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Preparation for In-Tray Exercises

Practise In-Tray Exercises online to learn the fundamental concepts that will guide you at the assessment centre.
In-Tray Practice

Practice in-tray and e-tray concepts online. Learn about tasks prioritization and decision making.

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What is an In-Tray Exercise?

An In-Tray test is used by assessors to evaluate additional skills which cannot be measured through ordinary aptitude tests. Its main objective is to assess managerial abilities, prioritisation, problem solving, and time management skills.

In-tray exercises simulate real-life workplace situations. You are asked to take the role of one of the employees in a fictitious company. You are provided with documents portraying the company's profile and given different tasks simulating a typical work day. You might be told, for instance, that you have just returned to the office after a week's absence and must go through e-mails and memos, return phone calls and complete multiple tasks.

Your position is almost always managerial in nature (e.g., marketing manager or senior line manager), although in some instances it could be of much higher rankings, such as vice president and CEO. You will be provided with the company's business profile and an organisational chart. A series of documents, newspaper articles and research abstracts might provide additional information about the company and your areas of responsibility. Documents such as memos, e-mails, faxes and minutes from previous meetings will require your attention, and you will have to answer questions on the basis of their contents. You might be asked to rank each document by its relative urgency and suggest the proper way to handle it.

The In-Tray exercise is usually administered at the assessment centre and is generally administered on a computer under tight time constraints. Click here for some examples and relevant tips for the In-Tray exercise.

What skills are measured?

This unique assessment measures a multitude of skills:

  • General intelligence and mental abilities.
  • Managerial skills: authority delegation, prioritisation, taking responsibility, decision making, distinguishing between important and unimportant tasks, etc.
  • Time management and efficiency.
  • Interpersonal relations.
  • Understanding of organisational culture and structure.

In-Tray versus E-Tray exercises

In an In-Tray exercise you are provided with hard copies of the documents you need to work with. Additionally, you are likely to face an assessor that will inspect your behaviour and reactions during the test.

E-Tray exercises, on the other hand, provide an online computerised simulation. As a result, the testing environment is different, as are the style of questions and tasks you are required to perform. Click here to read more about the E-Tray exercise.

What else should I expect?

Some of these exercises involve a case study analysis and a written exercise. This means you will have to analyse data that was gathered for you, extract important data and deduce accordingly. This may also require you to write a formal letter with your insights and recommendations regarding the issue.

Practise these tests with JobTestPrep

JobTestPrep offers an interactive preparation package, allowing you to actively experience In-Tray exercises, backed by theoretical reading material to offer you a comprehensive and complete preparation. Our tests can be practised under a time limit, and you can repeat each test as many times you need. At the end of each practice you will get a score report which will help you analyse your performance and improve.

JobTestPrep is committed to keeping up with the latest trends in aptitude testing, updating its practice tests and theoretical materials frequently. Therefore, we have recently added a brand NEW online In-Tray Exercise and an UPDATED guide to this practice pack including detailed explanations to each question, a suggested prioritisation of tasks and work calendar.
Learn more about our online In-Tray practice pack.

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