Clerk - Payroll and Timekeeping

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 - Payroll and Timekeeping (Short)

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 (Full Version)

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
  • 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:43-3051.00
Simulation Context:Lower-Level Administrative
O*Net Context:Office and Administrative Support
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2020)
Bottom 10%:
$30,950 or less
Bottom 25%:
$37,720 or less
$47,020 (Average)
Top 25%:
$58,000 or more
Top 10%:
$67,600 or more

Hourly US Wages (2020)
Bottom 10%:
$14.88 or less
Bottom 25%:
$18.14 or less
$22.61 (Average)
Top 25%:
$27.88 or more
Top 10%:
$32.50 or more

US Employment Statistics
2030 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:11,400

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:
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: Accounting Assistant, Accounting Technician, Attendance Clerk, Bonus Clerk, Checkman, Commission Clerk, Flight Crew Scheduler, Flight Crew Time Clerk, Human Resources Administrative Assistant (HR Administrative Assistant), Human Resources Assistant (HR Assistant), Paymaster, Payroll Administrator, Payroll Analyst, Payroll and Benefits Specialist, Payroll Assistant, Payroll Associate, Payroll Bookkeeper, Payroll Clerk, Payroll Coordinator, Payroll Officer, Payroll Processor, Payroll Representative, Payroll Secretary, Payroll Specialist, Payroll Technician, Personnel and Payroll Technician, Personnel Assistant, Personnel Clerk, Personnel Scheduler, Personnel Technician, Piece Work Checker, Sign Out Clerk, Time and Attendance Clerk, Time Checker, Time Clerk, Time Recorder, Timekeeper, Wanigan Clerk

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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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