What is a job application assessment?
What format do they take?
How can you prepare for them?

Learn more about our HR team’s advice on how to approach these and the sort of assessments we do at ooba. (And at the bottom on the this blog, you’ll find help weblinks to other FREE media with tips and advice on this topic.)

At ooba, we don’t do a lot of technical assessments. For every role we hire, we have a competency-based assessment that all candidates will take before we make an offer-of-employment.

These assessments are online, so you can do them in the comfort of your own home at a time that works for you.

When you do an assessment, whether for ooba or any other company, find a time and space that is undisturbed so you can fully concentrate on it. Don’t do it in a rush or somewhere busy.”


At ooba, we do competency assessments as part of our selection process. These assessments test your potential for the role’s key competencies and are registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. This means they are scientifically validated and accurate.

We will also often test your learning agility. For example, how well are you able to learn new, effective behaviours and skills in the face of changing job requirements?

 Remember, competency tests aren’t affected by your mood. It’s based your personality, which is pretty much fixed by the time you are an adult.”


“At ooba, the KAS Assessment (the name for our competency based assessment) is done by every candidate applying for our insurance and sales divisions.

It’s all about trying to see your potential (in addition to your work-experience which we can see in your CV).

Everyone applying does one, but the type of test varies according to the role you’re applying for.

We’ve seen that competency tests do work when we employ people and it help us make better hiring decisions for the business (and for candidates).”