What Is Psychometric Testing?

What Is Psychometric Testing?

Written by: Jennifer Feldman
If you are applying for a new job, you have probably heard the term psychometric testing. You may be a little bit confused, especially as employers use the term ‘psychometric test’ to refer to many different forms of assessment. This is because psychometric testing is an umbrella term used to describe all the tests used by employers to assess a candidate’s performance. The term psychometric testing includes three main branches: aptitude tests, behavioural tests, and assessment day exercises.

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What Are Aptitude Tests?

Aptitude tests evaluate a candidate’s general knowledge, technical knowledge, reasoning, and skills. These tests are usually given online with time constraints. Numerical tests come in two main forms: numeracy tests and numerical reasoning tests. Numeracy tests focus on basic math calculations, while numerical reasoning exams assess more abstract math skills. Verbal tests focus on two main concepts: text analysis and linguistically-based questions. Text analysis involves reading passages and answering questions, while linguistic questions focus on word knowledge. Technical tests evaluate an individual’s technical abilities according to those needed for the specific position they are applying for.

What Are Behavioural Tests?

Behavioural tests are used to assess a potential candidate’s traits and whether they match those needed for the job. These tests are often untimed but lengthy. The most common behavioural tests are personality tests, leadership assessment tests, and situational judgement tests. Personality tests are used to create a personality profile of the incoming candidates. Leadership assessment tests focus on assessing whether a candidate has the personality traits needed to be a leader. Situational judgement tests present candidates with work-related scenarios, evaluating how they respond in each situation.

What Is Involved in an Assessment Day Exercise?

Assessment centre exercises are a form of assessment involving interpersonal interactions. The exercises vary in format from employer to employer. They may include role-playing tasks, group exercises, presentations, and case studies. These tasks are usually given under time constraints to stimulate a real-life work environment.

What Should I Do to Prepare?

It is crucial to take the time to prepare before your assessment day. This will help to eliminate stress as well as ensure your best characteristics come out. Practising online is the most effective way of preparing. When you take an online practice test, you experience the same time constraints as those on the actual exam. In the current competitive job market, you need to do everything in your power to land your dream job. Don’t miss out on a job because you did not put in the time to prepare!

JenniferFeldmanThis article was contributed by Jennifer Feldman. She is a speech and language expert and blogger at JobTestPrep. She specialises in writing about the employment hiring process.

 

 

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We have just taken down another scam involving a fake UK company called FP Plastics.

If you have applied for one of their fake jobs and get a job offer, do not send them any money in order to (allegedly) buying plane tickets, visas or work permits. If you have send them money, contact your bank or credit card provider and your local police to report the fraud.

The phone number listed on their fake website belongs to the real FP Plastics, so ringing them will not help you as the real company are victims as well.

As we keep on repeating over and over, in order to be able to work in Europe the employer needs to submit an application for a work permit. A prospective employee can NOT do this.

Work permits are only given to licensed companies who can not find their staff anywhere in Europe, i.e. there is a huge shortage not just in the UK, but all over Europe. This is normally the case only for doctors, medical staff and other highly specialised staff.

Check out the UK government website (or the relevant government website if the company is based elsewhere in the EU) to see if your skills qualify for a work permit.

The following is applicable for the UK only, but the procedure is the same all over the EU.

Getting sponsored

You need to be employed by a licensed sponsor to apply to live in the UK. You can download the list of licensed sponsors to see if the company who has offered you a job is on the list.

Your sponsor checks that you can do the job they’re hiring you for and if it qualifies you for a visa. They’ll assign you a certificate of sponsorship to prove this.

They must also give you other information you need when you apply, for example how much you’ll be paid.

How long it will take

You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before the day you’re due to start work in the UK. This date is listed on your certificate of sponsorship.

You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.

Check the guide processing times to find out how long getting a visa might take in your country.

So…..:

  1. Check the company online to see if they are real. You can use Companies House (UK only) to check if they really exist. A fake website can be created in no time.
  2. You can use LinkedIn.com to see if there are any employees listed for this company. Be very careful when you see anonymous LinkedIn accounts such as:
  3. Search Google for “Scam” and the company name. This will give you links to sites such as Scamwarners and others.
  4. Do a search for the domain name on Whois.com or websites of domain name providers. If the domains are registered recently, be very careful. The domain name should show a contact name. If this person uses a gmail address or another email address not linked to the company, again, be very suspicious.
  5. Never, ever pay a company to get a job. A company normally pays your (big) expenses and they will generally not ask you to pay them. Paying a company in the EU to get a job is generally regarded as bribing and is illegal.