During the job interview process, some employers require you to take an assessment test before they make a formal offer. This could mean a general assessment test to better understand your professional preferences and personality type, or a skill-specific test in a particular area (such as logic, grammar or math). As if performing well in an interview wasn’t stressful enough.
But job assessment tests are nothing to be afraid of. And approached with the right attitude, an assessment is actually a great opportunity for you to stand out from the competition. Here are just a few ways to help you pass a job assessment with flying colors.
Be sure to ask your potential employer what type of assessment test you’ll be expected to complete and approximately how long the test will take. This will give you a rough idea of what to expect.
If you’ll be completing a general assessment test, try taking a few practice personality assessment quizzes online (such as the Myers-Briggs personality test). By learning a bit more about your personal and professional behavioral traits, you’ll go into the assessment confident and knowledgeable about your abilities.
If you’re being tested in a specific area, be sure to review the basic concepts and seek out practice quizzes online. Many practice quizzes are readily available in math, grammar, spelling or literacy.
Inquire as to how the results of your test will be factored into the hiring decision. Without giving the impression that you lack competency in an area, ask how well you must perform on the assessment test in order to be considered for the position.
Taking the Test
On a general assessment test, try to answer all questions as honestly and consistently as possible. Remember, assessment tests often ask similar questions a number of times to measure whether or not you’re being sincere.
Read all questions carefully. The most common mistake people make on any type of exam or test is misreading questions or failing to properly follow instructions. Don’t let your nerves get the best of you. Take your time and ensure that you fully comprehend what’s being asked.
Consider the organization as you respond to general assessment questions. When possible, try to align your answers with the company’s corporate style.
The Waiting Game
After you’ve completed the assessment(s), make a few notes for yourself. This will allow you to speak knowledgably about the assessment process with your potential employer. Demonstrating that you took the test seriously will show them your commitment to the position.
Don’t be afraid to ask the hiring manager how you did. Even if you receive criticism or negative feedback, knowing how you might improve in the future is invaluable information.
For more help on how to prepare for a job assessment test, contact the trained staff at Sparks Group. With knowledge and experience in the field, we’d be happy to share our thoughts and help you excel on your next job assessment!