Psychometric Aptitude Tests
04 January 2017 | Psychometric Aptitude Tests | Guest Author
During the last decade, the hiring process for many companies and organisations has become much more complex. One of the most common ways employers choose to examine their candidates is psychometric tests. This means that the importance of the job interview has decreased, while the importance of more quantitative and accurate measurements—like tests and assessments—has increased. Psychometric tests are defined as assessments, tests, activities, and exercises that measure and evaluate candidates’ performances.
While this definition includes many different types of assessments and activities, it usually sums up to three main types of psychometric tests: aptitude tests, behavioural tests, and assessment day exercises. Aptitude tests assess cognitive abilities (numeracy, literacy, etc.), behavioural tests assess personality traits, and assessment day exercise assess human interaction.
The highly competitive hiring industry demands that job seekers come better prepared to their interviews and tests. But how exactly can that be accomplished? Here are the seven best tips for acing your psychometric test and getting hired by your dream employer:
1. Know the “enemy”
It is likely that information about your upcoming process exists somewhere online. A good place to start looking for what type of assessment test you’re about to take is on the employer's site. Another alternative is to try and glean as much information as possible from the recruiter you’re in contact with (if there is one). The more knowledge you're able to acquire, the better prepared you’ll be for your tests and, consequentially, the better your chances of being offered your dream job.
2. Who is your test provider?
As more and more companies, have begun to use psychometric tests, the amount of test providers has increased dramatically. Moreover, each company has its own unique way of challenging test takers. As each test provider highlights different aspects of a subject, the more knowledge you collect about the test provider, the easier it will be to prepare for a specific test. Even if your potential future employer doesn’t provide information about the hiring process, it is likely the test provider does. Note that there is a correlation between practising questions dissimilar in style to those of the test provider and low performance. Be proactive and minimise the uncertainty about your upcoming tests.
3. Plan for success
Before you begin to practise, think about the best ways for you to keep a record of your preparation process. This includes planning a schedule. Doing so will increase your chances of arriving to the top tier of test takers. When planning, make sure you start with the basics. Even if you think you know a subject well, it’s important to go over it and clean the dust off even questions that seems easy. After this, make sure you have enough time to practise the hard questions. Another recommended strategy is to practise questions per topic and not to mix between topics, at least in the beginning. If you don’t have enough time to go over everything, it's best to start with your weaker areas and then to try to take as many full-length tests as you can.
4. Learn from your mistakes
Unfortunately, one of the most common mistakes people have is to answer questions, see if they got it right, and then move on. However, going over your answers in detail is important if you want to outperform your competition. Go over your mistakes, make sure you fully understand them, and know how to avoid them when you encounter similar questions on the real test. Explanations are there for a reason—they usually include useful solving tips that can help you ace your test.
5. Two is better than one
When we prepare alone and don’t share the difficulties we’re going through with other people, the harder it is to learn from our mistakes. Sharing difficulties with others (friends or online) will better help you cope with the challenges that the preparation process poses. While alone it can look scary, with the help of other people, preparing is much easier. Seeing other points of view and discovering that you’re not alone will also improve your confidence as the exam date approaches.
6. Be positive
Even though it may sound like a cliché, thoughts do create reality. Believing in yourself and staying optimistic will help you achieve so much more. Having hope is a big part of the equation, and that is why fate favours those who try. Fight back against the difficulties and you’ll get results. If other people can do it, so can you!
7. The obvious is the most important
You’ve heard it a million times before, and it may sound trivial, but it must be said: the simplest actions are the ones that will help you ace the test.
- A good night's sleep ensures your brain is fully rested and enables you to think faster and be more aware during the test.
- Focus your studying during hours in which it is easier for you to concentrate. Otherwise, your preparation will have very little effect.
- Setting is everything. Make sure you study in a suitable environment, or prepare a safe zone where it’s easy for you to concentrate.
The bottom line is this: follow these seven rules, and it will be much easier for you to outperform your competition and get hired. Gather all the information you can from both your potential employer and the test provider. Then, plan your practice schedule. Make sure to be thorough and to believe in yourself. Don’t forget to get a good night's sleep the day before the test! Good luck and go get that job!