Psychometric testing has become an integral part of the recruitment process for many companies.
Want advice on how to do well in them? The only good advice is to be yourself and answer all questions truthfully.
Psychometric test are designed to find out your strengths, weaknesses, personality traits and any other factors that influence your suitability for the position. Some of them give very accurate results indeed.
The trap that many fall into when sitting a psychometric test is to try and give the answer that they think will be what is required for the job rather than how they actually feel or think.
A question could be something like:
You are shopping and on leaving the till you realise you have been given too much change. What do you do?
- Go back straight away and hand back the money
- It depends on the amount and if I am rushing or not
- No way am I giving it back, I get charged too much for everything, Finders Keepers.
- Donate some of the money to charity
- Donate all of the money to charity
If you are thinking about what you should do rather than what you would do you will answer “1, Go back straight away and hand back the money”.
The trouble with that is, if you are not the sort of person that would do that then it will show up in other questions. You are exceedingly unlikely to do well in a psychometric test in this way. You will come across as a Walter Mitty character rather than the person you really are.
Have some faith in yourself. Quite apart from anything else it takes the pressure off you when you are doing these tests. You can’t do any preparation for them that is worthwhile so try to look at it as fun. Also, try to get a copy of your results. They may give you an insight into yourself that will help you in the future.