Everything you need to know about psychometric tests

Getting a graduate job certainly isn’t easy and there are plenty of hoops you need to jump through and boxes you need to tick before receiving a job offer. Many employers now use psychometrics tests as part of their recruitment process.

These tests help them to determine how suitable graduates are for their roles.

Being asked to complete a psychometric test can be daunting, especially if you have never done one before, but there’s no need to panic.


What are psychometric tests?

Many employers use the term ‘psychometric test’ to refer to various assessments, but generally there are three types of assessment that you may be asked to complete: aptitude tests, behavioural tests and assessment centre exercises.

These assessments are developed to assess your skill set and potential for success in any given role.

The importance of psychometric tests vary depending on the industry that you want to enter into.

If you are applying for a Trainee Account role, for example, numeracy will obviously be a key skill that they employer assesses. If you want a role in publishing, your literacy skills are likely to be put to the test.


  1. Aptitude tests

Common aptitude tests include numeracy, literacy and abstract reasoning. Many graduate employers use these tests to assess whether graduates have the required level of knowledge/skills for the role they have applied for.

Many aptitude tests have time constraints. The purpose of this is to see how well you perform under pressure.

There’s plenty of deadlines involved in the workplace and employers want to see that you can meet them.

If an employer does ask you to complete an aptitude test, you should research the assessment online, read any instructions carefully and see if there are practice questions available.


  1. Behavioural tests

The most common form of behavioural tests that employers ask graduates to complete are personality tests. As the name suggests, these tests are to determine whether your personality is a good fit for the role you have applied for.

Behavioural tests are usually untimed, so don’t rush and don’t panic.

These tests are usually very straight forward to complete and you should answer them honestly rather than trying to second-guess what the employer is looking for.


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Employers are simply trying to see if you’re a good fit for the role, their business and their current team.

There’s no point lying and ending up in a role that you’re not well-suited to, that’s not good for anyone.


  1. Assessment centre exercises

Assessment centres are used to assess your interpersonal interaction. Employers use various exercises that may include group exercises, presentations and work-related simulations.

For more advice on how stand out during group interviews take a look at this article.


How should you prepare for psychometric tests?

Employers won’t usually expect you to prepare for psychometric tests, however it’s important that you do some research and plan ahead so that you can feel more confident about tackling them.

If your research doesn’t reveal much, don’t worry.

Remember, every graduate has to complete these assessments and you can only do your best.

If you are completing psychometric tests at home, do make sure that you are in a quiet environment with no distractions.


Bringing it all together

Psychometric tests are just another hurdle that you have to face before landing a fantastic graduate job. They aren’t particularly difficult and if you’re focused and confident you shouldn’t have any trouble.

TIP: If you are unsuccessful following a psychometric test, do ask for feedback.

Your results will give you areas to improve and may reveal new things about you!

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