Tips For Psychometric Tests

Posted October 13, 2011, by Helen Isbister
  • Find out as much as you can about the test before the day and, if appropriate, ask if there are any 'past papers' to practise on.

  • Have a good night's sleep before the test and eat a healthy breakfast on the day.
  • If there is going to be a numeracy/literacy/reasoning component, practise doing these types of questions.

  • Read all instructions carefully, even if they seem obvious to you.

  • Don't be afraid to ask questions to the administrator.

  • If you're taking the test online from home, wear smart clothes and shoes and sit upright at a table to get into a business frame of mind.

  • Don't skim the questions to scope what looks easy or hard at the beginning; just move from one question to the next, pacing yourself.

  • Don't dwell on one question for too long – if you're not sure, leave it until the end and go back to it.

  • On personality components be honest and be yourself. Don't second-guess what the company wants you to say and don't attempt to cheat (they have ways to catch you out).

  • Don't worry! Even if you flunk the test, you're still in with a chance as the hiring decision is based on a combination of your resume, interview performance and presentation, work history and test results.
Helen Isbister

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