5 Steps to Pass a Pre-Employment Assessment
If you’re on the hunt for a job, you are quite likely to be asked to complete at least one behavioural test during the hiring process before you get the job you want. These tests are used for employers to get to know you, and can literally make or break your application.
Lots of companies will use pre-employment tests like the Predictive Index or the Caliper Personality Test to weed out those with personality traits they don’t think would do well in each specific position. Keep reading to learn what to expect, how to prepare for a pre-employment test, and how to pass.
1. What to Expect
Pre-employment tests can show potential employers how likely you are to get your work done, your learning ability, preferences in the workplace, and more. It can give an HR person insight into the type of person you are, and the likelihood that you will fit in with the company’s goals and objectives.
2. How to Prepare
The best way to prepare is to be self-aware, and honest with yourself. Do you really want to get a job if you have to lie on a test? Pretending to be something you’re not won’t help you or the employer any good. Some things to keep in mind as you go through the preparation for the test:
- Remember there are good and bad personality tests.
- Always ask for the results and show that you want to learn from the experience.
- Practice answering questions ahead of time.
- Be honest and open.
- Take the test in the context of what you’re like at work, not at home.
If you think that hiring someone based on a pre-employment assessment result is unfair, consider that more than 50 percent of all people lie on their resume. It’s hard to judge a person’s tendencies until you see them on a test, so an assessment test makes hiring more than just a guessing game. The tests offer the employer scientific insight, which is why they’re used today.
3. Possible Outcomes
After the assessment, there are three possible outcomes:
- You get the job.
- You are offered a position other than the one for which you applied.
- You get turned down.
4. How to Pass
You can sign up for a job test prep, which is often the first step for people actively looking for jobs. If you choose not to do this, be aware there are two different structures of these tests: those that have you select traits from a checklist, like the Predictive Index survey, or those that ask questions that can be perceived as leading.
Tests like the Predictive Index don’t use questions, and are much harder to guide. This test offers a series of adjectives, and you have to only check the boxes that describe you. There’s nothing leading, so it’s harder to guess which adjectives would indicate you’re the best candidate for the job.
Tests with leading questions are easier to deal with, because you can study the company, job requirements, and even look at the hiring manager’s online profiles to get some idea as to the answers they want on the test.
5. Honesty is the Best Policy
All in all, the best thing to do when you’re asked to perform a pre-employment assessment is to be honest and open. Fill in your answers quickly and don’t second-guess yourself. Try to answer as naturally as possible and don’t try to trick the test.