To learn more about post-offer work simulation in Minnesota, call MN Occupational Health at 651-968-5300.

Evaluating the suitability of candidates for a particular job involves evaluating their attributes and abilities such as his or her education level, skill set and experience. Work simulation involves assessing whether a candidate’s physical abilities are suitable for the essential physical demands of a job.

Many similar jobs have different physical requirements that may vary from workplace to workplace or industry to industry so a Job Task Analysis will identify those variations between different employers or facilities for similar jobs. For example, a job may require an employee to be able to lift a certain amount of weight from one height to another or to climb ladders or steps, etc.. That is why, instead of relying on pre-set general requirements it is important to perform a thorough Job Task Analysis (JTA) in order to determine the essential functional requirements for the job with the tools and infrastructure they will be using on a regular basis.

Documenting and testing process

After the essential functional requirements of the job have been determined, they will be added to the job description and used for preliminary applicant post-offer employment screening. All applicants should be instructed to declare in writing if they are able to meet these functional requirements and that they will be evaluated for their ability to meet the particular physical demands for the job with our without accommodations.

Ensuring an impartial and discrimination-free evaluation process

To ensure a fair evaluation process, the human performance evaluations for an applicant must be conducted either after making an offer of employment.