Psychometric Tests

Psychometric tests are stuctured methods used by employers used by employers to assess each candidate's suitability for a job of programme. The test may include aptitude or ability tests, personality questionnaires, or both.

The aptitude or ability test

  • Formal, usually completed online or on a print out during the interview process
  • Multiple choice
  • Usually needs to be completed under a time limit but for some questions you may be allowed more time
  • The tests are likely to test your numeracy and verbal skills, as well as your organisational skills and sense of logic
  • Specific tests may need to be completed depending on the job, i.e syntax for data checking
What can I do to prepare?
  • Call the company and ask them if they can give you a brief idea of the types of tests you will need to complete
  • Take advantage of career services and sites offering practice tests. Most sites have free examples. Click here for Psychometric Advantage
  • If you have special learning requirements make the company aware; you may be allowed extra time
  • Prepare to work quickly but accurately

The personality questionnaire

  • Personality questionnaires aren't tests but solely an indicator of your personality type, way in which you work, your interests and how you may respond to a situation
  • There is no wrong or right answer, so be honest and go with your gut feeling
  • If you are confused by a question, move on and perhaps return to it if you have time at the end of the questionnaire

What can I do to prepare?

  • Personality questionnaires can be found online. Have a look to see what types of questions you may be presented with, and remember, there is no right or wrong answer!
  • CLICK HERE for a Finding Potential free questionnaire


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