Many employers are using pre-employment tests or assessments to help in the hiring process. Pre-employment testing is not only designed to help an employer select an employee, it is also meant to help predict a good fit.
Types of Pre-employment Tests
- Personality Assessments
- Job Simulations
- Situational Judgment
- Mental Ability
Preparing for a Test
- Take the test seriously, these tests can make or break your candidacy.
- Brush up on skills that may be tested.
- Exercise your brain using puzzles or brain teasers to prepare for logic tests.
- Get plenty of sleep the night before.
- Dress professionally, as you would for any interview.
- Do not try to prepare for a personality test.
Taking the Test
- Tests can be administered via paper-and-pencil formats, using a computer and/or the internet, or in person with a hiring manager, human resources or a third party. Be prepared for all scenarios.
- Don't try to "game" a personality test, some tests are designed to identify inconsistencies.
- In tests designed to gain insight into your work style or personality, keep in mind that there are no right or wrong answers.
- Take your time, unless the test is timed.
- Don't be afraid to ask for clarification.