LinkedIn is a great way to network, meet potential employers, and stand out among a crowd of candidates when looking for a job. It’s important to put your best foot forward on this career-focused social media platform. LinkedIn Skill Assessments are a great way to make a good impression.
If you have a particular skill that you’re trying to showcase, like coding languages or using specific software, proving to others that you know how to work around them can put you above the rest. LinkedIn Skills Assessments allow you to show proof of your skill knowledge. In this article, we will explain what these assessments are, as well as how to pass them and use them in your profile.
What are LinkedIn Skill Assessments?
On your LinkedIn profile, the Skills section allows you to write down your best soft or hard skill sets. Soft skills are characteristics that are difficult to measure accurately, but which make you a good employee – skills such as communication, organization and problem solving. In contrast, hard skills are abilities that can be measured. Consider skills such as using Office applications, programming, or driving a forklift.
Once you’ve listed certain skills, other people can recommend them to you as well.
The quiz itself has 15 multiple-choice questions, and each question is timed. Once completed, if you place in the top 30% of people who took the quiz, you can earn a badge to display on your profile. This can be seen by anyone who views your profile if you choose to display it.
If you don’t pass the skills assessment, don’t worry; you will be able to retake any skills assessment one more time. This can be a great opportunity to brush up on your knowledge. Your specific results will also not be shown to anyone else.
How to Pass LinkedIn Skills Assessments
Taking a skills assessment is easy, free, and you can get your results as soon as you complete the quiz. You can take them directly into LinkedIn, by following these steps:
- Click on your profile picture in the upper right corner and select See profile.
- Scroll to Skills section of your profile. At the top right, select the button that says Take the skills quiz.
- If you know what you want to take an assessment on, you can search for it in the box at the top right. Or, you can look through the Industry knowledge Where Tools and technology sections.
- After you find the topic, click on it to go to its rating page.
- You can see the specific details of the assessment here, along with the rules for passing it. At the bottom there are buttons for either Practice Where To start up the evaluation.
- If you want to see what the quiz looks like and get ready, select Practice. Here you can try two questions without affecting your score and check your answers afterwards.
- To take the quiz itself, select To start up. You can also start the quiz right after doing the practice quiz.
- Keep in mind that if you quit the quiz at any time, you will lose all your progress and will have to start over.
Whether or not you pass the Linkedin assessments, you don’t need to share your results if you don’t want to. Below we will describe what you should do in each case to best improve your LinkedIn profile.
What to do if you don’t succeed
If you’re not in the top 30%, LinkedIn will let you know that they’ve unlocked Linkedin Learning courses for you in that specific skill. These can be good ways to brush up on your knowledge and will be available for 24 hours after they start. However, you can also go to YouTube or train yourself in your specific skill.
Once you feel you are more in control, you can go back to LinkedIn and access the Skills Assessments page again.
- On the right side of the screen, you will see a sidebar titled Your reviews which lists both the number of badges you’ve earned as well as the number of reviews you need to retake. Click on the To resume number for quick access to skills assessments.
- Find the skill you want to take a quiz on and click on the To resume button on the right side.
- At the bottom of the page, select To start up.
It is best to wait a while until you are sure you have a good understanding of your skills to retake the quiz. Also, if you are unsure of an answer to a question, the best and fastest method of guessing a correct answer is to use the process of elimination.
What to do if you succeed
If you scored in the top 30%, congratulations! You will earn a competency badge through LinkedIn. Next to the text that says “Show your badge on your profile and in recruiter searches”, make sure the switch is on. This way your profile and especially the Skills section will look much more impressive.
Plus, when recruiters search for candidates on LinkedIn, if they’ve enabled a filter to look for people who have passed specific skills assessments, you’ll be sure to show up!
If you scroll down the page, you can select the Show the results to create a post that you earned a badge in that skill. You don’t need to do this, as the badge will be displayed on your profile anyway. However, if you want your results to stand out, it can’t hurt to talk about them.
Make a Great Impression with LinkedIn Skills Assessments
These quizzes are a great way to prove your mastery of your skills to potential recruiters and other people you network with. Assessments are free and even if you fail, they won’t hurt your profile.
Have you found LinkedIn Skill Assessments helpful in your job search? Let us know in the comments.