Psychometric testing allows an employer to understand your strengths and skill set regardless of your educational and professional background.
Ability Tests – Measure your general or particular skills, capability and acumen.
- Numerical testing: assesses how well you interpret numerical data, graphs and statistics.
- Verbal reasoning tests: assesses how well you understand written information and interpret arguments and statements
- Non-verbal reasoning tests: assess how you understand diagrammatic information or spot patterns. These can also be referred to as inductive reasoning tests
- Logical reasoning tests: asses how well you can follow through to a conclusion once give basic information about a situation.
Inductive Reasoning Tests:
- Questions might have a series of simple pictures, each which ate slightly different, you then might be asked to select a picture which will complete the series.
- Do not panic if you cannot complete all the questions; some tests are designed so that it is almost impossible for you to finish the test before time is up.
Deductive Reasoning Tests:
- The purpose of these tests are to assess different types of logical problem solving
- Deductive reasoning tends to start with a series of rules and applies them in order, employers will uses the tests to assess your ability to identify your ability to identify mistakes such as proof reading or basic spelling and grammar tests.
- Aptitude tests highlights your potential to learn a new skills that is required for the specific job which you have applied for
- These tests are usually conducted under timed, exam conditions and tend to involve multiple choice or true/false answers
- The results will company your ability levels to a normal expectation
Critical Thinking and situational judgement tests:
- Employers use these tests to see if you will be a good fit for their company or which area of the business you would be most suited to
- The best approach is to answer honesty and calmly
- Ensure that you understand the scenario which has been given to you
- These tests assess your suitability as opposed to your ability.
- The purpose of these tests are to understand your typical behaviour when presented with different scenarios as they examine whether you will fit into a company culture and the role which you are applying for
- Employers look for certain characteristics which you have and will match their company, answer honestly and you’ll do fine.
General Tips for Psychometric Testing:
- Always try and find out which type of test you will be completing so that you practice beforehand and know what to expect
- Pack everything that you might need for the test, glasses, a calculator and writing tools
- Wear a watch so that you can keep track of time in case there is not a clock in the room
- Listen carefully to instructions and make sure you understand the question you are being asked
- Make sure you know the number of questions and how much time is allowed, if you are unsure, ask
- Psychometric tests are meant to be challenging, if you do not finish the test, do not panic and rush the end
- Stay focused and attentive and do not worry about other candidates if they are in the room with you.