Psychometric testing

Psychometric testing refers to the process of measuring a candidate's relevant strengths and weaknesses. Psychometric testing measures a number of attributes including intelligence, critical reasoning, motivation and personality profile. The aim of psychometric tests is to gain an accurate bearing of the candidate's cognitive abilities and personality/behavioural style.

These days, outside of education, you are most likely to encounter psychometric testing as part of the recruitment or selection process. These tests are devised by occupational psychologists with an aim to provide employers with a reliable method of selecting the most suitable job applicants or candidates for promotion.

As a recruitment and selection tool, these tests can be applied in a straightforward way at the early stages of selection to screen-out candidates who are likely to be unsuitable for the job. They can also provide management with guidance on career progression for existing employees.

Because of their importance in making personnel decisions it is vital that the tests themselves are known to produce accurate results based on standardized methods and statistical principles. Don't make assumptions about your own abilities just take a test and know for yourself.

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