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What are Psychometric Tests? How do they help the recruitment process?

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Psychometric tests are a great tool that both businesses and recruitment and HR professionals can greatly benefit from. They make the recruitment process smoother and more efficient.


What are they?

Psychometric tests are a kind of assessment method that allows an employer to analyse traits, attitudes and aptitudes of candidates. How? They measure psychological aspects and explore the motivations behind an individual’s behaviour.

What kinds of tests are there?

There are three types of tests:

  • personality
  • ability
  • competence

They all feature multiple choice questions and answers. Personality tests aim to understand how a candidate behaves in a work environment. Ability tests analyse logical, verbal and numerical reasoning. Finally, competence tests look at skills and knowledge strictly related to the job role the candidate is applying for.


How can they help recruitment and HR professionals, as well as businesses?

Psychometric tests help speed up the selection process and discover useful information on the candidate’s abilities and personality. This ensures you hire the best fit for the vacant role and waste fewer resources on the process, ultimately saving the business money.

Are the misconceptions about the tests valid?

Some people think that psychometric tests are expensive, time-consuming, easy to cheat on and unreliable. Some even think that they overrule the traditional hiring process. All these misconceptions couldn’t be more wrong. 70% of UK companies with over 50 employees use psychometric tests because of how efficient they are at improving the recruitment process.


There is so much more to know about psychometric tests. For this reason, we’ve created a great resource, a guide called ‘Psychometric Testing Explained’, which explores all these questions in greater depth. You can find it here.



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