Employers use psychometric testing to help determine who will make the best fit for a role and culturally align to the company. Psychometric tests measure your competencies, motivations, intelligence, preferences and personality traits under standardised conditions to create a more complete picture of you alongside your resume, interview answers and referee comments.
The most common psychometric tests are aptitude tests and personality questionnaires, which may also form part of an assessment centre process.
Aptitude tests measure your intellectual abilities as well as your potential to learn and understand new information in a limited timeframe. The most common aptitude tests include:
• Verbal reasoning - analysing written information;
• Numerical reasoning - interpreting numerical/statistical data;
• Abstract reasoning - analysing a problem presented visually;
• Perceptual ability - aptitude with pictures and diagrams;
• Information checking - attention to detail, correcting errors; and
• Spatial reasoning - aptitude with plans and 3D shapes.
To prepare for aptitude tests, refresh your skills with crosswords, word games and math puzzles. Practice free online sample tests to get used to the style of questions. On the day, be sure to read instructions carefully and try to balance speed with accuracy.
Personality questionnaires assess your behavioural style, opinions and motivations. As well as revealing your interests, preferences and values in a work context. Personality questionnaires aim to establish how you:
• Think, feel and act in different situations;
• Relate to others;
• Approach and solve problems; and
• Cope with conflict and stress.
There are no right or wrong answers in personality questionnaires, you simply need to answer honestly and consistently. You may find it useful to practice free online sample tests to become familiar with the types of questions you will be asked.