Lost in the myriad of testing options these days are the tests that we had to endure starting in second grade. It's the simple spelling test. Or the grammar test. The tests that measure the core of our communication skills.
Sure, your team can talk a good game. They can present ideas in person with the best of them. Make catchy infographics with cute phrases or industry jargon. They can likely tweet/post/like with the best of them. Google this and google that. And they even know how to use the latest software tools. But can they all write a cohesive report or letter to internal staff, with proper grammar and spelling?
It's embarassing to see internal company communications exhibit poor written language skills. Embarassing for the sender and also for the readers. It's horrifying to watch that same lack of skills be evident in communications with customers or prospects. Can't anyone proofread anymore? And even if they do proofread, would the mistakes even be caught?
Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit.com says in this post that he won't hire people who have poor grammar skills. His reasoning is that much of work today, particularly in his business (online repair manuals), involves written communications, including blog posts, Facebook and customer emails. And like it or not, "people judge you if you can't tell the difference between their, there, and they're". In today's digital age, we're all writers so that skill set is critical.
What can be done? As expected, we have grammar tests and spelling tests, as well as a comprehensive business language test that measures grammar, spelling and punctuation. These are not like the grade school tests you used to take but instead are designed to be used with job applicants and will give you a thorough understanding of their grammar and spelling skills. Let us know if you want to sample those or any other employment skills tests we offer.