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Psychometric tests in the job search process
Psychometric tests are techniques used to evaluate candidates for a particular job position. It’s a way for recruiters to get a good idea of the candidate’s personality and see if he or she is right for the job.
These aptitude tests, like job interviews, can be taken individually or in groups and can have different purposes, depending on the company and the position. Usually they all have the same goal, to find out the applicants’ abilities for teamwork and leadership, their emotional stability, personal and professional motivations, among others.
What are they going to ask me?
In every psychometric test, you’ll probably find questions about what your ideal job would be like. They may also ask you to describe your family and maybe even, draw some members, including yourself. Usually you also have to copy lines and shapes from a series of cards you’ll be given.
Finally, in many tests you’ll have to write a short story, maybe related to your drawings or as an answer to a question.
Remember: There are no right or wrong answers, you can’t study for these tests. However, we offer some tips that could be useful:
- When you take the test, be sure to be well rested, relaxed and with a clear head. Don’t feel too anxious or nervous.
- Read the instructions carefully. If you have any doubts, you should solve them before you start, asking the recruiter.
- Be honest, don’t try to pretend being something your’re not. Sincerity is key when answering about your personality.
- If you get stuck, move on to the next question. There’s usually little time to do the test, so you probably won’t be able to do it completely but don’t worry, the importance of the test isn’t in answering all the questions and doing all the drawings, it’s the conclusion the recruiters come to after they evaluate the test. This is what will tell them if you’re the person they’re looking for.