The purpose of psychometric testing, as a recruitment tool, is to identify those innate abilities within each of us and ascertain which position would be the most suitable.
It is a scientifically designed process that measures an individual’s relevant strengths and behavioural preferences within certain environments and situations.
For the selection of Graduates, organisations will typically utilise two types of psychometric testing:
- Ability assessments
- Attribute assessments
1. Ability Assessments generally cover three key areas: ability, aptitude and reasoning and typically cover the following categories:
As an example:
A Verbal Ability test would measure your ability to understand a concept described in words. It will also consider your ability to find common links between different concepts and to manipulate ideas on an abstract level. Based on this, this test will also assess your knowledge and use of the English language.
A Verbal Aptitudetest would assess your knowledge of spelling, correct use of grammar, word meanings, word relationships and your ability to analyse detailed written information.
A Verbal Reasoningtest would assess your ability to solve a specific problem using a series of facts – provided only verbally.
2. Attribute Assessments (personality assessments) consider a candidate’s behavioural tendencies and preferences within a workplace environment e.g.: communication style, reliability and integrity etc.
If you are faced with psychometric testing as part of the job selection process, then the first step you need to take is to ask the employer/ recruiter what type of test(s) you are being asked to complete.
You should also be provided with some sample questions. These will give you a good indication of the type of questions you will have to answer on the day of the test. Preparation is important as it will help you be slightly more relaxed during the test situation.
Remember: YOU are your best asset. Your goal is not to get a job but to excel in your selected position. So, stay calm, answer all questions honestly and to the best of your ability and the remainder will fall into place.