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What to expect from psychometric testing: So you’ve done your studying, you’ve got your degree – you thought tests were over! You were Wrong!!!!!! Psychometric tests are now used by over 75% of the Times Top 100 and by over 80% of the Fortune 500 companies so its pretty likely you will be hit by one  at some stage. Read more

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So you’ve done your studying, you’ve got your degree – you thought tests were over - you were wrong !!!


Psychometric tests are now used by over 75% of the Times Top 100 and by over 80% of the Fortune 500 companies so it’s pretty likely you will be hit by one at some stage.


The theory behind these tests is that it’s possible to quantify your personality by asking questions about your feelings thoughts and behaviour in a variety of situations. They are there for the company to try and get the best fit for the job description and the culture of the company. HR Departments love them because it allows them to tick off lots of their boxes in case something goes wrong at a later date.  


The reality is these are a series of multiple choice questions that don’t necessarily allow you to give a definitive answer and the results can leave you with the feeling that some skills you thought you had in abundance don’t even exist.  Don’t judge yourself or be left doubting your own abilities by the results – they’re used by different companies in different ways and what works for one doesn’t necessarily work for another. For some, they are just a small part of the recruitment process – for others they are the be all and end all.  


Psychometric tests fall into two main categories, Aptitude tests – what you can do skills-wise and personality tests – how you will perform a role. Some aptitude tests are role specific for example if you want to be an architect, or an engineer, however the most common are verbal and numerical reasoning.  


It’s  impossible to revise for these tests but a bit of preparation will take away the fear of the unknown on the day.  There are literally thousands of websites out there that can provide you with examples of what you might expect, so do some research.

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