Free E-Tray Exercise
Here at AssessmentDay, we have a sample e-tray exercise you can try for practice purposes. This sample only has four emails, as compared to a typical e-tray exercise that can have many as 15 emails. Nonetheless, this sample e-tray will definitely give you an experience of how they work and how you can best approach them. E-trays act like an artifical email service, where you must respond to emails appropriately and priorise your tasks.
How do E-tray exercises work?
E-tray exercises will be done on a computer and will simulate a work place and position relevant scenario. The typical position assumed by the candidate in the e-tray exercise will be a managerial or advisor role. Candidates will be given information relevant to the exercise via emails, calendars, memos, and more. They will then be asked what the best course of action will be in a certain situation through multiple choice questions.
What is the difference between E-tray and In-tray exercises?
Both exercises are very similar in format and skills that they assess. The main difference is that an E-tray exercise will be taken on a computer, and an In-tray exercise will be completed using the hard copies provided. E-tray exercises are often a little more common in graduate level recruitment than In-tray exercises, due to the varity on offer from various test publiers. Nevertheless, given their similarity, practicing either an E-tray exercise or In-tray exercise will be helpful practice for the other.
What does an e-tray exercise assess?
E-tray exercises are much like situational judgement tests in that they assess a candidates ability to perform the necessary functions of the position applied for. These skills are not typical for other psychometric tests. We have a list here of some of these skills assessed:
- Computer literacy
- Decision making and prioritisation
- Interpersonal skills
- Managerial ability and taking responsibility
- Organisational skills
- Time management and awareness
- Understanding of organisational issues i.e. organisational culture/change
Helpful E-tray exercise advice
We give some advice and helpful approaches to make sure you are better prepared for your E-tray exercise:
1. Follow Instructions
It is important that you read what the instructions are asking from you so your properly prepared for the question. This can be especially helpful where any logical requirements are given, as making a mistake in this regard might lead you to approach the question the wrong way, thus wasting your precious time.
2. Prioritisation and Time Management:
One of the main aspects on an e-tray exercise is that some tasks require your immediate attention and there are other taks that you can do later. This means that you must pay attention to what is a priority and what is not. Therefore, time management is key. Being aware of how long a task will take you, prioritises and executing. You will have to use your judgement to assess which tasks are high priority and which are low. At times, you may be given the opportunity to have a junior member or staff complete a less pressing task as part of the exercise.
3. Research the organisation and the role:
In order to be better prepared, it is essential that you know about the organisation that you are wishing to join. Especially given that the E-tray exercise will be based on the role you are applying for, knowledge about the role will be essential, perhaps necessary. Remember, these exercises will frequently be related not just to the organisation, but to the role and to the sector.
How AssessmentDay can help
We have a practice E-tray exercise that can help with you preparation. We can give you advice on E-tray exercises used by different organisations. Practice exercises are a great way of preparing as it gives you the experience of the real thing, and can be a real confidence boost. Having seen similar questions before, you can learn from any mistakes you might make and improve your score in your actual E-tray exercise.