First, it is important to understand what are aptitude tests, and why recruiters are using them recruitment procedures
Why recruiters are using aptitude tests?
According to scientific researches, aptitude tests (also called Psychometric Tests) can be considered as indicators of intelligence, and predict the future performance of candidates in any work-related situations.
Today, it is really important for companies, institutions and organizations to recruit the best profiles. Therefore, aptitude tests are more and more used during the recruitment process. These aptitude tests are strong tools to help recruiters to identify the strong performers, amount a large number of candidates: get a full profile on the personality, identify the strengths and weaknesses, challenge candidate's aptitudes on various level (verbal, numerical, logical, priority) and evaluate the stress level.
Strong performers are candidates with the following characteristics:
- Flexibility and ability to adapt in all situations;
- Critical thinking and problem solving skills;
- Proactivity and autonomy in their work;
- Looking for continuous improvement;
- Strong involvement in the organization;
- Assertiveness in their attitude.
What are the different aptitudes tests?
Aptitude test is a global term covering several kinds of tests. Each test has specific objectives to measure specific knowledge, skills, abilities and personality. To get a complete view on a candidate's profile, recruiters are using at least two or three different tests.
Situational Judgement Tests (SJT)
Measure the behaviours and attitudes in work-related scenarios, by selecting actions. Evaluation of your profile on core competencies.
Measure the ability to read, understand and interpret written text on various subjects. Ability to identify the key takes out of a document.
Measure the ability to interpret, analyse and manipulate data and numbers, identify the correlation and draw conclusions.
Measure the logical problem solving ability: interpret abstract concepts, identify correlation between elements, creative thinking
Accuracy & Precision Tests
Measure the ability to deal with data, identify errors, work at high speed, quick decision and maintain a high level of concentration in a limited timing
Provide indications on the personality based on: results, communication style, extraversion, emotion and relationship
Similar to real work situation to assess specific competencies and skills: priority management, decision-making, stress level and tool knowledge
Specific Job Related Tests
For some positions and jobs, specific tests are being used by recruiters to measure the knowledge: technical job, IT knowledge, sales,...