Many employers trying to determine if applicants have the English skills for their jobs rely solely on interviewing them. Even some widely used English language tests use interviewers to assess speaking skills.
Intuitively, this method seems as though it should work, but it is not reliable.
SoftBank, recently in the news for its acquisition of the third largest U.S. telecommunications company, Sprint Nextel, has now made another investment—this time in its employees.
Beginning this year and continuing through 2015, those scoring 900 out of possible 990 points on the TOEIC Listening & Reading test will earn a bonus of 1 million yen ($11,269).
Employees scoring between 800 and 899 will receive a smaller bonus of 300,000 yen (about $3,380).
A very interesting interview was published in this past spring's issue of Innovations Magazine by Educational Testing Service (ETS). In it, Carlos Lenck, Director of Human Capital at the Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) branch in Chile, clearly explains the value of English in a global context.
I don't know how the weather is where you are— for me, cold and clouds are making a permanent move to the sunny Caribbean sound like a very good idea. And beginning this year, TOEIC® testing can get you there.
The Cayman Islands Department of Immigration is now accepting scores from TOEIC tests to measure the English-language proficiency of persons from around the world wishing to work or settle in the Cayman Islands.