Step 1: Practice, Practice, Practice, practice until you can no more!
Since psychometric tests are considered vague generally, candidates don’t prepare for it beforehand. You too would assume it to be a self-assessment test. This misconception leads to a major fall. Practicing these tests will not only expose you to the format but also build a mental framework. This acts as a catalyst to be able to take the test in the right mind.
Step 2: Hone your weak areas
Psychometric tests have two major sections: aptitude and personality tests. Aptitude tests involve three subsections, each section measures a different skill of the individual - abstract skills, verbal skills, and logical reasoning. Personality tests determine the core qualities and attributes of the candidates. On practicing you would notice your weak points and strengths. Work harder on bringing the weak points at par with the strong ones.
Step 3: Time management
Different sections will have different elapsed time depending on your strengths and weaknesses. Since these tests are timed and require you to finish before the deadline, you may not do your best in panic. It is better to practice the tests and set your own deadlines. Divide the time needed for each section and try doing your best to finish as per the set time limit. Gradually decrease the time and improve efficiency and concentration.
Step 4: Careful introspection of questions
Sometimes, it is common to read questions too quickly almost missing out certain quirky angles of the question. It could be due to being panicky and nervous. One way to avoid this error is to double-read the question or read it slowly with consciousness. Whenever you feel distracted, take a small 15 seconds break and retry. Try to practice mindfulness while doing sample papers as well.
Step 5: Understand the tester’s viewpoint
Before giving the test, take a look at the organization’s culture and values. Try to understand what is most valued in the organization. Your personality test results will form your behavioral profile. So, to be able to impress the recruiters, try bringing forth those attributes while performing these tests. However, dishonest answers could negatively impact your test result. So, avoid any answer that seems too socially desirable.
Step 6: Avoid socially desirable or fake identity
Often while performing these tests, you’ll feel the tendency to answer in a more socially appropriate manner. For example, a scale measuring punctuality may have an item stating, “I’m generally a morning person”, you would want to answer in favor of seeming a person that is an active morning person who is punctual and disciplined. However, any inconsistency may be easily assessed and marked by these tests on the social desirable scale. This would lead to candidates seem to have fake identities. Hence, avoid faux answers or any form of dishonesty.
It is always better to be well prepared than sorry. Success is a step away if you have learned everything about the obstacles. So, practice hard and crack these tests.