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Preparing For Job Interviews

There are many things to do when you are preparing for a job interview. Obviously there are simple superficial things such as ensuring you have the right clothes and that you get a hair cut if necessary to ensure you present yourself as well as you possibly can.

However, there are many other things you can do to look great to potential employers that are nothing to with your physical appearance. There will almost certainly be numerous people going for the same role, so being prepared is going to give you a huge advantage.

Firstly, there is research. Finding out as much as you can about the company and the role will mean that you are in a much better position to answer questions that might be asked, as well as asking pertinent questions yourself. It is also important that you know where you are going so that you don’t turn up late.

Next, do some research on yourself. Make sure you have developed and memorised a list of the strengths and abilities that can help you sell yourself to a potential employer.

Finally, take a few online aptitude tests. The aptitude test is now a staple of many different interview procedures as, with more and more people having the same skills and qualifications on paper, it’s harder than ever for employers to sort the wheat from the chaff. Practicing online aptitude tests will mean that, should you have to complete an aptitude test, you will not only be prepared but also much better at answering the type of questions that will come up.

How Organisations can use Online Psychometric Tests

The recruitment process is a highly complex one. With a huge number of people applying for every position, it can be hugely time consuming for employers to read applications and interview all the suitable candidates. Giving applicants a psychometric test to complete can help to find the most appropriate candidate for the job, simplifying the recruitment process.

Every job requires a different set of skills, aptitudes and abilities. For example, managers should have good leadership qualities and be assertive, while sales people should have a friendly, yet persuasive, demeanour. While you can try to assess these skills in an interview, people are not always themselves in such a pressured situation, making the impressions they give inaccurate. A psychometric aptitude test will give a much more detailed overview of a person’s ability to do a job.

Interviewing candidates for a job can take days, or even weeks, out of an interviewer’s schedule. For most jobs, it can be extremely inconvenient for someone to be away from their regular tasks for that length of time. While a psychometric test will require someone to moderate the room of people taking it, or the use of assessment centres, online psychometric tests can be undertaken in a candidate’s own home. The results are then assessed by a computer, freeing up your staff to do their regular job.

Online psychometric tests can take a lot of the stress out of the recruitment process. Giving them to candidates can almost guarantee that you’ll find the most appropriate person for the job.

Preparing Yourself for a Psychometric Test

If you are applying for vacancies, particularly highly competitive ones, you may find that you are asked to complete a psychometric test. Psychometric tests do not assess knowledge. They are designed to evaluate your personality and measure your ability to do the job in question. You may be asked how you would react in various situations, designed to test your abstract reasoning skills and show how you would deal with any people or circumstances you may encounter on the job.

Psychometric tests cannot be prepared for in the way you would with a traditional exam. This is because they are designed to test your personality and reactions, not your expertise. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t do any preparation prior to your test. Only by knowing what to expect will you achieve success in your test.

The best thing you can do prior to your psychometric aptitude test is practice. Search for online psychometric tests and complete as many of them as you can. This will give you an idea of what will happen during your actual test, and hopefully make you feel less anxious about it.

Anxiety is one of the main reasons why people don’t do well in tests. If you are worried about why you are taking a psychometric test, or what will happen to your scores once you’ve completed it, then ask someone. You are entitled to all that information. If you’re unsure of anything before or during the test, make sure you have everything clarified by someone. Feeling relaxed and secure is one of the best ways you can prepare for a test.

Why employers use psychometric tests

The concept of a psychometric test evolved out of research into the human brain and how we think and function. This kind of evaluation has been developed by psychologists over years of research into personality, language, cognitive ability, the creative mind and how our brains solve problems. Different people work in different ways and some jobs are more suited to a particular psychological type and skill set, hence the reason employers like to ask candidates for important jobs to take an aptitude test of one kind or another.

They’ll be looking for a very specific attitude and a range of abilities that may be broad or may be narrow. The exact criteria will depend on the job at hand. Some tasks call for excellent communication skills, others call for an incisive analytical mind or for abstract reasoning. In some jobs you’ll have to work independently and in others you might have to manage a team or work within one. Sometimes you may have to cope with a high pressure situation or be expected to put in a great deal of overtime to make something happen.

A psychometric test can reveal how you will do in a particular environment. Everyone who has worked in an office knows that there are some people who have the right skills on paper but the wrong approach and it’s natural that employers want to screen out this kind of person. If you’ve been asked to do a psychometric or aptitude test as part of a job interview process, it doesn’t mean the company you’d like to work for doubts your abilities. They just want to know how well you will fit into the role they’re offering.