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Computer Systems Software Developer
Computer Systems Software Developer
Job-Specific Whole-Person Assessment

Computer Systems Software Developer

Research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific, and general computing applications. Set operational specifications and formulate and analyze software requirements. May design embedded systems software. Apply principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Interacting With Computers - program computers for electronic engineering applications
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - resolve engineering or science problems
  • Modify existing software to correct errors, to adapt it to new hardware, or to upgrade interfaces and improve performance.
  • Monitor functioning of equipment to ensure system operates in conformance with specifications.
  • Thinking Creatively - design computer hardware or software interface
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - use computer networking technology
  • Develop or direct software system testing or validation procedures.
  • Direct software programming and development of documentation.

About the test

The HR Avatar Computer Systems 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 Systems 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
  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:15-1133.00
Simulation Context:Information Technology
O*Net Context:Computer and Mathematical
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%:
$64,650 or less
Bottom 25%:
$83,270 or less
$106,860 (Average)
Top 25%:
$133,970 or more
Top 10%:
$163,220 or more

US Employment Statistics
2024 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:10,790

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Telecommunications
  • Design
  • English Language
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Communications and Media
Top Skills
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Speaking
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Mathematics
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Social Perceptiveness
Top Abilities
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Written Comprehension
  • Oral Expression
  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Written Expression
  • 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
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: Applications Analyst, Automation Engineer, Beta Tester, Certified Novell Engineer (CNE), Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE), Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), Computer Architect, Computer Engineer, Computer Systems Engineer, Computer Systems Software Architect, Computer Systems Software Engineer, Configuration Manager, Developer, E-Business Manager, Embedded Systems Software Developer, Engineer, System Electronic Data Processing (Engineer, System EDP), Enterprise Architect, Enterprise Systems Engineer, Firmware Engineer, Graphic Engineer, Information Architect, Information Technology Analyst (IT Analyst), Information Technology Consultant (IT Consultant), Infrastructure Engineer, Mainframe Systems Programmer, Network Engineer, Networking Engineer, Operating System Designer, Operating Systems Specialist, Publishing Systems Analyst, Senior Software Engineer, Server Engineer, Software Architect, Software Design Engineer, Software Developer, Software Development Engineer, Software Engineer, Software Engineering Systems Information Technology Specialist, Software Systems Engineer, Solution Architect, Supplier Quality Engineer, System Engineer, Systems Analyst, Systems Analyst Engineer, Systems Coordinator, Systems Engineer, Systems Integration Engineer, Systems Software Designer, Systems Software Engineer, Systems Software Quality Assurance Specialist, Systems Software Specialist, Systems Support Engineer, Technical Support Engineer, Test Engineer, Usability Engineer, Wide Area Network Engineer (WAN Engineer)

Related Jobs based on Skills & Abilities: Computer Systems Analysts, Computer Systems Engineers/Architects, Database Administrators, Software Developers, Applications, Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers, Computer Network Architects, Computer Programmers, Web Developers, Information Security Analysts, Geographic Information Systems Technicians, Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists, Computer Hardware Engineers, Logistics Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Web Administrators, Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists, Validation Engineers

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Activities performed during the Test
  • Review and analyze functional requirements.
  • Recall scheduling problems that affect the office network.
  • Optimize infrastructure strategy for phones and network.
  • Calculate product defect rate.
  • Write a short essay.
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