Psychometric testing appears to becoming more and more of an integral part of the recruitment process. Many companies place a lot of emphasis on the results of these tests, so it’s important to ensure you do your best, and get the best results possible from them. It is perfectly normal to feel some anxiety and stress on hearing that you have to do a psychometric test, but there are ways to prepare and do the best you can in these tests.
Here are some tips to help you do your best at these tests:
- Practice as many aptitude tests that you can get your hands on, the more you practice the better you will get at them.
- Try to focus especially on online aptitude tests, it is most likely that you will be put through an online psychometric test, so you need to get used to the format and the way things are laid out online. You also need to be able to operate a computer relatively well, so ensure you familiarise yourself with online psychometric tests.
- Always practice the aptitude tests that you find the hardest. If you find the verbal reasoning tests easy but the numeric tests hard, rather focus on the numeric tests. The more you practice the easier and less intimidating they will become.
- Make sure you read the instructions and questions carefully, some of the questions are worded in such a way that they can be deceiving, so don’t get caught out because you misunderstood the question.
- Always ensure you work within the time allocated. If you do not know the answer to a question move onto the next. You can always come back and try again at the end if you have time left, but rather answer the questions you can and get the extra points, than miss out on them because you spent too much time on a question you don’t know the answer for.
- Go over your results very carefully, check to see where you have gone wrong and where you are battling and concentrate on improving your marks in those areas.
- Many people come short with the numeric reasoning tests – ensure you have enough knowledge by practicing extensively on these tests. You will be able to get a very good idea through practicing as to what type of questions you can expect to be asked in the numeric reasoning tests.
- Don’t panic. Try to ensure you complete all the questions in the test but if you are not able to, remember that the tests are generally designed so that only a very small percentage of the test takers can correctly answer all the questions within the time allocated.
- When doing an aptitude test don’t stop when the time runs out, if you are finished, go over both the questions and your answers again, and check very carefully that you have read the questions properly and answered them as best as you can. It’s easy to make careless mistakes when you are rushing through work.
- Remember with the personality tests that they will use specific questions to detect your level of honesty. Always be honest, these tests are designed to ask questions in such a way that they they can tell if you are not being honest.
- Personality tests are also designed to include a number of different questions at different places in the test designed to measure ones personality trait. For this reason it is important to be honest and consistent when answering questions throughout the test.
- Lastly if you realise half way through the test that you are not going to have enough time to finish do not panic, some tests are designed in such a way that you are not meant to be able to finish them.
Remember preparation is the best way to ensure that you demonstrate your full potential. So practice, practice and practice…