Psychometric testing

​Psychometric assessments are sometimes used during recruitment to help employers gather objective information about an applicant. The results are generally used in conjunction with other information such as your resume, interview responses, and referee comments.​

Psychometric assessments are used across many industries and are commonly part of the selection process for graduate programs. Most of these tests are completed online. The organisation will send you a link to a test website and a time frame in which to complete the test. You may also be given a test to complete at an assessment centre.

Aptitude tests

Aptitude tests are used to ensure you can use numerical and written information at a basic level. You may encounter them at the first stage of a graduate recruitment campaign, where they can be used to reduce the size of the applicant pool by eliminating scores below a certain level.

Tests may include:

  • Verbal reasoning (critical evaluation of written information)
  • Numerical reasoning (analysis of numerical data)
  • Abstract reasoning (often involve diagram sequences)

Personality questionnaires

Questionnaires are used to get a better  idea of how you might fit in the role, team or organisation. They may also be used to flesh out questions for a final-round interview. For example, an employer wanting someone for a role requiring consistent attention to repetitive detail will probably not want to give that job to someone who is very creative and gets bored easily.

The best advice for personality questionnaires is to go with your first answer, as this is generally a true reflection of your style.

Questionnaires may relate to occupational personality, or motivation and values.

Preparing for assessments

To help lower anxiety around the process, know what to expect for your upcoming assessment, such as the timed conditions of the aptitude tests. For timed tests, it is unlikely that you will finish. The best strategy is to find a balance between speed and accuracy.

Try some practice tests before your assessment:

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