What are Psychometric Tests?
Psychometric tests are used by recruiters to assess ability, aptitude and personality. They are increasingly used by employers to see how you perform in a variety of tasks. They also give you the opportunity to demonstrate a range of skills, including: communication, time management and team working skills as well as personal attributes such as motivation. You can do these from home but may also be asked to complete them at an assessment centre.
Test Types include: Numerical/Critical Thinking/Verbal Reasoning/Situation Judgment/Logical Reasoning/Personality or Strengths/IT Aptitude/Mechanical Aptitude
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Psychometric Tests: What can I expect?
Tests are often taken under exam conditions and are usually timed. They are designed to measure your intellectual capability for thinking and reasoning; some are meant to be very difficult in order to test the limit of your abilities. Companies are using tests, more frequently and earlier on in the recruitment process to select the best applicants. You may have to pass several tests online before your application will go to the next stage of the recruitment process. Ensure you take the test, as you may be re-tested later in the recruitment process.
How do I prepare for a psychometric test?
What is an Assessment Centre?
An assessment or selection centre is used by employers to bring a group of candidates together to undertake a series of assessment activities. Usually lasting one day, it may be based on an employer’s premises or at a nearby hotel. You will be told in advance when, where and how long it will be and given an indication of what will happen.
Assessment Centres: What can I expect?
You will be invited along with other potential candidates to take part in a series of activities, tests and exercises. The Assessment Centre stage may come after the first round of interviews, although some employers use them as an initial selection process. Assessment Centres can seem quite daunting, as it is unlikely you will know what exercises and activities you will be asked to do on the day. The content, length and format can all vary significantly. However, you can prepare yourself by thinking about what the employer will be looking for during each task. Employers will focus on how you react to situations, thought processes, and to what extent you match the pre-determined criteria they have set out. This criteria will usually include some or all of the following:
DO: Be familiar with the core values and key company information to give you an idea of what the Company will be looking for. If you don’t speak on the day, how will they know whether you will be a good fit for them.
Assessment Centres: Types of test
In-Tray exercises: With a heaped in-tray or inbox, you will need to make a decision on each item, deciding priorities, drafting replies or identifying work to be delegated.
Practical tasks and exercises: As a group, candidates may be asked to use materials or equipment to make something or solve a problem.
Group discussion and role playing: As a group discussing ideas, or using a briefing pack to role play a person or particular point of view.
Presentations: Giving an oral presentation which you may have time to prepare or could be a surprise task of the day.
Report writing or case studies: You could be given a set of papers relating to a situation and asked to make recommendations in a brief report.
Interviews: These may be on a one-to-one basis or as part of a panel.