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That Reduce Turnover

Our powerful hiring assessments help you make smart talent decisions, ultimately reducing turnover in your organization.


Step One Survey®

Hire Employees You Can Trust

Roles with high turnover and tight deadlines are hard to fill. They are costly and can sometimes lead to risky decisions. Protect your bottom line with the Step One Survey® pre-employment assessment.

This first line of protection will help you reduce turnover and allow you to filter through large numbers of applicants while identifying key tendencies to help you hire employees who are honest, reliable, and hardworking.

Step One Survey Report

What Is the Step One Survey Assessment?

The Step One Survey is a brief pre-hire assessment and screening tool that measures an individual's basic work-related values early in the candidate selection process.

What is the SOS

This assessment provides valid insight into an applicant's work ethic, reliability, integrity, propensity for substance abuse (when applicable and allowed by law), and attitudes towards theft—including the theft of property, data, and time.

In many organizations, the Step One Survey is the first step all applicants must pass before proceeding in the hiring process. By filtering candidates early in the process, this tool saves you time so you can focus on candidates that are aligned with your organization's work-related values.

Step One Survey Helps You:

  • Acquire valid insight early in a candidate's selection process
  • Measure an individual's basic work-related values
  • Assess an applicant's work ethic, reliability, and integrity
  • Reduce the risk when hiring new candidates in a quick and cost-effective way
  • Decrease employee theft and fraud, the loss of confidential information, drug test costs, absenteeism, tardiness, and lost time due to unauthorized internet, email, and computer use

How Does It Work?

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Create Performance Models

Assess for Job Fit

While pen and paper options are available, hiring managers administer the survey by sharing an online link with each candidate. *Step One Survey should not be used with active employees. It is only recommended for new employees.


Candidates Take the Assessment

Candidates take the assessment online after receiving a link from the HR administrator or hiring manager. The assessment doesn’t require monitoring, and an individual can take it from any device with internet access.

Create Performance Models

Receive Actionable Data

The system instantly scores the assessment and sends the requested reports to the hiring manager and anyone else who would like to view them. The reports will show you a one-page summary of the scales measured and a detailed report to support the interview process. The hiring manager uses these results to screen the candidate or assist in the process of interviewing, selecting, and onboarding.

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Step One Survey measures two key sections of a candidate, including past employment and attitudes regarding:


Past Employment

  • Current employment status
  • Possible start date for new role
  • Availability to work (part-time, full time, hourly)
  • Salary expectations
  • Experience with supervisory roles

Essential information regarding employment and termination history with possible follow-up interview questions.



  • Personal integrity
  • Substance abuse*
  • Reliability
  • Work Ethic

*The substance abuse portion of this assessment can be removed in compliance with state and county-specific laws.

Additional Features

  • Multiple reports at no additional cost
  • Suggested interview questions

Time to Take

Approximately 20 minutes

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