It is becoming more and more common for employers to use assessment tests as part of the job screening process. Assessment tests differ from employer to employer and can be based on specific professions.
It is crucial that you prepare yourself for a job assessment test. From the moment you send in your resume, you should be ready for every aspect of the interview process. You never know when you will receive that anticipated call to come in for an interview. Here are some helpful tips on how to prepare:
1. Learn Which Test You Will Face
Before you begin your preparation, do some research on the assessment tests you will face. Some companies don’t like to reveal this information but don’t worry about this too much.
There’s a good chance that at least some information is out there about your assessment. This is especially true if you’re applying within a specific industry or to a large company.
You can do some research online, and when you get that first phone call, make sure to ask about any potential assessment tests. Don’t forget to ask about which specific test you will be expected to take. There are two popular categories of job assessments: aptitude tests and behavioral tests.
2. Find out Who Provides the Test
There are many different testing companies, and each provides its own style of employment assessment exams. It is crucial to find out which assessment company’s test you are taking and to review questions based on that test.
When preparing for a practice test, make sure to familiarize yourself with the directions, question style, length, and, most importantly, the areas the test covers.
3. Find Friends Who Went through the Same Process
It is helpful to track down someone you know through your immediate and extended network who already went through the same hiring process.
Use Facebook and LinkedIn to try and locate someone who can help you. You’d be surprised by how many people are willing to help.
Often, all it takes is a simple post. When you find someone, make sure to ask questions like the following: What assessment tests did you take? What was the interview process like? What questions were you asked at the interview? Don’t be nervous to ask too many questions.
Every piece of information you gather will help you in the long run.
4. Set Study Goals for Yourself
You have learned all there is to know about what you will face at the interview. Now, you need to actually sit down and begin to prepare.
The best way to prepare is to create a timeline for yourself with achievable goals. Begin the preparation process by going over what the test will cover and taking a practice test.
Take practice tests at various intervals throughout your preparation so you can figure out your strengths and weaknesses. Once you locate your weaknesses, allocate more time to reviewing them.
5. Go to Sleep Early
Go to sleep early the night before your assessment test. I know this might sound obvious, but there is conclusive proof that it will help improve your score.
According to a study from Ghent and KU Leuven Universities in Belgium, which surveyed 621 students and asked them about their sleep quality around exam time, students who slept seven hours a night during exam time scored better than those who slept only six hours.
Additionally, going to sleep early will ensure you appear rested and relaxed when you face your future employer.
About the Author: Jennifer Feldman, a speech and language expert, and blogger for JobTestPrep. She specializes in writing about the employment hiring process.