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:
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 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.
We offer psychometric testing practice sessions to help you. For dates of upcoming sessions, check our event website.
Practice tests online
Looking to practise ability tests and personality questionnaires? Head to Careers Zone 24/7 and sign up to get practising in your own time, at your own pace.
Download our Career Mini Guide
For further advice on psychometric tests, visit the resources page and download a copy of our handy mini guide.