Psychometric tests

Understanding psychometric tests

Larger organisation typically use psychometric tests to screen applicants as part of their recruitment process.  They will often be used for graduate schemes but are now also commonly used in the recruitment process for the NHS and civil service jobs too.  Psychometric tests allow employers to filter students who are successful and put them through to the next stage of their process.

Types of tests:

Types of tests:

Ability/aptitude tests

Ability tests are formal tests designed to indicate how well you are able to carry out various aspects of a job i.e. to show employers your potential to do a task well. The tests are typically completed online and are usually a series of multiple choice questions taken under strict time limits. The most common tests used by graduate recruiters are verbal tests, numerical tests, diagrammatic/abstract/logical/spatial reasoning tests, industry-specific tests and situational judgement tests.

Personality tests

Personality questionnaires look at behavioural preferences. They are not concerned with your abilities, but how you see yourself in terms of your personality; for example, the way you relate to others, and how you deal with feelings and emotions. There are no rights or wrongs in behavioural style, so the best advice is to be honest in the way you answer the questions.

Help and support available to you with psychometric tests and assessment centres:

One to one support in the Careers Zone

For individual advice on preparing for psychometric tests, speak to our advisers. To arrange an appointment, call into a Careers Zone or phone us on 0151 231 2048/3719.

Practice aptitude tests online

Practice a wide variety of commonly used assessments to improve your chances of performing well in the real thing in your own time, at your own pace, and check out these other handy resources.

Download our Career Mini Guide

For further advice on psychometric tests, visit the resources page and download a copy of our handy mini guide.