element-grad-cap   ABILITIES EVALUATED

  • Ability to determine funding required to complete projects in-scope and on-budget
  • Ability to allocate financial resources effectively to achieve objectives and milestones
  • Ability to monitor the use of money to update resource requirements

element-clock   QUESTION FORMAT

element-list   LANGUAGE

element-list   DIFFICULTY

WHY TEST?

An organization armed with a conscientious, mathematically-inclined employee tasked at managing a budget is well on its way to realizing continued success. Organizations, departments, events, and projects rely heavily on developing, monitoring, and strictly following budgets to ensure business operations are profitable and sustainable. Equipped with a customized budget is the first step to success – identifying and hiring an employee who can properly manage that budget guarantees the ability to stay on target, make adjustments as necessary, and find the most cost-effective solutions.

Understanding how well a job candidate organizes numerical data, calculates costs, and categorizes expenses can provide much needed insight into their budget management skills. The budget management skills test is a straightforward and effective means of predicting a candidate’s compatibility with a role that requires budget oversight, ensuring the hire of a qualified individual who will adapt quickly, meet financial goals, and reduce unnecessary expenditures.

The budget management skills test helps predict a job candidate’s ability to:

Use this budget management skills test to quickly and easily automate the screening process for entry-level or experienced candidates, including event coordinators, office managers, HR professionals, bookkeepers, marketing specialists, project managers, or any other applicable position that requires a keen eye, attention to detail, and organization in order to properly manage a budget.

EXAMPLE QUESTIONS

Sample Question #1

A project has a total budget of $240,000 for one year. Half of the budget will be used immediately to purchase materials.

What is the monthly budget after equipment is purchased?

Sample Question 2

Review your budget below:

Project Budget
Expense Budgeted Actual
Salaries $39,000 $39,000
Supplies $5,200 $5,200
Postage $300 $200
Marketing $10,000 $9,000
Utilities $2,200 $2,000
Travel $10,000 $14,000
Meeting Rooms $4,000 $5,000

 

How much is your project over budget?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The Project Management Skills: Budgeting module content was developed by the Indeed Assessment Science Team, with expertise in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Instructional Design, Education, and Graphic Design. In addition, team members worked in collaboration with subject matter experts (SMEs). Indeed’s SMEs are required to demonstrate experience performing at a high level, supervisory experience, or responsibility for defining requirements for those jobs that require project management skills.