"Pre-employment testing [is] not accessible when it is shown in written English for individuals who communicate using American Sign Language."
— A PEAT Survey Participant
In today's job market, employers are increasingly using online tools to conduct pre-employment testing. Such tools are used to screen job applicants and can include testing of professional knowledge, cognitive ability, career skills, personality traits, soft skills, language proficiency, and more.
PEAT's national survey of people with disabilities confirmed the popularity of these tools, with 67% of respondents indicating they have been asked to complete pre-employment assessments or tests for a job opportunity. But of those, 22% were unable to complete testing, and 19% required assistance.
While pre-employment tests can help employers cost-effectively narrow the field of potential job candidates, some feel that these tests can be used to inadvertently screen out some people with disabilities.
Our point? Such tests should be accessible to all users and provide every job candidate with a fair shot.
In addition, a growing number of companies are conducting job interviews over the Internet, often through videoconferencing. However, while considered both personal and cost-effective, digital interviews can also pose accessibility challenges.
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