Psychometric testing - What you need to know

  • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

It is common practice for Pharmaceutical and Medical Device companies to request candidates undertake psychometric testing during the interview process. Some companies prefer to do it at the beginning, others do it towards the end of the process. Many tests these days can be completed online in the comfort of your own home, others require you to make an appointment at the testing company’s office (separate to the actual hiring company). The majority of these tests have been tried and tested over a long period of time and many hiring managers use this information to help them make their decision.

The good news is there is little or no preparation required - you cannot study for them as such. You may find some tests online that allow you to do some practice. Some questionnaires may only be evaluating your predisposition towards sales, others may be more in-depth assessing areas such as verbal, abstract and mathematical reasoning.

If you have been asked to sit a psychometric test, there are few things to remember:

  • If possible, always opt to complete your test in the morning, or when you are most alert.
  • Ensure you are well rested prior to your test as it may affect your results.
  • If sitting a test at home, ensure you have no interruptions. Do not take your phone or any other device into the room with you. Even minor distractions or short breaks can actually have a negative effect on the momentum of your test, and the speed at which you complete it, which ultimately affects scores, validity and reliability.
  • Ensure you are set up with the correct computer system prior to sitting the test. Some tests are not compatible with Mac computers for example. There is nothing worse than having IT issues and then having to compose yourself to complete a psych test.
  • Most importantly answer as honestly as possible. You cannot fake your answers as the tests are often designed to ask the same question in several different ways in order to ensure consistency in your responses. Quite often the first thing that pops into your mind is the right answer!

Check out these resources below - there are also some FREE practice tests you can try.