You’ve heard of psychometric tests, and you’ve probably completed one by now. But we have to ask, are they actually relevant? After all, if you’ve studied for a particular career and have been trained accordingly – surely that’s enough?
Well actually, no.
You see, the fact that you can do a job doesn’t automatically mean you will do it well. Additionally, it does not make you a good fit for a company that is recruiting for someone like you.
If you’ve dismissed psychometric testing as a whole lot of snake oil, we’d like to encourage you to read on. You may be surprised at what these tests reveal.
What are Psychometric Tests?
First off, let’s be clear about what psychometric testing is. In its most basic sense, psychometric tests highlight who you are as a person. This has very little to do with your intelligence or age, or how many years you spent at university. Rather, it relates to your values, how you will probably respond in a given situation, and how you are likely to get on with others.
Atmanco sums it up like this: “A psychometric test can measure several aspects in a person: resistance to stress, degree of leadership, emotional stability, level of sociability, relationships with others, learning capacity and learning mode, thinking structure, motivation.”
So what? Whether or not you’re sociable doesn’t impact your efficiency at work, right?
The Value of Psychometric Testing in the Workplace
More recruiters and hiring managers are turning to psychometric tests as a way of screening candidates for a role. Your CV only reveals a small portion of who you are and how you’re likely to perform at work, and an in-person interview can be coloured by nerves or other external factors.
The fact is, most people can learn most things. The differentiating factors hide in little-known factors such as:
- How quickly can we learn
- How we process information
- How are we going to get on with the existing team
- How we take direction
- How our value system impacts our working day
- What our communication style is
- How we respond under stressA
So, you may have 20 people who can do a job, but only five of them will fit into a team and work well under the existing management.
What Does This Mean for You?
Completing a psychometric test when applying for a job or entering a new phase of your life is an incredibly exciting thing. It helps you to better understand where you’ll fit without having to change who you are or how you behave. It means that you’re more likely to find your space and follow your career in a company that celebrates who you are, where you’re comfortable and can thrive.
What happens if a recruiter tells you that you don’t fit in a certain role that you were interested in?
Walk away with a smile. You’ve probably just saved yourself years of Blue Monday’s working in a place that isn’t going to support who you really are.
In closing, we’d like to encourage you to explore who you are with an open mind, not trying to be someone you’re not. You’ll find that this knowledge will have a positive impact on your world, from choosing the right roommate at university to finding the right job.