Here at Puro People we have integrated psychometric assessments as part of our standard recruitment process when we are placing candidates in permanent positions. These assessments are great for providing insight into your personality, motivators, capabilities and give your new manager tips on how best to manage you and keep you engaged at work.

Finding out that you have to complete these assessments can be daunting especially if you have never completed anything like it before but we believe once you know what to expect, it will help to minimise any anxiety and set you up for the best possible outcome.

So, lets cover off on what a psychometric assessment actually is.

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A psychometric assessment is used to measures a person’s suitability for a role based on their intellectual capabilities and personality traits. Psychometric assessments usually cover two areas – abilities assessments and personality profiling.

It is important to remember that it is not the be-all and end-all, but part of a wider evaluation strategy to determine who is the best person for a role.

Abilities assessments – what you need to know
Abilities assessments or aptitude tests measure your intellectual capabilities as well as your problem-solving skills and your ability to understand new information in a limited timeframe. The most common tests are:

Aptitude tests tend to be multiple-choice, and they are usually timed, requiring the participant to work quickly through the questions in a distraction free environment.

How to prepare for an ability assessment
While you can’t study for aptitude tests per se, there are a few things you can do to prepare for them, such as:

Example question – Verbal reasoning
Find the two statements that together prove that Rita has red hair.

1: Rita has long hair.

2: Rachael has red hair.

3: Rachael is ten years old.

4: Rita’s hair is the same colour as Rachael’s.

5: Rachael has short hair.

Hopefully you picked the correct answer, 2 & 4.

Example question – Numerical reasoning
Find the missing number in the following sequence:

75 78 74 ? 73 76 72

A: 78     B: 79     C: 76     D: 77     E: 75

The correct answer would be D

Example question – Abstract reasoning

Which arrow follows the pattern?

The correct answer would be D

Personality assessments – what you need to know
Personality assessments aim to inform decision-makers about your behavioural style, interests, preferences and motivations. The format can vary and may include multiple-choice, True/False or a sliding scale. A personality profile gives the hirer an idea of such things as how you relate to others, how you approach and solve problems, how you prefer to be managed and how you handle stress and conflict.

While there are no “right” or “wrong” answers, it is really important to not over-think your responses or try to gear your answers towards how you think you should respond as this might create an inaccurate impression of you. It’s important to be open and honest.

How to prepare for a personality assessment
Approach these assessments like you would any other part of the selection process by:

Example question – Personality assessment (sliding scale)

I enjoy talking to strangers.

  1. Never
  2. Sometimes
  3. Neutral
  4. Usually
  5. Always

The correct answer is the one that you feel best relates to you most of the time.

Hopefully now, armed with all of this information, the next time you’re asked to complete a psychometric assessment you will feel much more prepared.

Good luck.