Job assessment tests are a reality when you're seeking a job, and sometimes even when you're comfortably placed in a job. Employers want to know if you can handle all of the responsibilities that you'll be assigned and may test current employees to gauge their knowledge and skill set. Taking a job assessment test may make you feel like you're back in high school, but with the right preparation, you can pass a job assessment test with ease.
Ask the person issuing the test what subject matter the test will cover. Depending on the nature of your job, you may have to complete a practical test to show your skills on your job or a written test that contains questions about knowledge you'll need to have to perform your job correctly. Having a general idea of what the test will cover can help you in your test preparation.
Study as much as possible if you know you'll have a job assessment test. You may need only a quick review of some of your rustier skills, but refreshing your memory can go a long way in helping you pass your test. It may also help to speak to an employee who has recently taken the assessment test so you can gauge the difficulty level.
Take a practice test online to prepare you. SHL People Performance offers practice tests in a variety of areas, including mathematics, mechanical and personality tests, depending on what your employer prefers. Taking a few online tests can prepare you so that you're less stressed and nervous when you go to take your job assessment test, notes "How to Use the Internet to Get Your Next Job," a book by career counselors Janet Nagle and Donna Fitzgerald.
Write honest answers to questions. Unless it's a mechanical or mathematical test, chances are that most questions and answers are meant to gauge your personality and level of skill. By answering honestly, even if you're not sure of what the employer wants, you're showing your true colors as an employee. If you're dishonest in your answers, you might initially impress an employer only to let the company down when you don't deliver as an employee.
Ask for feedback on your job assessment test and take your employer's constructive criticism to heart, suggests Cheryl Buxton of "The Wall Street Journal." Taking the initiative to ask about your assessment test is impressive, even if your test results weren't. It also gives you the chance to explain your understanding of the questions, and why you answered certain questions in the way you did.
- SHL People Performance: Practice Tests
- "The Wall Street Journal": Tips for Taking Assessment Tests
- "How to Use the Internet to Get Your Next Job"; Janet Nagle, Donna Fitzgerald; 2009