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
- Skill / knowledge / ability testing
- Personality Assessments
- Job Simulations
- Situational Judgment
- Mental Ability
- Integrity or Honesty Testing
- Attitude / Preference Testing
Preparing for a Test
- There is little you can do to prepare for a personality test.
- If you will be taking a skill / knowledge / ability test, brush up on any areas or skills that you may be less familiar with.
- Logic tests - search the internet to find some brain teasers or puzzles.
- Try to be well rested and positive on test day.
- Take the tests seriously: always do your best and dress professionally, regardless of who you may or may not see.
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.
- Be honest while taking a personality test. Some tests are designed to identify dishonest test takers.
- In tests designed to gain insight into your work style or personality, keep in mind that there are no right or wrong answers.
- Unless the test is timed, take your time. Double check your work if possible.
- Don't be afraid to ask for clarification.