What's the ONE mistake every job applicant makes?

What's the ONE mistake every job applicant makes?

Knowledge is great - it opens doors to the institutions and organisation you have always thought of being a part of, gives you an incredible awareness of things that directly or indirectly influence your life, finally helps you to better understand people’s motivations. Most of the University courses will make all of the above possible.

But many graduates upon entering the stage when they finally can start their career, feel puzzled since its very hard to apply all that invaluable theory to particular job requirements where often a certain level of skills is expected. Aristotle can help us here - it’s because epistêmê (knowledge) is a slightly different intellectual virtue than technê ( a craft). In very simplified terms, knowledge provides us with an understanding of necessary truths about the world that don’t change (think the law of gravity) whereas technê is concerned with the everyday contingencies. So if you are rich in technê - it means that thanks to the true reasoning you are able to make things change, evolve, or simply saying - happen. It can be easily tested when you have years of experience, but what if you don’t? There is no need to be scared, if you have enough epistêmê, you are already prone to become a craftsman! And in fact it’s easier to learn technê than epistêmê, as the second one needs a strong guidance if is to become flawless and valid.

How can you prove it to your future employer? Well, one way of doing that is getting a work experience, to bring some valuable skills to the table and show that you have what it takes to make things happen, but the other is being really good at what employers are expecting you to be. Aptitude Tests are not only a way of showing that you can use your brain, but also that you can practice a technique to a point when you become an expert. As you might have heard there is no prerequisite knowledge required before sitting these tests ( with some exceptions) - meaning it really it’s just your eagerness to learn how to solve them. It’s your time to prove you can do it!

Psychometric Tests’ Traps

The common mistakes some job applicants make and misbeliefs they share about Psychometric Tests it’s what keeps them significantly behind their peers. We have done some data analysis to help students better understand the complexity of these tests, and the quick overview of the demographic they are likely to compete with. Below student can find tips and hints, that are crucial for preparing a job-winning strategy, and hopefully will show them how to get their technê in place.

Verbal Reasoning Tests

In short, verbal reasoning is the ability to reason using concepts wrapped in words. These tests are aimed at assessing your understanding of the written word as well as dexterity when it comes to filtering out the key information from a bulk of the text. In the times of the information overload, employers do realize that a good level of literacy and strong verbal logic are among the most handy skills.

While taking the test you will be presented with a short passage of text to which you will need to answer True, False or Cannot Say response to each statement. This is a time-practice assessment, so you have to read and think quickly. To pass the verbal reasoning test no previous knowledge is required and questions don’t have to be related to the job you are applying for.

Verbal Reasoning Test Accuracy

Verbal Reasoning Tests are probably the most favored by the students, as the accuracy rate is quite high compared to other Psychometric Tests. They also practiced relatively less than other tests, which may suggest students feel more confidence while taking them.

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The last question on these tests are usually left blank only by a small number of people - in the cases we have analysed the group wasn’t bigger than 15 % which in our thinking signals a positive trend - students do know, how to skim-through a bulk of text. They also do it quite effectively - towards the end of these tests the accuracy score remains pretty stable ranging between 50-70% with the only exception being the brain-teasers which are scored incomparably lower.

Yet, it only takes a short glance, to see that although the major trend is positive, quite a few users are being shortlisted with the first tough question that most often is hiding in the middle of a questionnaire. The diagram below shows how many people left blank answers for each of the questions on one of the tests we have analysed.

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The important thing to remember is not to get transfixed or stuck on a question. If you are going through hell it’s best not to stop there - just keep going, as easier questions might follow!

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Who practices Verbal Reasoning Test?

The data show that most of the people who practice Verbal Reasoning Tests are students in their early 20s. The age of most of the people who land on Practice Aptitude Tests is 22, however, the findings show that the youngest testers are as young as 18. So the argument goes - the quicker you start the better it gets in the future! The average age of the candidates is 27, which might suggest that a job career is not as linear and undisturbed as many people would have thought - you might experience many changes before you actually find what fires you up the most, thus why practice aptitudes are good friends of job seekers at various age.

