Clerk - File

Job-Specific Whole-Person Assessment (Test)

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Candidates typically need about 45 minutes to complete our full-length job-specific assessments. Our short versions take less than half that time. Like our standard assessments, these tests are based on the U.S. Government Occupational Information Network (O*Net). They do not contain the animated simulation module, however, though they still provide valuable information about all critical performance-related dimensions. Additionally, the short versions optionally include 1-2 virtual video interview questions! Click below for more information:

Clerk - File (Short)

Clerk - File

File correspondence, cards, invoices, receipts, and other records in alphabetical or numerical order or according to the filing system used. Locate and remove material from file when requested.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Scan or read incoming materials to determine how and where they should be classified or filed.
  • Input data, such as file numbers, new or updated information, or document information codes into computer systems to support document and information retrieval.
  • Perform general office activities, such as typing, answering telephones, operating office machines, processing mail, or securing confidential materials.
  • Sort or classify information according to guidelines, such as content, purpose, user criteria, or chronological, alphabetical, or numerical order.
  • Complete general financial activities, such as processing accounts payable, reviewing invoices, collecting cash payments, or issuing receipts.
  • Answer questions about records or files.
  • Keep records of materials filed or removed, using logbooks or computers and generate computerized reports.
  • Add new material to file records or create new records as necessary.

About the test (Full Version)

The HR Avatar Clerk - File 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 - File 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
  • Adaptability
  • Drive
  • Integrity
  • Resilience
  • Teamwork
  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:43-4071.00
Simulation Context:Lower-Level Administrative
O*Net Context:Office and Administrative Support
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2020)
Bottom 10%:
$23,520 or less
Bottom 25%:
$27,890 or less
$34,090 (Average)
Top 25%:
$41,820 or more
Top 10%:
$52,400 or more

Hourly US Wages (2020)
Bottom 10%:
$11.31 or less
Bottom 25%:
$13.41 or less
$16.39 (Average)
Top 25%:
$20.11 or more
Top 10%:
$25.19 or more

US Employment Statistics
2030 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:9,600

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Clerical
  • English Language
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Mathematics
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Administration and Management
  • Economics and Accounting
Top Skills
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Monitoring
  • Service Orientation
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Critical Thinking
  • Time Management
  • Speaking
Top Abilities
  • Information Ordering
  • Written Comprehension
  • Near Vision
  • Category Flexibility
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Oral Expression
  • Written Expression
  • Perceptual Speed
Education Requirements
No High School Diploma:
High School Diploma:
Post-Secondary Certificate:
Some College:
Associate's Degree (2 yr):
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:
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: Admissions Clerk, Blueprint Clerk, Brand Recorder, Card Filer, Claims Clerk, Classification Clerk, Clerk, Computer Aide, Computer Tape Librarian, Credit Card Clerk, Cut File Clerk, Cut Filer, Death Surveys Coder, Document Clerk, Document Coordinator, Document Scanner, Documentation Specialist, Documents Clerk, Documents Scanner, Enrollment Clerk, Enrollment Specialist, File Clerk, File Keeper, File Management Clerk, Filer, Files Clerk, Filing Clerk, Fingerprint Clerk, History Card Clerk, Imaging Clerk, Import Export Clerk, Index Clerk, Indexer, Intelligence Clerk, Invoice Coder, Kardex Clerk, Keyboarding Clerk, Line Assigner, Lister, Manufacturing Clerk, Map Clerk, Medical Records Clerk, Medical Records Coder, Morgue Keeper, Morgue Librarian, Office Assistant, Police Records Clerk, Pre Coder, Record Center Specialist, Record Clerk, Record Filing Clerk, Record Keeper, Records Analyst, Records Clerk, Records Custodian, Records Specialist, Records Technician, Support Technician, Tape Librarian

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Activities performed during the Test
  • Proofread a letter for grammatical errors.
  • Resolve problems in expense reports.
  • Highlight problem areas in travel authorization requests.
  • Communicate maintenance schedule updates to employees.
  • Register an employee for an event.

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