2020 applicants

Preparing for psychometric tests and assessment centres

Psychometric and personality tests

Psychometric tests look at skills like logic, numeracy, technical ability, literacy, verbal reasoning, inductive or deductive reasoning, spatial or diagrammatic reasoning, situational judgement, motivation and personality.

Assessment centres

Larger organisations often consider a number of candidates together using a range of tasks, such as psychometric tests, group challenges, role play, presentations, in-tray/e-tray exercises and interviews.

Assessment centres are carefully designed to see which candidates fit the role and the organisation, so they may be considering your personality, your approach to solving problems and dealing with situations, leadership potential and overall ability to work in a team, and your commercial awareness, as well as further testing your skills and abilities.

Help preparing for tests and assessments

Tips to prepare

Prepare as you would for an interview: dress and behave professionally, be punctual and bear in mind that everyone you meet on the day may be asked what they thought of you.

  • Refer back to the person specification for the role to review what the employer is looking for
  • Review your application and/or CV
  • Practice psychometric tests
  • Research the employer, so you know all about them and what they do
  • Research their sector for broader understanding of their industry
  • Book an appointment with one of our careers advisers for help

Online resources and practice tests

General resources

  • Prospects website - information about assessment centres
  • JobTestPrep - in-tray examples and tips
  • WikiJob Assessment Centre: Tips And Preparation Advice
  • Wikisource - A wiki sharing quality information on personality type, with integrated video and text

Free practice tests and guides

Social events

Sometimes there will be a social gathering before or after the assessment, where you meet the other candidates and employees from the organisation. You're unlikely to be formally assessed during this session, but bear in mind that getting on well with others and demonstrating the ability to work in a team will make the best impression.