Job Seeker Session Recap: July 18th

This week’s Seeker Session at Goodwill’s Mission Services Center focused on employer assessment tests. Read on for information from Nicole…

Employers administer assessment tests as a means of determining the suitability of a job applicant. To many companies, the tests are as important, if not more important, than an applicant’s education, experience and recommendations. Most employers consider an assessment test to be one of the cheapest and most valuable selection tools at their disposal.

 What are Employers looking for?

 An assessment test compares you to the ideal employee. The employer has identified the qualities it takes to do well at the job they are seeking to fill and wants to see to what extent you possess those qualities. Employers will compare your scores to the ideal profile of a good employee in that job. They want to determine:

  • Is the job candidate emotionally stable?
  • Will the job candidate work hard?
  • Is the job candidate outgoing or introverted?
  • What type of personality does the job candidate have (different jobs match with different personality types)

Tips for Taking Assessment Tests:

  1. Study the company you are applying to in advance as much as you can to get an idea of what sort of traits the company might look for in a candidate.
  2. Be aware that tests are often designed to look for inconsistent answers.
  3. Too many Strongly Disagrees or Strongly Agrees checked can be a bad thing.
  4. Be yourself while applying some thought to your answers. It is important to remember not to over analyze.
  5. Answer the easier questions on your first read through. Go back through the test a second time to answer the harder questions.
  6. For multiple choice questions cover the answers on the test, and read the question only. Try to answer the question without looking at the answer choices. Then read the answers and choose the one that best fits your original answer.
  7. Eliminate answer choices that are ridiculous. Usually, multiple choice test questions will have one or two answers that do not make sense with the question.
  8. Watch out for questions that have the choices “all of the above” or “none of the above.” If you know that at least two of the answers are correct, then most likely you can choose “all of the above,” especially if there’s only one correct answer per question. For “none of the above,” if several of the answers seem wrong, then this is probably the choice.
  9. Set aside ample time to take the assessment, which typically lasts 45 to 60 minutes.
  10. When it comes to personality tests there isn’t a right or wrong answer. Don’t think too long about your answers, as your first reaction to a question is often the most accurate.
  11. Be honest about yourself. These questionnaires usually have some type of internal checking where the same question is asked with different wording early and late in the test to try to detect dishonest answers.
  12. Take sample tests to get some practice and prepare yourself for the real thing
    1. http://www.outofservice.com/bigfive/-Big Five Personality Test
    2. http://amby.com/tests/math/-Practice Math Tests
    3. http://amby.com/tests/clerical/-Practice Clerical Tests
    4. http://keirsey.com/-Temperment Test
    5. http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp-Personality Test

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