves (with the exception of sick days) still remaining, but nothing else.

Severance pay is a certain amount that the employer may give an employee that has been terminated. In some companies, a severance agreement may be offered upon being let go which can be something like a week’s pay for every year of service, and most employees would be happy to sign. However, this can present problems for some employees that may not know what rights they are waiving by signing.

Some employers may offer severance pay with sincere intentions of helping the laid-off worker to some extent, but in most cases employers ask terminated employees to sign a severance agreement to avoid litigation. Most severance agreements include conditions which can severely limit the legal options of an employee to redress grievances, such as the right to sue the employer for any reason.

Furthermore, in some states such as New York there may be laws that bar employees from receiving unemployment benefits if they are receiving severance pay in excess of a certain amount. If you are a New Yorker, consult with a New York City employment lawyer to look over your severance agreement as well as advise you about the pros and cons of signing.

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