Most people leave their psychometric test with their head in a spin and wondering if they themselves arn’t just a little crazy. Unknown people behind the scenes are crunching the numbers, plugging them into a computer which will spit out a complete profile of your personality, strengths and weaknesses and the results will ultimately determine your suitability for employment.
So what exactly is psychometric testing?, where did it come from?, what are they looking? for and can we influence the outcome?
Psychometric testing, according to the boffins is the process of measuring a candidates relevant strengths and weaknesses. With the emergance of the Human Resources Departments airlines big and small are employing this technique with all new recruits whether your shooting for the check and training position or a line pilot with the regionals. This form of measurement is primarily used to assess a candidates employment suitability, including whether your personality will fit culturally within the company profile.
When it comes to cognitive testing i.e. numeric and spatial reasoning there is no doubt that a little preparation can improve your score. SHL, the organization responsible for conducting most of the testing allows you unlimited practice via their website and I strongly recommend taking them up on their offer. Jump onto their website and practice, practice, practice! You will start to recognize patterns and techniques and gradually see an improvement in your scores.
When it comes to personality profiling trying to influence the outcome gets a little tricky, why? Because the idea is that there is no right or wrong answers just personal preferences, interests and motivations. The best way to complete personality assessments is by answering without too much thought, just go with your first instinct. Once again just remember there is no right or wrong answers, don’t get tangled up with trying to second guess what the employer is seeking.
Remember, the night before your test get a good nights sleep and ensure you arrive well rested. Arrive at the location with plenty of time to spare. If you are unsure of any instructions be sure to ask your test facilitator. Be careful to read all of the instructions provided and read each question carefully to give yourself the best possible chance to answer as many questions as possible both correctly and accurately.
It is important to just be yourself- If you are the right person for the position the test results will work in your favour!