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Clerk - Payroll and Timekeeping
Clerk - Payroll and Timekeeping
Job-Specific Whole-Person Assessment

Clerk - Payroll and Timekeeping

Compile and record employee time and payroll data. May compute employees' time worked, production, and commission. May compute and post wages and deductions, or prepare paychecks.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Process and issue employee paychecks and statements of earnings and deductions.
  • Compute wages and deductions, and enter data into computers.
  • Review time sheets, work charts, wage computation, and other information to detect and reconcile payroll discrepancies.
  • Compile employee time, production, and payroll data from time sheets and other records.
  • Process paperwork for new employees and enter employee information into the payroll system.
  • Getting Information
  • Distribute and collect timecards each pay period.
  • Keep informed about changes in tax and deduction laws that apply to the payroll process.

About the test

The HR Avatar Clerk - Payroll and Timekeeping Pre-Employment Assessment was designed to help you hire staff in this role. The test provides a whole-person evaluation by measuring job-relevant cognitive ability, personality, knowledge, skills, and relevant behavioral history. Each component provides important data for hiring decisions. Cognitive ability has been linked to overall job performance in most jobs and correlates with a candidate's ability to learn new skills and to solve complex problems. Personality characteristics determine how well the candidate will fit-in with a corporate culture. Knowledge and skills indicate how much training will be needed before a new employee becomes productive. Finally, relevant behavioral history detects counter-productive behaviors that can impact job performance.

The Clerk - Payroll and Timekeeping test includes an animated work simulation in which candidates meet customers, colleagues and supervisors in a job-related context. Post-test surveys indicate the majority of candidates react favorably to these simulations.

The specific attributes measured include:

Cognitive Ability
  • Attention to Detail
  Knowledge and Skills
  • Data Entry
  • Typing Speed & Accuracy
  • Adaptable
  • Competitive
  • Corporate Citizenship
  • Develops Relationships
  • Enjoys Problem-Solving
  • Exhibits a Positive Work Attitude
  • Needs Structure
  • Seeks Perfection
  Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure

Following completion, the test produces a Candidate Selection Report that includes an overall score and detailed scores for each attribute. The overall score weighs each of the factors based on research and analysis from the U.S. Government's Occupational Information Network (O*Net). O*Net represents over a decade of dedicated research evaluating the relative importance of various factors that lead to success in almost 1,000 different job roles.

The Candidate Selection Report also provides expert interview questions that help you probe critical or low-scoring areas, along with a guide for noting your evaluation of the candidate's responses. Consistent use of an interview guide is an important part of gaining better candidate insights and making better hiring decisions.

Language:English (US)
Time to Complete:40 Minutes (Approximately)
O*Net SOC Code:43-3051.00
Simulation Context:Lower-Level Administrative
O*Net Context:Office and Administrative Support
Price:40 Credits (Add 5 Credits for Online Proctoring if Used)
Note:This test contains questions that are difficult to complete on small screens. A large screen device, such as a laptop, desktop, or tablet is recommended. Test-takers using small devices will be advised to optionally change to a larger screen device.
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2017)
Bottom 10%:
$28,130 or less
Bottom 25%:
$35,160 or less
$43,890 (Average)
Top 25%:
$53,350 or more
Top 10%:
$63,180 or more

Hourly US Wages (2017)
Bottom 10%:
$13.53 or less
Bottom 25%:
$16.90 or less
$21.10 (Average)
Top 25%:
$25.65 or more
Top 10%:
$30.38 or more

US Employment Statistics
2026 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:16,100

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Clerical
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Public Safety and Security
Top Skills
  • Active Listening
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
  • Time Management
  • Monitoring
Top Abilities
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Near Vision
  • Written Comprehension
  • Oral Expression
  • Written Expression
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Speech Clarity
  • Speech Recognition
Education Requirements
High School Diploma:
Post-Secondary Certificate:
Some College:
Associate's Degree (2 yr):
Bachelor's Degree:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role who have their highest education in each category.
Related Work Experience Requirements
Less than 1 Month:
1 - 3 Months:
6 Months - 1 Year:
1 - 2 Years:
2 - 4 Years:
4 - 6 Years:
More than 10 Years:
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Activities performed during the Test
  • Check for errors in a letter before it is sent.
  • Analyze expense reports for areas that do not fall within company guidelines.
  • Analyze travel authorization requests for discrepancies.
  • Communicate a changed schedule to employees.
  • Sign an employee up for a benefit program.
  • Type passages to measure typing speed and accuracy.
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