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Sova Assessment is a UK-based tech company that offers a data-driven talent assessment platform which allows organizations to evaluate personality, motivation, competency and ability, particularly when recruiting.
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Sova video interview
In the video interview you will be asked a series of questions, which will appear in a pre-recorded video segment as well as written as text.
You will have one minute to consider the question and prepare your response, followed by up to three minutes to record the response. You cannot re-record your response.
There will be one practice question to ensure all your equipment works and your background is clear, clean, uncluttered and there is no background noise.
The video interview is designed to be similar to a face-to-face interview but without the logistics of all candidates having to travel. The questions asked will be specific to the requirements of the recruiting organisation, and usually take place at the first round of the interview process.
How are Sova tests taken?
Sova tests are completed virtually from your choice of location using a remote Zoom-based platform referred to as a Virtual Assessment Centre.
Access to your PC/tablet camera and microphone is required as the assessment is online via video call, so you will need to ensure that you have stable broadband internet in your choice of remote environment.
You will need to have Zoom downloaded onto your device. Required minimum bandwidth is 600kbps (up/down); the recommended minimum is 1.5 Mbps (up/down).
You may still require a pen, paper and calculator to use during the tests.
Which employers use Sova tests?
In common with many aptitude tests, Sova tests measure the suitability of a candidate in an unbiased way. With one unified platform and a scientific approach to testing, many employers use Sova tests as part of their recruitment process, including:
Tips on how to prepare for Sova tests
Check your technology
Don’t let your technology let you down. Check that you have downloaded Zoom, can access the platform, that you have a working camera and microphone and so on, as well as checking your internet speed.
Read the question properly
All the information will be contained in the scenarios, so do not be tempted to make assumptions, apply additional information or answer something which is not being asked.
Prepare your environment
Ensure that you have thought through all the potential scenarios where you may need additional resources, e.g. make sure you have paper, pencil, calculator and any other specified requirements to hand. Set yourself up somewhere quiet with a plain background where you will not be disturbed for the duration of your assessment. Lastly, have water, tissues and so on to hand, as well as a clock.
Research the company
While you need to answer the questions based on your own personal knowledge and gut feeling, it cannot hurt to be thoroughly prepared on the values desired by the company for which you are interviewing, so you can be confident that you align with those values.
Remember that you will be assessed on both accuracy and speed. As such, you’ll need to practice to ensure that you have allowed enough time for each answer, so that you are not caught out by any time limits (in particular for the video interview).
You’ll need to read and understand all the information given to you, so don’t skim-read or you might miss something vital.
How are Sova tests scored?
Sova tests are scored with one mark per correct answer. Although there is no time limit, your final score will also reflect how quickly you reached those correct answers.
Are Sova tests difficult?
Sova tests are not difficult in that they are not a test for which you have to learn vast swathes of information. They are, however, easier to take and do well at when you have practiced and prepared, and understand what you will be asked to do and how best you should approach each test.
How long is a Sova test?
There is no time frame for completing a Sova test, although the time taken to complete the test will count towards your final score. As a general rule you should be able to answer most questions within 45 seconds per answer, reducing to 30 seconds for a verbal test question.
How can I practice Sova tests?
Practice Sova tests with our free test first and then continue your practice and preparation with our specialist practice Sova tests. Sova itself also offers some free practice questions here.
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