Construction Workers

Pre-Employment Tests For Construction Workers

Top Skills and Abilities:

  • Active Listening
  • Coordination
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Static Strength
  • Multilimb Coordination

Top 3 Tasks:

  • Clean or prepare construction sites to eliminate possible hazards
  • Signal equipment operators to facilitate alignment, movement, or adjustment of machinery, equipment, or materials
  • Load, unload, or identify building materials, machinery, or tools, distributing them to the appropriate locations, according to project plans or specifications


Construction workers or laborers perform the physical labor involved in the construction of buildings and roadways, tunnel and shaft excavations, and demolition sites. They may be required to operate both large and small power tools including nail guns, power drills, jackhammers, cement mixers, mechanical hoists, and excavation equipment. They also may prepare and clean job sites by digging trenches, building scaffolding, and removing debris and hazardous materials. They perform physically demanding labor in a variety of locations under all sorts of weather conditions. Generally, construction laborers gain knowledge of their work through on-the-job experience and training, so formal educational experience is not normally a prerequisite for the position. (Read our whitepaper to learn how testing can help close the skills gap by identifying potential.)


Physical strength and dexterity are major requirements for the job, but there are other important traits to look for in construction workers when hiring. The position has one of the highest rates of injury for all occupations, so it is imperative that workers follow rules and safety procedures on the job.

Assessments for Construction Workers

The Workplace Productivity Profile (WPP) is a behavioral risk assessment that examines how reliable, productive, honest, and dependable applicants are, in addition to their attitudes toward rule adherence and counterproductive workplace behavior. These behaviors include rule-breaking, fraud, absenteeism, time-wasting, and workplace theft. This test can help mitigate risk by reducing the likelihood of harmful work behaviors that can be liabilities to safety and productivity.

If construction laborers are going to be working with heavy machinery, equipment, or tools, it may also be appropriate to administer the Wiesen Test of Mechanical Aptitude (WTMA). This is a test that assesses a candidate’s aptitude for learning and working with machinery, tools, and equipment. Both tests are also available in English and Spanish.

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Source: U.S. Department of Labor


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