Professional Services Department

Screening Candidates Through Assessments

Mesa County Workforce Center offers applicant screening and assessments in Grand Junction, CO. Applicant screening and assessments are great ways to help make hiring and promotion decisions. We offer various assessments to choose from that apply to all different types and levels of occupations. Our experienced Professional Services staff assist you in selecting the most useful tests for the position you are filling. The additional benefit of utilizing assessments through Professional Services is that there is absolutely no cost as long as it is within the parameters of our employer testing policy (see below).

For questions and coordinating screening for candidates, contact us at [email protected] or (970) 257-2215.

IBM Kenexa Assess (Formerly Known as Prove It! )

This system allows for measuring over 900 modules, including typing, data entry, office skills, software skills, and more!

WorkKeys Foundational Assessments by ACT

Unlock the power of your workforce with the WorkKeys employee selection and development system. WorkKeys assessments give you reliable, relevant information about your employees’ and applicants’ skill levels. When you compare this information with the skill benchmarks required for your jobs, you are able to make solid decisions about your workforce. WorkKeys provides a comprehensive system to refine your applicant pool, match candidates to jobs, and identify skill gaps that hinder productivity. Six Foundational Skills assessments are available: Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, Workplace Documents, Applied Technology, Business Writing, and Workplace Observation.

*Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents can earn test takers a certificate verifying the level of foundational skills they possess. Certificates are a part of our Work Ready Community initiative. 

WorkKeys Personal Skills Assessments by ACT

High productivity and performance are essential to maintaining the edge in today’s competitive markets. Talent and Fit help you find the next generation of high-performance workers and achieve greater results at every stage of the talent management process. These assessments assist businesses in pre-applicant screening, selection, and coaching/development.


With over 100 attributes, The PAIRIN Survey is the most comprehensive non-cognitive measurement in existence; but with its graphical interface, you are never burdened with long reports and tons of data. The system is backed by over 60 years of research. It is non-discriminatory and incredibly easy to use. The survey is 10 minutes and has a cloud-based, patent-pending process to identify the qualities that lead to success in your top performers. In addition, it identifies the areas of needed development in applicants and employees. The survey easily integrates with your hiring process, automatically scoring and prioritizing applicants.


  • CNA test
  • We can proctor any test you would like candidates to take to ensure they are taking the test appropriately.


Professional Services Employer Testing Policy

 All businesses requesting PSD proctored assessments must post the position(s) with us:

If you do not already have the position posted with us, you may:

And/Or Contact

Information Needed Prior to Applicant Screening Tests:

  • Company contact name as well as email address
  • The position being tested for
  • Name of the applicant(s)
  • Which assessment(s) the applicant(s) are completing
  • Deadline for assessment results to be returned to the company contact person

Because the assessments are paid for with grant money, all applicants are required to be active as well as registered job seekers on Connecting 

  • Applicants need to contact Professional Services by phone at 970-257-2215 or email at [email protected] to schedule assessments in advance.

 Limitations on Free Assessment Utilization

  • Once the employer account and the job posting are verified by the PSD staff, the employer may utilize up to four (4) assessments per candidate and up to 15 candidates per job posting.
  • If the business wishes to exceed four (4) assessments per candidate or exceed 15 candidates per job posting, they may do so with responsibility for the incurring costs of the excess assessments. PSD staff inform the business of the assessment(s) costs before scheduling and proctoring the assessments.