Also known as psychometric tests, selection tests are a way of testing your skills either individually or in a group situation. Tests can take a variety of forms depending on the job role and are usually timed eg giving a presentation, taking part in a group exercise, logical reasoning and maths, IT skills.
Many employers also use personality questionnaires designed to give them a profile of your preferences, working style and interests. There are no right or wrong answers to these questionnaires so answer them honestly and do not attempt to second guess the answers.
Some selection tests will form part of a wider assessment centre or they may be a way of deciding who to interview eg online programming testing for roles in the computer industry.
Before the selection test
- Find out as much as you can about the tests you will take
- Practise similar tests under timed conditions so you will be used to working under pressure
- Revise the subject where you can eg maths and IT skills
- Make sure the employer knows if you have need any special provisions as they may allow extra time or be able to make adjustments
Taking the test
- Always follow the instructions for timing and format
- Ask if you are unclear about anything
- Keep calm and work as accurately as you can
- If you get stuck move on to the next question
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