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What is a Psychometric Test?

The interview process is all about competition. Anyone who wishes to succeed in an interview needs to ensure that they are prepared for all eventualities. While competition for jobs is tougher than it has ever been, there is help out there, and practising psychometric tests is a great way to gain a competitive advantage over your rivals.

With unemployment rates still high, the job market is a tough one. Employees now have a huge pool of workers to choose from, and so they have tended to make the interview process tougher than it perhaps has been. This is an understandable strategy, and of course potential employers want to fill their vacancies with the best possible candidates.

Many employees now utilize psychometric tests to make the interview process more rigorous. These tests can take many forms, however they have a single purpose: to identify the best candidates through quantifiable means.

Unlike other parts of the interview process, which may involve a subjective assessment of one’s character etc, an aptitude test looks to measure ‘aptitude’ by clearly definable means. There is no short-cut to succeeding with an aptitude test therefore, and no amount of blag that will see you through the assessment.

Instead, just like a traditional exam, you will only succeed at psychometric tests if you are prepared to practise, practise, practise. While the tests are defined to test your natural abilities, a familiarity with the tests with give you a huge advantage, and on the assessment day you will be ready for any eventuality.

Speed is the essence with aptitude tests

Often in an aptitude test it is not the nature of the questions themselves that cause people to struggle, but rather the time limits imposed on the candidates taking part in the assessment.

So, if you are preparing to sit a psychometric test, it can really pay off to practice your speed. If you had all day to note down your responses to the challenges posed, you may well make very few mistakes. But the reality is that with your back against the wall and time running out, you might well find your logic deserts you and you fail to show your true abilities.

This is why it can pay off to practise such questions in advance of the real test. This enables you to get a feel for the pace of the trial and to adjust your approach accordingly.

There is a distinct skill to spending enough but not too much time reading each question. If you rush this, you will make lots of mistakes on your aptitude test. In contrast, if you re-read sentences again and again and are too slow in your progress, you will fail get through the assessment. By practising them, you can get a feel for how speedily you should go through the trial.

Another great thing about preparing for a psychometric test is that you become more familiar with the type of wording they use. This means you will be more efficient in your dissemination of the questions than someone who has not looked as other such papers before.

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.