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What is a psychometric test and how do they work?

A psychometric test, also known as an Aptitude Test, is a common part of many modern-day interviews and assessments. Psychometric tests take many forms and are an umbrella term for any assessment that tests one’s cognitive ability or personality. They are now more commonly administered online and will consist of a series of questions whereby you must submit your answers within the time limits.

If you haven’t yet encountered a psychometric test then you will very likely do so in the future as they are becoming increasingly utilized as an early stage of an assessment application. Recruiting companies like to use them as a means of filtering out large applicant pools to a much slimmer, manageable pool. As a result, many applicants may struggle to ever get past this stage.

Psychometric tests are an objective way to measure the potential ability of candidates to perform well in a job role. This is due to psychometric tests measuring a range of skills from cognitive abilities, knowledge to assessing your personality. They are an extremely popular tool in business recruitment if you are applying for a job (especially graduate schemes) you may have to take some form of psychometric test(s) as a preliminary round of the application process.

Why are psychometric tests used in recruitment?

Traditionally recruiters studied your CV and qualifications and made a decision based on an interview.
Extensive research has shown that actually this is a fairly poor way to pick which candidates are going to be best for the job. What’s a better way? You guessed it: a psychometric test. In fact, many employers use a combination of interviews, assessments and psychometric tests.
The power of psychometric testing is that there is a strong correlation between test scores and job performance, i.e. if you score highly in a psychometric test, the chances are that you are going to perform well in the job. As an employer, their predictive qualities make psychometric tests very attractive. Add the fact that they can be administered quickly and efficiently on a large scale and you can see why psychometric tests have become the norm, especially for graduate recruitment.

As mentioned, the term ‘psychometric test’ is an umbrella term that covers both ability testing and personality profiling. There are many forms of psychometric tests including:

• Numerical Reasoning
• Verbal Reasoning
• Inductive Reasoning
• Diagrammatic Reasoning
• Logical Reasoning
• Critical Thinking
• Situational Judgement
• Mechanical Reasoning
• Deductive Reasoning

As a candidate, the best way to prepare for your psychometric test is to practice and find out what the test is like.

Numerical Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning are two of the most popular tests used to assess a candidate’s ability. If you are applying to graduate schemes or know that the application process for your desired job will include psychometric tests, it’s very likely that it will include one of these tests.

So let’s take a deeper look into these two popular test types…

Numerical Reasoning

Numerical Reasoning tests are the most popular psychometric test, outside of personality profiling, and so it is important that you are adept at handling this sort of test.
Numerical Reasoning tests are used to measure a candidate’s ability to interpret numerical data. You must be able to analyze and draw conclusions from the data, which could be presented in tables or graphs. Many candidates may fear a numerical reasoning test, believing that the maths involved will be too complex. The tests aren’t designed to test the limits of a candidate’s mathematical ability, but more to test your ability to use simple mathematical data to solve problems.

Verbal Reasoning

A Verbal Reasoning Test is used to assess a candidate’s ability to comprehend a passage of text. You will, most likely, be presented with a written passage and asked to answer a series of questions with either ‘True’, ‘False’ or ‘Cannot Say’ on the basis of the information given.
You must only use the information that is written in the passage and not use any pre-existing knowledge you may have on the topic as they are not testing this, they’re testing your ability to understand the text.


Why LinkedIn is Part of Your Career?

LinkedIn was founded in 2002 and launched in 2003. It is an employment-orientation tool that functions using websites and mobile apps. We are told that it has almost 600 million registered users in over 200 countries. Used for networking and posting jobs, it’s primary and most usage is for employees to share the following main details about themselves (including a picture) in order to source a new employment / new business and indeed inform interested people where they are now in their career/business:

  • Career History
  • Education
  • Training Courses
  • Accomplishments
  • Interests
  • Testimonials

LinkedIn is like your CV On-Line i.e. called a Profile and unlike a CV needs to be updated consistently. We tend to update our CV when we want to change job or career, however with LinkedIn, you don’t know who is looking at your profile and when including:

  • Recruiters
  • Headhunters
  • Previous bosses
  • Previous work colleagues
  • Friends
  • Academics
  • Business associates
  • Existing clients
  • New clients


As with the last two points above, the self-employed, especially people working on their own, need to be on LinkedIn as many potential new clients make an opinion of whether or not to meet you, based on your LinkedIn Profile (and testimonials).

Updating your LinkedIn Profile on a regular/consistent basis has many advantages:

  • You can include the updates details when it is fresh in your mind
  • Your profile will rank higher if people look for someone of your skills, talents and background
  • People who read your profile are getting the latest, most up-to-date version of you
  • It gives you a sense of satisfaction and achievement as you update it, for example, a new job, promotion, education/training course, a new project
  • It can make it easier to update your CV when you wish to apply for new job opportunities that may have short closing date notices


Stay linked to the world that can help you achieve your job/career/business goals using LinkedIn…