Testing Your Characteristics and Abilities
Psychometric tests are a scientific and standard method that measures an individual's behavioral style and mental capabilities. In addition, psychometric tests are created to measure a candidate's suitability for a job based on the necessary personality characteristics and cognitive abilities.
Psychometric Testing has two main categories aptitude or ability tests and personality and occupational questionnaires. Aptitude tests measure a person's competence and intellectual capabilities as well as a person's logical and analytical reasoning abilities in a certain area. These tests assess your abilities to use specific job related skills and to predict how well you will perform with your future work. Tests that are often used to assess verbal and numerical logical reasoning skills are numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning and other related tests.
Personality and occupational questionnaires
Personality and occupational questionnaires test the ways you do things, how you behave in certain circumstances and your preferences and attitudes. These tests are often quite effective when used as a recruiting tool to see how well you would work out in a certain work environment and can also be used to assess aspects of your behavior, opinions, motivation, interests and values. The results of the tests may then be compared to the characteristics that are essential for the new job. The end result can be a good match between the skills needed for the job and a person's qualifications.
Pros and cons of psychometric testing
Keep in mind psychometric testing can give a more accurate and insightful picture of a person's suitability for a job. For example, if you're looking for a qualified dental assistant, you want someone who has solid dental assisting skills, instead of someone who talks a lot but knows next to nothing about the basics and requirements of good and effective dental assisting. Another pro of this kind of testing is enabling a person's potential to be measured instead of only by skills and being a better method of only providing an interview emphasizing less skill on the interviewer. This is especially relevant if the interviewer has little experience or interest in interviewing people.
What are the cons of psychometric testing?
Most importantly, psychometric tests are created and validated using sample populations that have no reason to be untruthful. However, those applying for a job are highly motivated to tell you what you want to hear so they can land the job. Also, those who suffer from test anxiety and are unfamiliar with test terms can give results that do not reflect their true potential. Another pro is that costs in training someone to give the tests are high. Another con is that psychometric tests often contain biases that hinder people who have different language barriers, cultural backgrounds, psychological disposition and anxiety about being tested.
To conclude, psychometric tests are a scientific and standard way that measure an individual's behavioral style and mental capabilities. Find out more about this kind of testing from your HR department. Ask if this testing method would benefit your business and your employees.