Before you start assessing candidates through Alva, it's important to decide what to look for. This is what you do when you select a test profile. Here, you decide on the personality traits and level of logical ability that are desired for the role in question.

Where do I find the test profiles to choose from?

You select your test profile on the position settings page, in the section Test Assessment. Here, you can choose between a number of profiles that Alva has created for you. We call these our default profiles. They're all based on published research on what predicts performance in different broad role families.

How do I identify the best test profile for the job position?

We recommend that you base your profile choice on the broad role family that your job position belongs to: sales, customer service roles, operational leadership roles, etc. Alva's tests help you evaluate broad characteristics - so profiles will not differ depending on e.g. if you're looking for a B2B sales person or a B2C sales person. You can read all about the different default profiles HERE.

What if I'm not sure about what to pick?

If you're unsure, you can never go wrong with the profile called Generic High Performer. This profile will evaluate candidates based on logical ability and conscientiousness - the two characteristics that have turned out to be important in almost any job role. The profile will help you look for a goal-oriented doer, who will get up to speed quickly and is able to solve problems efficiently.

Also, remember that you can always change test profiles later if you realize that there's a better option available. This will impact the candidates' role fit, but the basic test results are always the same.

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Is there any other way to select test profiles?

We recommend that you start by using Alva's default profiles when you're new to Alva. If you don't find what you're looking for, you can also create a test profile based on job titles with Alva's test profile generator. Read more about that option HERE.

Want to learn more about Alva's science-based profiles? You will find much more information HERE.

You can also take a short quiz to help you find the right test profile to evaluate your candidates HERE!

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