Aptitude testing is becoming increasingly prevalent in hiring processes. While each company might use slightly different tests with varying levels of difficulty, it’s important to set yourself up to succeed. Below are a few tips to help you out.
1. Use a good quality computer that isn’t going to freeze or crash during the testing.
2. Make sure you have a good Internet connection that isn’t going to drop out – this could affect the time limit and mean you get through fewer questions.
3. Don’t do the test tired or hungover. Get a good night’s sleep and make sure you feel fresh.
4. Don’t leave the test to the last minute – know when you need to have it completed by and set aside a time where you can be in a good frame of mind with no distractions to ensure the best outcome.
5. If the test is being done in the office of the hiring company, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to arrive, find the building and get settled in.
6. Understand the style and format of the test. Doing a few practice tests is a good way to get a feel for the type of questions you will be asked. GMAT tests can be a good way to prepare for aptitude testing.
7. Don’t freak out if you can’t complete every question – a lot of tests will have hundreds of questions and the idea is just to get through as many as you can. Some tests will deduct marks for incorrect answers so avoid rushing through for the sake of getting more questions done.
8. Be honest in psychometric testing. It’s often a good idea to go with your first answer to the question – don’t second guess yourself. It will be clear to the hiring manager if you’ve tried to provide answers you think they want to hear.
9. If something goes wrong, communicate with the hiring company – more often than not you will be able to retake the test if there was a technical issue.
Final round testing can feel high pressure, but great results can really help you stand out from a pool of candidates who may have similar education and experience.