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The Graduate Recruitment Processes at Major Companies

Our world is an ever-changing one, so the graduate recruitment process too has greatly changed from what it was known to be. It used to be that to secure a job in your company of choice, you only needed to finish with a good grade.  Oh, even before that, you only needed a degree; the grade was secondary.  Good companies went to campuses to poach the best of the best graduates, while the ordinary ones (companies) had to lobby for whatever they could get.  The competition was more on the side of the employers, while graduates chose companies they would work with.

But when did the game change?  I don’t know!  Just that the reality today is that in which graduates have to go through a schooling of some sort after their degree in order to get into their companies of choice, because gaining an employment into the giant companies is indeed a process. Yes, it is a process.  The competition is now more on the side of the job seekers, while the hard work on the side of companies is to get the best that they would not have to fire anytime soon.

Did I hear you say, ‘it’s unfair’?  No, it’s not fair, considering the sleepless nights, burning of your candles at both ends, taking the extra credits to graduate early, and the list goes on.  However, nothing is fair in love and war – you’ve heard that before, right?  And Job-seeking is a war of some sort.

So, talking about the process of recruitment, you will need this to prepare for the ‘battle’ ahead.  The process seems to be pretty standard with some slight modifications from company to company.  You have the initial online application, followed by an online psychometric test, a telephone interview and the assessment centre.  The order can be changed in some companies, but then, the journey always starts with the online application and most times ends at the assessment centre.

So, what should you expect at the different stages?

Online Application

A note of warning, never rush into the filling of the online application without knowing what you are getting into.  Or if you have started already, you don’t have to complete the filling of the application at a seating.  So, do some research about what to expect in the application of the particular company for which you are applying.

Then, get the requirements ready; your CV, your certificates and any other relevant documents.  The rule of thumb is to have your dates on your fingertips and then, check to be certain.  Your dates are very crucial and any mistake in the dates is a red flag to the recruiter that you are probably sloppy with your facts.  Fill the form accurately and completely.

It has now become the norm rather than an exception for companies to include competency based questions in their online application.  You need to use this to your advantage, because at this stage, this is more important than your grade and whatever work experience you might have.  The impression you give with your answers to the competency questions determines whether you will be invited for the next stage of the recruitment.

Competency questions can be behavioural, technical, or cognitive.  They are asked to ensure that an applicant have the requisite skills and personality that align with the mission and vision of the organisation.  Find here some examples of competency questions you can expect during your online application:

  • Why are you interested in working with our organisation?
  • Give an example of a project in which you were involved that require teamwork.
  • As a manager, do you direct the project or the people?

It is not a bad idea to have some standard answers to these questions, but you have to be flexible enough to adapt them to whichever situation you find yourself.  You will find STAR method of answering interview questions useful here.  And while crafting your answers, you should creatively work the core values of the organisation you are applying for into the answers.

For instance, if you are applying into Chevron, your competence answers should reflect words or ideas like Diversity, Integrity, Partnership, Ingenuity, Trust, High Performance, and Protecting people and the environment.  You don’t want to throw the words just anyhow; that will be counter-productive, of course.  So, you have to meaningfully and creatively use them in your answers. Remember, impression is what you want to make and it must be a very good and memorable one.

For most organisations, the next stage of the recruitment process is the psychometric testing. However, some can have the telephone interview come before the testing, while some very few may not use the testing at all. You can also find a company like Chevron omitting the telephone interview altogether.  Whichever way they come, you should find out the process for the specific organisation into which you are applying and work carefully with it.

Psychometric testing

The focus of every psychometric testing is to assess the personality and ability of the applicant.  So, for the personality test, you should be ready to fill questionnaires or sit for Situational Judgement Test (SJT).  But what is common now is SJT and you should expect to write one if you applying for Eon or Shell.

The ability test comes in different parts, which are; numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, inductive reasoning, logical reasoning, abstract reasoning and some others.  You should not be surprised if you are asked to write a test of English by Baker Hughes, especially if you are not a native speaker.

Success in these aptitude tests have less to do with intelligence, given sufficient time, an average applicant will be very successful at them.  So, speed is a major factor and you have to be well practised to have it.  If possible, you should know about the grading system too, it will guide your decisions.  Some grading systems are not very interested in the number of questions you have answered but rather in the proportion answered correctly, while other grading systems penalise every unanswered question.  Though, whichever be the system, you are always safe with a good speed.

We have a number of psychometric testing companies around.  You should know which your company of choice employs.  This information is important, because you will be able to practise with the right materials.  You should also know the type of questions they administer too.  For instance, ExxonMobil administers only numerical tests provided by SHL, Chevron administers logical, mathematical and verbal reasoning provided by Onetest, Shell administers personality tests provided by Cubiks, Citigroup administers numerical and logical reasoning provided by Talent Q and the list goes on and on.

