A psychometric test is any activity and assessment that is conducted in order to evaluate candidate performance and includes, but is not limited to, skills and knowledge, abilities, personality traits, attitudes and job/academic potential.
This is a broad area and one that needs explaining. There are many psychometric test styles and formats, and we will elaborate on the three most common and most important areas within psychometric testing:
Beyond the challenge of correctly understanding and answering the test questions, the other hurdle is overcoming the time constraints when they are present. Both aptitude tests and assessment day exercises have time frames which allows candidates to be assessed on how well they cope with time pressure. Behavioural tests are usually not timed.
Most job applicants go through a similar application process as described in general lines below:
Most job applicants go through an application process that includes some or all of the following elements:
There are two major reasons companies use psychometric testing: the first is to improve and reduce HR and recruitment costs and the second is to improve quality of candidates for the long run and avoid employee turnover.
Unfortunately, the recent information and technological revolutions have turned the recruitment field into an almost exact science. Companies use sophisticated and rigorous psychometric testing procedures to optimize their recruiting and hiring processes. According to assessment consultants, using these tests can help companies find the skills they are looking for in people who are the right fit for the job and save substantial amounts of money, thus increasing profitability in the long run.
Firstly, the testing process can actually tell you a lot about the company/program to which you are applying. If an employer stresses numerical skills or presentation skills in the testing process, that tells you that these skills are fundamental for the job. At this point you need to ask yourself whether or not you have or wish to use these skills.
Secondly, companies are looking for specific competencies and skills in their applicants, and having a good understanding of the tests will give you insight into those sought after attributes. In addition, it also allows people who are normally nervous during interviews a chance to impress without the on the spot pressure.
In short, use the tests to your advantage to show companies your strengths.
Now that we understand the very basics of psychometric tests, the next step is knowing how to prepare.
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