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Cost Estimator
Cost Estimator
Job-Specific Whole-Person Assessment

Cost Estimator

Prepare cost estimates for product manufacturing, construction projects, or services to aid management in bidding on or determining price of product or service. May specialize according to particular service performed or type of product manufactured.

About the test

The HR Avatar Cost Estimator 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 Cost Estimator 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:13-1051.00
Simulation Context:Lower-Level Business Finance
O*Net Context:Business and Financial Operations
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%:
$35,870 or less
Bottom 25%:
$47,330 or less
$61,790 (Average)
Top 25%:
$80,570 or more
Top 10%:
$103,250 or more

US Employment Statistics
2024 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:7,950

Top Skills
  • Mathematics
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Critical Thinking
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Systems Analysis
Top Abilities
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Number Facility
  • Oral Expression
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Written Comprehension
  • Written Expression
Education Requirements
High School Diploma:
Post-Secondary Certificate:
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
6 Months - 1 Year:
1 - 2 Years:
2 - 4 Years:
4 - 6 Years:
6 - 8 Years:
8 - 10 Years:
More than 10 Years:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role whose related work experience before they entered this position falls into each category.

Alternate Titles for this Role: Acquisition Cost Estimator, Building Construction Estimator, Building Estimator, Chief Estimator, Construction Estimator, Construction Job Cost Estimator, Contract Analyst, Cost Analyst, Cost and Risk Analysis Manager, Cost Consultant, Cost Engineer, Cost Estimator, Cost Recovery Technician, Crating and Moving Estimator, Electrical Estimator, Estimator, Estimator Project Manager, Investment Recovery Technician, Job Cost Estimator, Job Estimator, Preconstruction Manager, Procurement Technician, Production Cost Estimator, Project Estimator, Quantity Surveyor, Service Advisor

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Read the Reviews
"Amazing Service and Spot-On Testing"
"The value received far exceeds the price"
"Truly takes out the guess work"
"Hiring managers can easily understand the reports"

Activities performed during the Test
  • Accurately calculate a client insurance premium.
  • Determine customer eligibility using claims processing guidelines.
  • Perform a cost analysis to determine whether to purchase or lease equipment.
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