Written by Daniel Soloye
If you didn’t know, finding the right employee is of huge importance to recruiters and they will go to extensive lengths to source suitable candidates that fit the company culture, way beyond just qualifications and experience levels.
Psychometric testing is a scientific evaluation method used to measure individuals’ mental capabilities and behavioural style, usually consisting of numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning and diagrammatic reasoning tests.
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If you are applying for places at large graduate employers, chances are you’ll be required to undertake a psychometric test. These tests are generally within the initial stages of the recruitment process as a filtering mechanism to see if your characteristics match what the company is looking for.
With any type of test, you can improve your success rate by practicing and conducting prior research. But don’t sweat, if you’ve done your homework, you can approach this test with confidence, as you’re in a great position to excel just like anyone else.
When will you be tested?
Psychometric tests may be used at different stages of the recruitment process ranging from:
- After submitting an initial application.
- At your first or second interview.
- Part of an assessment centre day.
Prior to applying, you must ensure that you are fully-prepared to complete the test as they generally can only be taken once, meaning you have to jump out the blocks flying, no time for false starts!
Types of test you may face
Numerical Reasoning: Assesses how well you interpret data, graphs, charts and/or statistics. These tests will demonstrate how well you are able to deal with numbers, quickly and accurately with questions that may include knowledge of ratios, percentages, cost and sales analysis, rates, trends and currency conversions.
Verbal Reasoning: Assesses how you well you comprehend written information and evaluate arguments and statements. These tests will generally involve reading short passages of writing and answering questions based on your comprehension of the text.
Diagrammatic reasoning: Assesses how well you use logic to make conclusions based on limited information, current experience or general knowledge. These questions are usually multiple choice against the clock or a set of rules which need to be applied new scenarios for a positive outcome.
Tips for performing well
Practice: Just like any another examination, practice, practice and more practice. Practicing test questions and training your brain to identify foundations for solving problems will significantly improve your chances of attaining a great result. Most tests are administered online; therefore it’s important that you revise in the same manner that you will be tested.
Plan your time and set milestones: Most psychometric tests are timed but only 1 – 2% of people can actually finish it. Here’s the good news, you don’t have to complete all of the questions to get a perfect score, and easy questions score the same as hard ones. The best strategy is to set milestones and if you don’t know the answer to a question, save time and complete others as there’s always a possibility that you can revisit the question at the end.
Read and increase your English vocabulary: Start delving into industry specific content regarding the job you are applying for to increase your vocabulary. It will help you grasp verbal reasoning test questions quicker, answering them faster and subsequently improving your score.
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Extracts taken from: CareerOne