If you apply for a place on a graduate scheme, the chances are that you’ll be asked to take an online test. These are often used early in the recruitment process as a way of filtering through their large volume of applications.
Our top tip for succeeding in this stage of the recruitment process is to practise, as this is the only way that you’ll be able to improve your performance. Throughout this article, you’ll find links to practice sites, as well as what different online tests may look like.
Employers use these tests to explore how well you reason with numerical, written or diagrammatical data. They are popular with graduate employers, will have right and wrong answers and are usually timed. In order to give your best performance, you will need to try out some practice tests so you know what to expect. We’ve included some links below.
Situational judgement tests
These tests are designed to see how you would behave in work-based situations - you can expect these to be similar to those that you would face in the role that you are applying for. To perform well in these tests, research the role that you will be applying for using the job description, think about the required skills, find out what the company values or beliefs are.
Personality Assessments will assess your typical behaviour when presented with different situations and your preferred way of going about things. They examine how likely you are to fit into the role and company culture, so it’s important to answer honestly and avoid thinking about what the profile of an ideal candidate might look like. Make sure that you read all of the options before answering and remain consistent throughout.
A recent development in the recruitment process is gamified testing. These tests will measure personality, decision-making and cognitive ability through assessment that uniquely combines neuroscience, psychometrics and game technology to help match people to the right jobs. Typically, you will be faced with cognitive-based tasks that involve playing short rapid-response games or playing longer interactive scenarios.
Our key advice for all of the above is to get ahead of the game and try out some online tests. You can view our Psychometric Test help-sheet.
All students have access to Graduates First, a platform that gives you access to a variety of Industry-standard psychometric tests and other job assessment preparation tools. You’ll also find detailed guides from over 100 graduate employer’s recruitment stages and hints on how to pass their assessment processes. You can sign up for a free account here using your university email address.
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