To be sure that the right person will be hired it’s increasingly common to supplement interviews with psychological tests, so-called aptitude tests. These tests measure how the applicant's skills and abilities measure up to the demands of the position.
With the help of these tests the employer will atempt to form a general opinion of the applicant's personality, talents and social skills. The tests are only used to draw a rough division of the applicants. They are often used to determine which applicant will be called in for in-depth interviews.
The aptitude tests usually consist of written exams, situational exercises, presentations and interviews. Preparing for an aptitude test is similar to preparing for an interview.
- Remember that you are being tested for the job you have applied for. Try to bring out the qualities necessary for the position.
- Applicants who are capable of maintaining interest throughout a long test, demonstrate they possesses endurance and the ability to work under stress. Your best preparation will be sleeping a good night's sleep and answering honestly.
- If you are not chosen this time, take the application process as good experience.
- Don't try to bluff. Don't answer the questions in a way that you think the employer wants you to. Be yourself and answer honestly. Bluffing in aptitude tests always leads to bad results.
- You have the right to receive feedback (either written or verbal) for your aptitude tests. Ask for the feedback - you might learn something new about yourself.
In career guidance you have opportunity to, with the help of tests, figure out which occupations, jobs, branches and education you are interested in. The aim is to help you recognize your strong and weak qualities as well as areas that can be developed.
If you wish to familiarize yourself with different types of analyses and tests you can check out the Employment Office’s AVO-test (in swedish). Career Services is licensed to give Thomas analyses to students at Hanken. You can read more about the Thomas analysis here.