Pre-employment assessments

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What to expect in your pre-employment assessment

If you’ve been offered a new job, your employer may refer you to APM for an assessment

Our pre-employment assessments are designed to ensure your health and safety at work and prevent potential injuries.

If you have a pre-existing condition, a pre-employment assessment will also help an employer or recruiter make recommendations for a suitable job.

It may include parts of a functional assessment to check your capabilities with any physical requirements of a job, such as heavy lifting, moving objects or long periods of standing or sitting.

Depending on the role, your pre-employment assessment may require physical activity so you will need to wear comfortable clothes.

Usually these assessments take up to one hour but may vary in length depending on the job requirements.

Please also remember to check with your employer or recruiter where your pre-employment assessment is taking place.

If you have questions about APM’s pre-employment assessments, get in touch today.

What happens in my assessment?

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Parts of your pre-employment assessment will depend on the job you are starting

Our assessors will work with your employer or recruiter to make sure you are given an accurate assessment.

Your assessment will be designed to replicate the physical demands of the activities you will be expected to carry out at work.

Basic parts of a pre-employment assessment often include:

  • A questionnaire about your medical history
  • Recording your height, weight and blood pressure
  • A vision test
  • A grip strength test
  • A test to check your movement and physical function

You may also be required to have a drug and alcohol test.

We work with your employer or recruitment agency to make sure you have the information you need to complete your assessment. Check with your employer, or recruitment agent, if there are any specific requirements.

Get in touch with us if you have any concerns about your pre-employment assessment.

If you become injured at work

When you're referred to us, our expert teams make sure you will be safe and supported in the job you’re preparing to start

Our goal is to make sure you make the best possible start in your new job. Pre-employment assessments are one of the services we offer organisations across the country.

Following your pre-employment assessment, if you experience an injury at work we can help you recover and get back to work as soon as possible.

We are New Zealand’s largest vocational rehabilitation provider.

We work with you, your employer, your ACC case manager and any health professionals to make sure your safety and wellbeing is everyone's priority.

Research shows that getting back to your job as soon as possible can help speed up the recovery time for an injury, and save on injury-related expenses.

We may also be able to help you get more workplace support if you're unable to work at the same level due to your injury.

If you become injured, speak to your ACC case manager and employer about requesting APM’s vocational rehabilitation services.

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