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.