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Art Director
Job-Specific Whole-Person Assessment

Art Director

Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media, such as print, broadcasting, and advertising. Direct workers engaged in art work or layout design.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Thinking Creatively - use creativity in graphics
  • Interacting With Computers - use computer graphics design software
  • Formulate basic layout design or presentation approach and specify material details, such as style and size of type, photographs, graphics, animation, video, and sound.
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Manage own accounts and projects, working within budget and scheduling requirements.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - organize commercial artistic or design projects
  • Confer with creative, art, copywriting, or production department heads to discuss client requirements and presentation concepts and to coordinate creative activities.

About the test

The HR Avatar Art Director 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 Art Director 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
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Multitasking
  Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure
  • Adaptable
  • Competitive
  • Corporate Citizenship
  • Develops Relationships
  • Enjoys Problem-Solving
  • Exhibits a Positive Work Attitude
  • Expressive and Outgoing
  • Innovative and Creative
  • Needs Structure
  • Seeks Perfection
  Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Self-Awareness
  • Emotional Self-Control
  • Empathy

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:27-1011.00
Simulation Context:Medium-Level General Business/Office
O*Net Context:Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media
Price:40 Credits ($40 USD)
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 (2016)
Bottom 10%:
$48,660 or less
Bottom 25%:
$64,570 or less
$89,820 (Average)
Top 25%:
$124,260 or more
Top 10%:
$166,400 or more

US Employment Statistics
2024 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:1,580

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Sales and Marketing
  • English Language
  • Communications and Media
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Design
  • Fine Arts
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Administration and Management
Top Skills
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Time Management
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Coordination
Top Abilities
  • Fluency of Ideas
  • Originality
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Written Comprehension
  • Oral Expression
  • Near Vision
  • Speech Clarity
  • Information Ordering
Education Requirements
Associate's Degree (2 yr):
Bachelor's Degree:
Master's Degree:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role who have their highest education in each category.
Related Work Experience Requirements
1 - 2 Years:
2 - 4 Years:
4 - 6 Years:
6 - 8 Years:
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Alternate Titles for this Role: Art Coordinator, Art Department Head, Art Director, Art Supervisor, Artistic Director, Arts Administrator, Arts Manager, Associate Creative Director ACD Art Director, Creative Director, Creative Guru, Creative Manager, Creative Services Coordinator, Creative Services Designer, Creative Services Director, Creative Services Manager, Creative/Art Director, Design Director, Designer, Director Design, Director of Creative Services, Consumer Products, Director of Operations and Creative Services, Exec. Creative Director, Freelance Art Director, Group Art Supervisor, Interactive Art Director, Magazine Designer, Presentation Specialist, Product Designer, Production Coordinator, Production Manager, Senior Art Director, Senior Designer/Art Director

Related Jobs based on Skills & Abilities: Advertising and Promotions Managers, Graphic Designers, Multimedia Artists and Animators, Producers, Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio, Copy Writers, Program Directors, Film and Video Editors, Interior Designers, Fashion Designers, Editors, Curators, Commercial and Industrial Designers, Landscape Architects, Talent Directors, Architects, Except Landscape and Naval, Music Composers and Arrangers, Technical Directors/Managers, Public Relations Specialists, Reporters and Correspondents

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Activities performed during the Test
  • Review and summarize customer product feedback emails.
  • Calculate a product defect rate.
  • Make a product purchase recommendation.
  • Optimize infrastructure strategy for phone lines.
  • Respond to a customer inquiry.
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