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 Safety Profile (WSP) is a risk assessment that assesses a person’s attitude towards safety and risk-taking behavior. This assessment is particularly useful in roles that require strict adherence to safety guidelines in order to keep themselves and their colleagues safe at work. This assessment can help to reduce the risk of safety incidents and help companies build a pro-safety workplace culture. 

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Source: U.S. Department of Labor


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