Introduction to psychometric testing
Employers, seeking to reduce the time and expense of interviewing candidates that aren’t a good match, may include psychometric tests in the application process. A psychometric test can cover any number of personal attributes, from knowledge to personality traits. It can also test your psychological profile. What type of test an employer use is typically determined by the nature of the job that is open. For instance, a technical job may test your knowledge through numerical reasoning. A stressful, demanding, position might require a psychological or personality profile. A supervisory position may require questions that determine leadership qualities.
The test is administered in a series of questions that will test for the specific traits that an employer prefers for a position. The answers are rated compared to the average taken from a pool of similar candidates. Psychometric testing helps companies identify the hidden aspects of candidates that are difficult to extract from a face-to-face interview.