Telephone interview

What should you expect here?  More competency questions and the discussion of your CV.  The answers you supplied to the competency questions in your applications will also be examined for consistency.  So, in the process of going through your CV, don’t forget; always have your dates on your fingertips.

You should choose a location that is suitable for this interview.  In fact, you should block out some personal time for it.  The idea is to ensure that you are not interrupted in any way.  Moreover, ensure that your phone battery is sufficiently charged; any form of break in transmission is undesirable.

Here are some interview questions used by Shell.  While you shouldn’t necessarily expect these questions, if you have applied for Shell, they should serve as pointer of some sort to what you need to focus on.  So, get your mind prepared:

  • Tell me about your biggest achievement.
  • Tell me about a time you have worked in a diverse team with many contrasting opinions and personalities; how have you solved the issue?
  • Why have you chosen to work with us?

Again remember, your STAR method will be very handy in systematically tackling these questions.

The Assessment Centre

The call to the assessment centre leads to the final lapse of this journey.  However, you may have some event like face-to-face interview, just before the assessment centre day.  Eon does this, especially for their engineering applicant and the focus of this interview is on technical stuff.  So, at the assessment centre, what should you expect?  Firstly, the assessment  is usually for a whole day, except in rare cases when you have it for two, and you should be aware that senior executives of the company will be present; not only to observe and assess, but to also entertain any question from the applicants.

The line-up events for the day usually include all or some of the following; in-person interview, panel interview, group exercises, role play exercises, presentation and case studies.  Every aspect of this day is very important and you should give it your all, because it is probably the last opportunity you will get to make an impression before you are given your offer letter.  And don’t forget, your success here determines if you get the offer or not.

Mind you, it is not unusual for a company like Jaguar Land Rover to demand that you resit, at the assessment centre, the aptitude test you had taken earlier in the recruitment process.  And sometimes it turns out to be a more difficult version of the one taken earlier.  So, if you have gotten rusty, get ‘cleaned up’ and shining before going for the event.  It is your big day.  Make it count.

It will be my pleasure to hear the tale of how you made it to your company of choice and I do hope I am of some help along the way. Please, feel free to leave comments on my Blog or Forum on www.graduatemonkey.com.

Top 30 Companies That Use Psychometric Tests

With the arrival of internet, sending job applications has become extremely easier than it once was.  The implication of this to employers is that they have more applications to evaluate before they finally hire the suitable candidate for the job.  Many have employed psychometric tests as a weeding tool; to make decisions on which candidate should be dropped and which should proceed to the next stage of the recruitment process.

Yes, next stage of the recruitment process, because the psychometric tests are never or not to be used in isolation.  They are often combined with the familiar initial job advert, sifting through of CVs to determine which candidate should be called for the test and finally, post-test interviews.

No matter how much job seekers resent aptitude tests, it seems they have come to stay, considering that they are continually being favoured by employers – about 80 % of US Fortune 500 and 75 % of UK Times 100 companies use them.  The tests have been reputed to be a reliable method of choosing the most suitable applicant for a job or the most suitable staff for a promotion.

The inherent limitations or restrictions in the type of questions an employer can ask an applicant has never been a deterrent; rather applicants have a lot to lose from choosing not to answer the questions.

Psychometric tests are often designed to test two qualities of the applicants; the personality and the ability.  The personality tests are often done using questionnaires while ability is measured with tests like logical reasoning, numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, mechanical reasoning, abstract reasoning and others.

So, talking about the companies that use these tests, I know you must be interested in specifics.  Here are the top 30:

  1. ExxonMobil

With this multinational company, there is no end to the testing process.  The recruitment process is in stages, starting with online application form and ending at the assessment centre.  With the application form, a candidate is made to answer some competency questions and some other personality test questions are asked during a telephone interview and other assessments.  However, the main psychometric test is the second stage and it is an online numerical reasoning test of 20 minutes, supplied by SHL, one of the biggest online testing companies around.

  1. Chevron

You get to answer some competency questions during the application process too with Chevron after which follows an aptitude test.  The aptitude test is a 51 questions test for 20 minutes; varied in its composition – a mix of picture and word logic as well as mathematical and verbal reasoning.  The test is supplied by Onetest; an Australian psychometric testing company.  The test is such that the difficulty increases with succeeding questions.

  1. Ford Motor

Ford psychometric test is supplied by SHL and it is in two parts; numerical reasoning and inductive reasoning tests.

  • The numerical reasoning is a 20 question test for 20 minutes in which knowledge of statistics, ratios, percentages and graph interpretation will be tested.
  • The inductive reasoning requires knowledge of logic to succeed. It involves identifying patterns in a sequence of images.
  1. KPMG

The psychometric test for KPMG is supplied by Cubiks and it is divided into two parts; competency based questions and Decision making / problem solving tasks.

