ARTICLE 3: How to prepare for psychometric
The following articles is the third of a series of 3 about psychometric
testing. this helps you to prepare for them.
After reading the last 2 articles by Nicole Fomin and now that you have
a better understanding of what psychometric assessments are, why they
are used and seen some examples, how can you prepare to ensure that you
perform to your best?
1) Know the tests....
If you are invited to an assessment day or to complete assessments
on-line, you have a right to know why they are being used and what the
assessments will be. This will help to put your mind at ease and assist
you in gaining a better understanding of the selection process. If you
are not provided with this information then you should ask for it. When
sending out this kind of information, employers may also provide you
with example questions.
2) Do practice....
If you know what kind of assessments you will be asked to do then a bit
of practice will make you more confident. Although you may not be able
to revise in the traditional sense of the word, there are things you
can do to help you deal with assessments. You could buy some books
which have example questions, alternately, for numerical assessments
you can practice doing sums in your head so that you are able to do
simple calculations quickly, this could save you precious seconds.
3) Be prepared....
There are a few basic things which can be done to put you in good shape
for an assessment day:
· Make sure you have a good nights sleep before the test, being tired
will impact on your performance.
· Try not to have a long stressful journey to the assessment day, this
may be unavoidable if you live far away, but some companies will pay
for candidates to stay over night before an assessment.
· Remember if you have been invited to an assessment day the employer
is interested in learning more about you, you are not there so that
they can catch you out!
· And finally, remain calm and do your best - good luck.
1: Why do Employers use Psychometric Tests?
2: What are Psychometric Tests? Illustrated examples
About the author of this article:
Nicole Fomin is a consultant psychologist at Human Factors
International. She has worked with government and corporate bodies,
designing assessment centres and advising on screening and selection
Human Factors International provide psychometric assessments, both
paper and online as well as administrator training, assessment centre
design and a full range of business psychology consultancy services
around the world.