Preparing for Psychometric Testing During a Recruitment Process
Psychometric testing can be used during the recruitment process if the employer wishes to match the applicants to a particular position. The purpose of psychometric testing is to identify the characteristics, personality, values, and culture of the people who have applied for the job, and then to identify the one who is the most suitable. Of course, psychometric testing does not only benefit the employer, but also the applicant. If you are appointed in a position for which you have no passion or aptitude, the end will be one where the employer is disappointed, and you, as the employee, feel disheartened and unhappy.
Because nobody can cheat psychometric testing (because there are no wrong or right answers), it is impossible to prepare for it in order to display personal values and other characteristics in the right manner in order to get the job. To help you though, we can give you a few pointers to help you prepare for the psychometric testing when you are applying for a particular position:
- Get enough rest: When you are exhausted or stressed, it could affect your ability to communicate properly. Psychometric tests can be quite time consuming, which is why you have to be well rested. You should also make sure that you have had enough to eat and drink. If you are hungry or tired, you will just want the test to be over, and may not interpret the questions as well as you should. You may also start answering questions without really thinking about the answers just so that you can finish the test quicker. It is therefore imperative that you are feeling mentally and physically good before you do the test.
- Do some test runs: There are a lot of free psychometric tests online that you can use to prepare yourself. This will help you to familiarise yourself with the types of questions to be answered, the length or duration of the tests, and the different formats of psychometric testing. Taking a few of these tests before you do psychometric testing during the recruitment process can help you to understand the process better. You will be more relaxed because you will know what to expect.
- Pace yourself: Psychometric testing is usually done within a precise timeframe. Most of them are designed to be done within a certain period of time, and very few of them are actually designed to be completed within the assigned time frame. Don’t stress about this! Do not rush through the test just to get the whole thing completed on time. It is better to take your time to work out honest and accurate answers, even if you don’t finish the test within the given time frame. If you do finish the test on time, you may want to go back (if possible) to review answers that you may have rushed over.
- Read and improve your vocabulary: If you are doing a test in English, it would be in your best interest to read English books or articles, because by doing so, you are improving your vocabulary. This will only be to your benefit, especially if English is not your first language. Most psychometric testing in this country is done in a language that is often not the mother tongue, which can cause the person to misunderstand or misinterpreted the question. This can, of course, affect the test results, which is why it is imperative that company chooses professionals who understand this and can accordingly customise the test in order to get the best results from each applicant.
- Don’t be fake: Good psychometric testing is designed to repeat questions in different ways to indicate whether the answers are consistent. This means that if you provide fake answers, it will probably be picked up. If you are trying too hard to fit yourself into a particular profile which is different from yours, it will show. While it is fine to make yourself look good, you have to be honest with your answers.
Psychometric testing may seem daunting, but if you approach it with the right attitude and follow the above mentioned pointers, you will do just fine! Contact FWA Organisational Development or look online to find out more.