Psychometric assessments: Tips for job seekers

Psychometric assessments: Tips for job seekers

Psychometric assessment has become a key component of many recruitment processes. While psychometric assessments are becoming ubiquitous, there remain some misconceptions that it involves purely testing.

Many assessments explore aspects of workplace behaviour, preference and motivation, as opposed to just ability.

The principle of assessments is to gain insight into individuals’ personalities, skills and competencies, which is why many employers also use such assessments at other times, like when making decisions about promotion, training and development.

There are a range of tools available that organisations use to explore numeracy, strategic thinking and the ability to deal with complex verbal challenges, as well as off-the-shelf and bespoke questionnaires. The data is used to build a picture of your overall strengths and aptitude, motivations, aspirations, preferred way of working and cultural fit.

Tips for job seekers on taking psychometric assessments

• Approach the assessment as an opportunity to further demonstrate your strengths.
• Be aware that most assessments involve multiple-choice questions with right and wrong responses. This means they are an objective assessment of you and all other candidates.
• Ask your recruiter for a sample test or take free sample tests online to practice. But remember, the assessment you take is likely to be unique to the particular role you have applied for. So while you can practice answering sample questions to become more comfortable with this style of assessment and to understand the types of questions asked, do not expect the questions to be identical.
• When it comes time to take the test, read the instructions clearly and ask for clarification if anything is not clear.
• If the test is timed, note how many questions there are so you know approximately how long to spend on each one. Work as quickly as you can while still reading the questions thoroughly.
• If you are unsure of an answer, do not make a random guess. Instead, eliminate those answers you know to be wrong and try to make an educated guess from there.

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