Psychometric testing is an additional source of information employers can use to assist them with recruitment decisions. Psychometric testing results are unlikely to be used in on their own. Results will usually be considered in conjunction with other information: interview, behavioural assessment, academic results etc.
Types of psychometric tests include:
- Mental reasoning/aptitude tests: numerical, verbal, abstract/spatial reasoning
- Personality inventory/assessments
- Motivational fit
- Emotional intelligence, sometimes known as emotional quotient (EQ)
Methods of testing:
- Online or written multiple choice of preferential scale tests
- Gamified tests: Candidates engage in online games, with opportunities to make decisions, solve problems, show initiative etc
Check out our free online resources:
- "What is psychometric testing?" to see an example of psychometric testing and hear from the experts.
- "Using psychometrics and assessments"
- "How to overcome your fear of psychometric tests"
Careers Central regularly workshops on assessment centres which also cover psychometric testing. Check out which workshops are currently running and register your spot.
Practice psychometric testing
Whilst you cannot study for psychometric tests, you can practice psychometric testing to get an idea of what to expect. Below are several links to commonly used psychometric tests:
- Assessment Day - practice psychometric tests
- Cubiks - practice verbal and numerical reasoning tests
- Institute of Psychometric Coaching - practice aptitude tests
- Job Test Prep - practice aptitude tests, personality tests, interview and assessment centre preparation
- Kogan-Page & TFL - verbal, numerical & abstract reasoning tests
- Practice Aptitude Tests
- Practice Reasoning Tests
- Psychometric Success
- SHL Psychometric Testing - practice tests in the style typically used by large recruitment agencies