Work samples, in the strictest sense, are hands-on performance tests or simulations of the job, which are used to estimate current or predict future performance on similar tasks. Uses of work samples include the following:

  • Selection. Work samples can be used to decide which applicants to hire. This is the most typical use of work samples.
  • Performance measurement and evaluation. Work samples are sometimes used to estimate an individual’s current level of job performance when other measures are unavailable. This is discussed at greater length in a following section.
  • Vocational assessment of workers with disabilities. Work samples are commonly used to determine whether applicants with disabilities can perform the duties required on different types of jobs. These types of work samples are used to provide career counseling and ...
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