Your Guide To Psychometric Testing
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So you've applied for a job or an apprenticeship. The employer's name is McCoy. He doesn't like crisps, strange as it is.
Mr. McCoy has read your cover letter and been dazzled by your CV. Now he wants you to complete psychometric tests to analyse your reasoning and personality characteristics.
They are common in the application process, however, just the mention of 'psychometric tests' and it spreads fear like a tiger that has escaped from a local zoo.
Psychometric tests are not as scary as a hungry tiger on the loose. They are a chance for you to impress employers, and to stand out from other people who are applying for the same job.
So read on for our essential guide to psychometric testing - how they work, the different types, and some frightfully useful tips to help you triumph over rival candidates.
What are psychometric tests?
Psychometric tests regularly feature in assessment centres, taking the form of behavioural and aptitude tests. Employers use tests like this to assess your acquired skills rather than your educational background.
They are also an objective way of judging a group of candidates. CV's can exaggerate a person's skills and achievements. Employers regularly come across CV's that describe a candidate that is an expert on the oboe, and recently victorious in their local tap dancing championships - when in reality, the candidate is not very good at tap dancing.
Psychometric tests give a fair and honest reflection of a person's skills. Furthermore, they reveal if the candidate has the specific skills or personality traits that are required for the job on offer. The skills and traits that are relevant! An employer might think, 'this chap can play the oboe and they're red hot on the dance floor - they must be a real character. But can they do the job?'
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Types of psychometric tests
Psychometric test tips
In this short (but dramatic) video, career experts explain how psychometric tests work and why they are so important to the recruitment process.
Examples of psychometric tests
Below are some sample questions for different types of psychometric tests...
VERBAL REASONING EXAMPLE
The waiters in a delightful Mexican restaurant follow a set of rules for their work rota:
1. When Julio works, Luis also works.
2. When Luis works, Camila does not.
3. When Camila isn't working, Isabella doesn't work either.
Which of the following statements is true from this information?
a. If Luis works, Julio also works.
b. If Julio works, Isabella does not.
c. If Luis isn't working, Isabella doesn't work either.
d. If Isabella isn't working, Luis doesn't work either.
ABSTRACT REASONING EXAMPLE
PERSONALITY TEST EXAMPLE
To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement:
I enjoy working with other people.
1. Strongly Disagree
5. Strongly Agree
Personality tests consist of 25-50 of these statement-based questions; below are a few more examples of statements you might have to respond to:
I would describe myself as an organised person.
I prefer to achieve my own goals rather than help others achieve their goals.
It's better to get a job done than aim for perfection.
I prefer working in a stable rather than a flexible environment.
Practice Psychometric Tests Online
Psychometric tests may seem as frightening as a bear-sized badger, but there are some really useful websites that will allow you to practice them online. Below are some of the best examples of sites where you can practice psychometric tests online for FREE!
Remember! Confidence is key to succeeding in all types of psychometric tests. Your confidence will grow, and your technique will naturally improve as you practice. Good luck to you.