  • The competency based questions are actually a personality test, which tries to examine how the applicant works with people – their communication methods.
  • The Decision making/Problem solving tasks come in form of two tests; Situational Judgement Test (SJT) and Numerical Test. The SJT assesses the thought process of applicants and indicates whether the applicant is a leader or follower, while the numerical test is an assessment in tables, ratios, percentages and charts.
  1. Hewlett Packard

The test for HP, as Hewlett Packard is popularly known, is varied depending on the job functions applied for.  However, the recruitment process involves telephone interview and other assessments, during which behavioural and personality tests are verbally administered.  The ability test is basically numerical and verbal reasoning.

  1. Citigroup

The numerical reasoning is that in which the level difficulty level increases with succeeding questions and it is provided by Talent Q.  Their logical reasoning, a nonverbal rather pictorial test, have a reputation for being especially difficult and is only taken by applicants into technology, operations and HR job functions.

  1. Procter & Gamble

Practising for P&G, as it is called, is not only a good idea, but also a necessity.  You must be practised for success, because the tests are entirely different from whichever you might have been familiar with.It is in two parts:

  • Competency test, called P&G Success Drivers Assessment, examines if the thought patterns of candidates to judge whether they are P&G People with P&G Minds and P&G Ability. Indeed, this is a personality test.
  • The P&G Reasoning Tests comprises of numerical, verballogical and abstract reasoning.
  1. Microsoft

The personality test is over the telephone in an interview.  This is after a competency and an SHL tests.  You will need a very good knowledge of Microsoft for the competency test and also answer some behavioural questions.  The SHL test is a 24 questions test for 25 minutes, which follow the line of inductive reasoning.

  1. JPMorgan

JPMorgan’s recruitment often involves applicants writing series of aptitude tests which is followed by numerous interviews.  The format of their test is SHL reasoning and it has 3 parts; the numerical, verbal and technical tests.  The numerical involves answering 20 questions in 20 minutes without the use of calculator, and the verbal is also a 20 minutes test.

JPMorgan also administers a computer code based tests that last for an hour and 20 minutes.  And you should know too that every applicant is required to write a 300 words essay on their motivation for applying to JPMorgan.  You should take this as an opportunity to sell yourself.

  1. McDonald’s

The psychometric test for McDonald is basically a personality test which may need to be completed right on the spot or taken home to be returned when completed by the applicants.  Whichever way, it assesses what kind of employee you will be by asking questions that test your reactions in different circumstances.

  1. Bank of America

CVS Caremark mainly administers Kenexa test where applicants need to be a bit focused.  They have to be ready for answering some situational judgement test questions – whatever tells the employer what kind of employee you will be.  The idea of the test is to examine your thought process and from this conclusions about your personality can be made.

  1. Barclays

The recruitment process and testing of Barclays revolves across all the four job functions (field engineering, supply chain, commercial and technology) are the same.  The online application is accompanied by personality and behavioural based questions and this is followed by a telephone or video interview in which more personality and aptitude tests, based on SHL reasoning, will be administered.  Successful applicants are invited for the Barclays Experience during which, they are assessed on written and group exercises along with some case studies.  Success in the Barclays experiences leaders to you securing your offer letter.

  1. UBS

UBS administers both personality and ability tests.  Immediately after the application, if your application is considered impressive, you are invited for an online SHL numerical test.  After this a telephone interview is conducted during which, your knowledge of the company will be tested and important information is gathered about you.  If you have been impressive all the while, you are invited for a second SHL test; this time around, a verbal reasoning.  Successful candidates are then invited to the assessment centre during which they will participate in group work, individual presentation and in-person interviews.  Executives of the company will be around too, to observe and entertain any question from the applicants.  By then, you are very close to clinching your offer letter.

  1. 3M

To gain employment into this diversified technology is a job in its right, considering the numerous stages and tests to be written.  To start with, you will need to answer 2 major competency questions along with your application.  Work hard at this because your answers will go a long way to determine whether you will be called for the next stage which is the 3M Aptitude Test.  The aptitude test is provided by Saville and is in 2 parts; numerical and verbal reasoning.  After this comes the telephone interview.  You might want to be well ground with you STAR method of answering interview questions to shine in this.  Most of the questions in this stage will be competency based.  If you have succeeded so far, you will be invited to the assessment centre where the aptitude test will be administered again along with 3M interview, case study and 3M presentation, and 3M group exercises.

  1. Publix Super Markets.

The test for Publix Super Markets is in the form of interview.  The questions are competency based; assessing both the personality and skills of the applicant.