Numerical Reasoning Tests

Numerical Reasoning tests are aimed at quantifying your numeracy skills. Essentially, this is when graphs, long numbers, and equations come into play. Built on maths reasoning questions, these tests are often written in the context of everyday business activities to check candidate’s ability to work with numerical information.

Given the time limit, and quite unconventional structure of these tests - some graduates find Numerical Reasoning Tests to be tricky or even challenging when compare with their University experience of tests and examinations.

Numerical Reasoning Test Accuracy

Numerical Reasoning Test so far prove to be the most challenging tests from all of the psychometric methods of verifying candidates. Numbers can support it. In the tests that we have analysed, only 45 % of answers had accuracy score over 50 % - which might mean two things - that these tests are so difficult that there is only a small percentage of relatively easy, answerable questions or people taking them struggle to control their timings. Believe it or no - it’s the latter. 67 % of people tend to run out of time before the last question and the questions with the highest accuracy usually happen to be the first four questions on a test. Thus why it cannot be stressed more than watching your timing while sitting these tests should be a part of your preparatory strategy! If you decide to work too long on the first part of the test you have already putting yourself in a position, when you only get half of the questions right, meaning half of the overall score.

Candidates are usually effectively shortlisted with the first half of questions. The diagram below shows how many people left blank answers for each of the questions on one of the analysed tests.

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Who practices Numerical Reasoning Test?

Similarly to other psychometric tests, Numerical Reasoning Tests are being practiced mostly by students - 74 % of users admitted to have an undergraduate or a master degree. The average age of people who practice them is 26, however a majority of candidates are only in their early 20s, which proves that Numerical Reasoning Tests are the most popular among fresh University leavers. Interestingly, there were also slightly peaks in our data at the time when people enter a new decade of their lives which let us to assume - these tests are actually helping people to reinvent their career whenever they feel like it’s a time for a change.

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Diagrammatic Reasoning Tests

Diagrammatic or Logical Reasoning Tests are designed to assess the strength of candidates’ inductive reasoning skills, meaning if they can draw conclusions from premises and how long it takes them to do so. Questions on these tests will comprise numbers, figures, and shapes arranged in particular patterns. The task is to deduce the underlying logic of a pattern and guess what is next to follow. Sounds trivial, but this has to be done in a really limited time. Usually, the candidates will have a minute or less per question. Therefore, a good timing and a good attention to details is something that future applicant will need to exercise.

Diagrammatic Reasoning Tests Accuracy

Accordingly to our findings, these tests seems to be the most popular when it comes to practicing. But also they seem to be a little bit less challenging for the students than Numerical Tests. Some questions can get even 90 % of accuracy! Yet, candidates are still likely to fell into a trap of brain -teasers, as sometimes only 32 % of candidates are able to deduce a right pattern.

Overall, the Diagrammatic questions seems neither too difficult, nor too easy for the candidates. More than a half of surveyed people got 50 % of answers right, which is a fair result that can be easily improved with a little bit of practice. The very last questions are being left blank by around 27 % of users, that again flags out the struggle candidates have with a timekeeping.

The diagram below shows how many people left blank answers for each of the questions on one of the tests we have analysed. Unlike in the case of Numerical Reasoning Tests the accuracy after a significant drop, peaked back again to 66 % on question no.9 which may suggest that users have been scanning for easier questions. The diagram below shows how many people left blank answers for each of the questions on one of the analysed tests. You can see that the skipping practice was there!

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Who practices Diagrammatic Reasoning Tests?

Majority of people rehearsing for Diagrammatic Reasoning Tests are students. Around 70 % of users admitted to have a higher diploma. Yet, the average age of people who practice Diagrammatic Reasoning Tests is quite high compared to what you might have expected (29 years old). This allowed us to conclude, that Diagrammatic Reasoning Tests are widely used for shortlisting candidates not only for the junior positions, but also further down the line.

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