Psychometric Tests

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Psychometric Tests

What are psychometric tests?

Psychometric tests are used to measure an individual's’ mental capabilities and behaviour. They are designed to show your overall suitability for a particular role based on how you perform. They show your personality characteristics and aptitude/cognitive ability.

They are becoming commonplace as a part of the interview process and are nearly always used for graduate schemes.

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Why are psychometric tests used?

Psychometric tests are never used in isolation, instead they are a additional tool that companies use to select the best candidates to work for them. There are a number of reasons psychometric test are used. These include:

  • They are objective - because they are completely impartial they can compare candidates without unconscious bias.
  • They can test a lot of things - psychometric testing can measure attributes including motivation, critical thinking, intelligence and your personality profile
  • Value for money - they are a low cost way making the recruitment process more efficient, often by screening large numbers of candidates.
  • They work - there is a large body of evidence that shows psychometric tests are a good indicator of future job performance.

 

What do psychometric tests measure?

There are lots of different types of psychometric test, each of them having a specific purpose.  Below are some examples of the main types of psychometric tests and what information they will tell potential employers about you:

  • Verbal and numerical reasoning tests - these tests provide an indication of your ability to process verbal and numerical information within a fixed time limit.
  • Skills tests - these psychometric tests allow employers to understand how quickly you can learn a new skill.
  • Personality tests - in these you will be evaluated on your behaviour and the way in which you approach your work.

Key considerations

There are key things to consider that will help improve your ability with psychometric tests. Firstly, make sure you read the question correctly. Have you interpreted it in the right way so you are answering the right question. This sounds simple, however, many people fall at the first hurdle. Secondly, it is so important to structure your time correctly. Understand at the start of the test how long it will last for and plan your time accordingly. Set milestones and check on your time as you go through the test. Before the test starts, check if you are allowed any tools, like a calculator.

If the test is in English and you are not a native speaker, try and practice your vocabulary using psychometric test examples in the run up to the test. Work out what score you need to achieve to pass the test. Also let them know, you are likely to get extra time in your psychometric tests if English is not your first language.

If you are dyslexic psychometric tests can be particularly daunting, but don't let this put you off. It might be that you will not have to complete psychometric tests if you are dyslexic but more likely that you will be given extra time. Just make sure you let them know in plenty of time that you are dyslexic.

You can easily become accustomed to learning how to view the questions and how best to answer them. Take your time during a test (but not too much time!), don’t panic. Make sure you go in to the test and feel adequately prepared.

That means have lots of psychometric test practice before you go in for real.

Psychometric test examples

There are many different types of psychometric tests that may be used. Many fall into verbal and numerical reasoning categories. If you know you have to sit psychometric tests, find out what types of test they are.

Practice as much as possible as it will help a lot. The more familiar you are with psychometric tests, the easier they will become to answer correctly.

There are lots of psychometric test examples online. Below are some links to some great free resources:

Free numerical reasoning tests

Free verbal reasoning psychometric tests

 

Free critical thinking psychometric tests

Free inductive reasoning psychometric tests

Free personality psychometric tests

Free in-tray or e-tray exercise

Free assessment centre guide

Our specialist mentors can work through psychometric test examples with you as part of our careers advice and support service. If you would like to find out more please contact us to speak to one of our advisers.