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Computer Applications Software Developer
Job-Specific Whole-Person Assessment

Computer Applications Software Developer

Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Interacting With Computers - program computers for electronic engineering applications
  • Modify existing software to correct errors, allow it to adapt to new hardware, or to improve its performance.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - resolve engineering or science problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - use computer networking technology
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Analyze user needs and software requirements to determine feasibility of design within time and cost constraints.
  • Getting Information - read blueprints
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

About the test

The HR Avatar Computer Applications Software Developer 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 Computer Applications Software Developer 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. This test also contains an automatically-scored essay component. Writing is a key skill for many jobs and also demonstrates the ability to generate, organize, and communicate relevant ideas effectively.

The specific attributes measured include:

Cognitive Ability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Multitasking
  Knowledge and Skills
  • Writing
  • 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
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:15-1132.00
Simulation Context:Information Technology
O*Net Context:Computer and Mathematical
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%:
$59,870 or less
Bottom 25%:
$77,710 or less
$101,790 (Average)
Top 25%:
$128,960 or more
Top 10%:
$160,100 or more

US Employment Statistics
2026 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:85,700

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Design
  • Customer and Personal Service
Top Skills
  • Programming
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Systems Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Critical Thinking
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Speaking
Top Abilities
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Near Vision
  • Information Ordering
  • Oral Expression
  • Fluency of Ideas
  • Category Flexibility
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:
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.

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Activities performed during the Test
  • Interpret and report functional requirements.
  • Accurately communicate the maintenance schedule to employees.
  • Optimize infrastructure strategy for phones and network.
  • Calculate product defect rate.
  • Respond to a customer inquiry.
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