How can you pass your Psychometric Test?

When answering each question, remember…

The beauty of this sort of test, from an organisational point of view is that it provides a quick ‘snapshot’ of how you think and whether you are a good fit for the role. It is easy and cheap to administer and can reduce candidate numbers. From the applicants point of view it can be hard to know how you have done, or how you can do better next time. You may find out that you were unsuccessful and never really know why. You won’t usually be told which questions you got wrong or why

Passing the test

It’s important for you to understand exactly what is required and exactly what you must do to be successful. If you don’t get enough ticks in the right boxes you will be back to square one e.g. all the effort you’ve put in to completing a top notch application has been completely wasted because you have failed the SJT.

What we wouldn’t recommend is trying to second guess what the test is looking for too much. You will get tied up in knots if you ignore all your instincts.

However, you can make sure you are fully prepared to face this test, and practice is very valuable to help you get a sense of what works and what doesn’t.

Personality Testing

Other types of psychometric test explore personality e.g. what your preferences, motivations or character choices may be. There isn’t a right or wrong element to this sort of test, your answers will simply give your assessors more of an insight into the sort of person you are, what you value and how you are likely to behave.

Personality tests probably won’t have a set time scale but you may be advised to try to work through the questions quickly and that the test should take around 40 minutes or so.

Personality test results are not usually used as part of selection decisions but can be useful to inform any later development plans.

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