A document review exercise is a type of aptitude test used by recruiters to measure the quality of a candidate's observations, attention to detail, spelling, grammar and understanding of the format and structure of professional office documents. Candidates are usually given a document and asked to find as many errors and inconsistencies in the data as possible, in a limited time period.
In particular, recruiters will be looking for candidates to identify:
- Spelling and grammar errors;
- Formatting errors (e.g. paragraph alignment, font); and
- Content errors (e.g. conflicting information).
There is usually no 100% correct answer to a document review exercise, as small details may be affected by individual interpretation.