What is a psychometric test?
Psychometric tests are a kind of examination used to determine the different abilities of a particular candidate, as well as their capability to handle the demands of a particular job. Making sure your office is staffed with intelligent individuals who can accomplish the mental challenges of the workplace is quite important. This is why such tests have been expertly formulated to make sure candidates who are in consideration to fill a position can handle the responsibilities of that position.
What do psychometric tests tell us about candidates?
Psychometric tests are made up of different parts, each with their own purpose. There are three main types of test parts: aptitude and ability tests, personality profiles, and interest and value inventories.
Aptitude and ability tests check for particular competencies in areas such as logic, numerical reasoning, or language usage. These have questions with right or wrong answers, usually in multiple choice format. The candidate ends up with a score at the end of it, which determines how good they are at a particular skill. This can then be compared to the demands of the job.
Personality profiles are designed to know more about the candidate’s personality and whether or not it suits the job. These usually present the candidate with statements that they have to agree or disagree with to varying degrees. There are no right or wrong answers per se, but there are answers that indicate that the candidate is more suitable to the position.
Interest and value inventories are made to learn more about how a candidate would handle a certain situation, as well as find out about the things that they enjoy doing when given the choice. These can usually give some insight as to the way the candidate would perform if given the position.
How do we use psychometric tests to make decisions?
Psychometric tests give us a large amount of data about a candidate, which can be undoubtedly useful. However, without knowing exactly how to use that data, it becomes largely useless.
The most important part of the psychometric test is the control group. This is the test results of people who have already proved to be successful candidates in the past, such as someone who already had the position or someone who holds a similar position. This gives us a benchmark to determine what we are looking for in other candidates.
For example, once you determine that all the previous people who have successfully held a management position have had the capacity for empathy as part of their personality, then you would know to look for someone who shares the same trait.
It is important to note that psychometric tests are best used together with other tools like conducting interviews and noting previous accomplishments.
The main advantage of psychometric tests
Psychometric tests provide an objective way to determine the suitability of a particular candidate for a specific position. Getting the wrong person to fill a position can cost your company revenue and can cause the wrongly selected candidate to feel distress at their failure. Psychometric tests can help both parties avoid unnecessary mistakes and select the right candidate the first time around.
Speaking about the overall operations of the Online Exam Mr Pradeep Kongalla of HBL Power Systems said
We found online examination system of Eklavvya very useful. System is able to handle concurrent exams of such scale. It certainly helped us to conduct Online Exam across India for the applicants. We can now easily proceed for next selection process.
Eklavvya.in is an online assessment and knowledge management solution used by many corporate, Professional Training Institutes, Entities involved in skill based training.It is useful tool for Various Test Preparations, Entrance Tests for Academic Courses, Regular Assessment for University Courses, Recruitment Drive & Internal assessment of employees in the corporate world