Do you have an upcoming assessment? Are you feeling uncertain about what to expect or the process that lies ahead? These questions and many others relating to psychometric assessments are completely normal. Whether it be for recruitment or development purposes, you may be seeking greater clarity surrounding the assessment process and what is likely to lie ahead. As such, we have put together some frequently asked questions and preparation tips that may put your mind at ease.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is it possible to prepare for an assessment?
Unfortunately, it is not possible to be 100% prepared for the specific psychometric assessments one has to complete on the assessment day. That being said, to feel more at ease regarding expectations on the day, it may be useful to familiarise yourself with the broad assessment types. There are also many websites that offer practice assessments. This may be particularly useful for those individuals who have not done assessments before.
- Can I pass or fail an assessment?
There is no pass or fail with assessments. While assessments may be utilised by the particular party that requested you complete assessments, as one part of the decision-making process, other methods and modalities such as interviews, reference checking and CVs, should be used in order to effectively predict job performance.
- What kinds of assessments will I be expected to complete?
There are many different types of assessments that are used in the assessment process and they can differ greatly from role to role. Some examples include ability, cognition, skills, personality, leadership, integrity etc. Furthermore, assessments tend to come in different formats such as multiple choice, true or false and interactive role plays, to name a few.
- How long do the assessments take?
The time it takes to complete assessments can vary. Some assessments are timed, while others are untimed. Thus, while it generally takes a few hours to complete the assessments (depending on the number of assessments you may have), it is best to keep your day as free as possible. Avoid scheduling meetings or any other commitments to ensure that you are free from distractions.
- Can I do some assessments at home prior to the assessment date?
Yes, depending on the type of assessment, some can be completed unsupervised (offsite) before the actual assessment day, while others require supervision (onsite or via the MS Teams platform with the assessor). Completing your unsupervised assessments before the assessment day may help cut back on the time and number of assessments that need completing on the assessment day. A quiet, comfortable environment may be helpful as this could prevent possible distractions or interruptions.
Assessment preparation tips before and on the assessment day
- Prior to the assessment day, make sure that you have a good night’s rest.
- Have a sufficient breakfast to ensure that you start your day with optimal energy levels.
- When completing your assessments online, utilising your own laptop, make sure that you have a good internet connection and that Google Chrome as well as Adobe Acrobat Reader are installed onto your laptop, as many assessments require these platforms in order to function effectively.
- You may also be required to connect with the assessor on the day, utilising the MS Teams platform, thus acquainting yourself with this platform would be beneficial.
- If you require glasses or hearing aids, ensure that you have these with you and use them when completing your assessments.
- Certain assessments may require the use of writing materials or a calculator, so it is important to have these on hand and in working order for assessments done via MS Teams.
- If you have a disability or inadequate access to technology which may impair your ability to take psychometric assessments, it is imperative that you communicate this in due time to the party requesting your assessments so that, together, we can make the necessary arrangements to accommodate you.
- Certain assessments may offer you time to engage with practice examples. This may be useful to get you comfortable with the types of questions you could be expected to complete.
- It is also important to note that different assessments have different answering styles and submission instructions. It is therefore important that you read all the instructions carefully and listen to the instructions given by the assessor.
- Ensure that your cell phone is switched off or placed on silent to avoid interruption.
- Try to remain punctual to the commencement time of the assessment day to avoid assessment delay.
- You are welcome to take breaks between assessments in order to clear your mind and regain your energy.
- If you have a full day’s worth of assessments, make sure to take a lunch break.
- Should you have uncertainties or require clarity on the assessment instructions, please feel free to engage with the assessor.
- Be honest and try your best.