Most employers use psychometric tests as part of their recruitment process. In the vast majority of cases, these tests are supplied by special assessment companies who outsource their psychometric and aptitude test batteries to be used by employers.
When preparing for a job interview it’s very important to find out which specific test provider will be supplying the psychometric tests. While all these companies provide similar test types (Numerical Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Situational Judgment etc), each test provider has a particular method and style of testing.
For this reason, preparing for a particular company will give you a huge advantage at assessment centers and interviews.
Psychometric test providers
One of the most widely used and well-known companies are SHL but they are only one of many different examples. Here is a list of links to membership practice packages of the major psychometric test provider companies:
How do I pass a psychometric test?
Remember, there are no right or wrong answers in personality tests, and aptitude tests are often used as a starting point for recruitment. When taking these tests, make sure you:
- Read the instructions carefully;
- Work through accurately;
- Be honest;
Practise so that you’re not distracted by the style or formatting of questions; pay attention to what you’re being asked but don’t dwell for long – move to the next question if you’re unsure.
Where can I practice psychometric tests?
Your careers or employability service may provide training or practice in a range of psychometric tests. It’s also worth visiting the website of the organisation to which you are applying, as some large companies provide practice testing and coaching on how to improve scores, although there may be a cost.