What should we think of interview tests?
In another set of posts the question of interview tests and psychometric testing was raised. I think that this is an area where a great deal of thought is required.
Many companies will offer their own tests and there really is no advice that can be given on these as they are company specific. All that can be said is that you will most likely be aware that these tests exist and thus you should talk to colleagues and friends who might be able to advise you.
The psychometric testing is another area as these tests are within limits fairly standard across the board. There are many sample tests which you can download from the Internet and these will help although you should try and ensure that you do take these in controlled circumstances.
The real question is one of “are they of benefit?”. I can only give my own answer to that and it is that they are a rough guideline. I myself have been the subject of one and I also have used them in relation to staff. When I saw the results of my won test I thought it was not me as I could not be that good. In respect of staff the results have been a mixed bag so the benefit has been varied.
I think people who are asked to undergo these tests should not be disheartened by the results if they are not good ad they are only indicative procedures but I would like to know what others think. My own view is that you only know your own abilities when working and your employer only knows you through working with you, which is why probation periods exist.