  1. Tullett Prebon

To be employed in this UK’s brokerage giant, an applicant will have to pass standard SHL numerical test, after which follows series of interviews.

  1. Capital One Financial

Capital One is one of the US bank holdings specialising in credit card and bank loans.  The entry tests into this company are provided by SHL.  The first is a personality test in which applicants fill a questionnaire, while the second is an ability test which involves both numerical and verbal reasoning.  Successful candidates in these tests are invited to an interview and then the assessment centre.

  1. Raytheon

For Raytheon, the order is; application, phone interview, tests and assessment centre.  The phone interview is focused on competency questions, while the tests are basically numerical and verbal reasoning.  At the assessment centre, you will participate in an in-person interview, group exercises and presentation.

  1. Union Pacific

If you are applying for Union pacific, depending on the job function you are applying for, you may have to undergo a one-on-one interview, a group interview, panel interview, skill test, personality test, drug screening and background check.

  1. Ernst and Young

There are 3 main stages for Ernst and Young recruitment; the application, the psychometric test and the assessment centre.  The psychometric test is provided by Saville Consulting Group and is usually online numerical, verbal and diagrammatic tests.  And you should know that you will also have to answer a seemingly more difficult version of the tests at assessment centre.  Other activities at the assessment centre include group exercise, interview, role play, case studies and presentations.

  1. Eon

When Eon, the world’s largest supplier of electricity utility, recruits, they employ the services of both SHL and Saville with their tests.  Candidates who are shortlisted from applications will be immediately invited to an online Situational Judgement Test (SJT) by SHL.  If you are successful in the SJT, you will be invited for the online aptitude test supplied by Saville.  The online aptitude test is basically numerical, verbal and abstract reasoning.  Following the tests is the telephone interview, after which is the face-to-face interview.  Competency questions are often asked during the telephone interview, while the face-to-face interview is about technical stuff.  So, only engineering applicant get to participate in it.  Other applicants proceed to the assessment centre which is the final stage of the recruitment.

  1. Exelon

Exelon is among the top 30 companies that use psychometric tests. They always examine candidates’ expertise with its different types like abstract reasoning is used to measure the individuals’ interpretation of how some symbols, or diagrams are arranged, identify a pattern and predict the next pattern.

  1. Duke Energy

As we all know that these tests are used to evaluate the determination, extent of knowledge, common sense and ability to identify certain conditions, Duke Energy relies on them to make everything perfect and suitable for their needs. They examine applicants to the maximum and try to figure out which department will be suitable for them. Duke Energy believes that candidates should be capable of working beyond their expertise in order to show their flexibility

  1. Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)

RBS works on the principle that there should be a suitable way to determine level of objectivity and standardization to traditional way of recruitment so that quality of candidates can be improved. With that concept in mind, they used to conduct psychometric tests for removing unconscious bias throughout the selection process.

  1. Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton uses SHL and Kenexa reasoning tests to recruit highly skilled, professional and experienced employees. They use to conduct different tests and interviews to screen candidates based on their resumes and try to find out how worthy they will be for the company.

  1. Australian Defence Force (ADF)

With the growing needs of customers, companies also have to improve their quality of services for which, they need assistance so as to find suitable employees. For this, experts have created psychometric tests and ADF has implemented them to see the results. The Australian Defence Force uses general ability tests from OneTest (test publisher) and mathematical ability tests to shortlist applicants.

  1. Deloitte

The procedure of recruitment in Deloitte is really strict as it uses TalentLens to scan the expertise, abilities and experience of applicants on the basis of their tests and interviews. They have a certain plan to evaluate efficiency so applicants should have to be really careful as they will be going to have tough screening of what they claim.

  1. Southern Company

The name of aptitude tests by Southern Company is EEI Test that comprises of MASS test (for plant maintenance), POSS test (for operating positions), TECH test (for technical positions), CAST test (for professional position), SASS test (for clerical positions) and SO/PD (for power dispatching and system operating positions). Candidates who apply for a certain position have to go through its respective test and need to gain maximum points to get the job.

  1. Ambulance Victoria GAP

The recruitment process of Ambulance Victoria GAP is challenging, long and can take more time than expected to fill the position. Candidates can apply for the ambulance services at any time and test will be conducted as needed. Their test examines candidates on different skills which are necessary to satisfy the needs of a particular position. So, applicants should have to be prepared and willing to take on any challenge.

  1. NextEra Energy

NextEra Energy takes help from pre-employment tests to identify qualified applicants for their openings. These tests and related procedures are same for all candidates and will be conducted by the EEI (Edison Electric Institute) for satisfactory and quality screening.

Psychometric Test Categories (Types) and Formats

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Psychometric tests are used to measure suitability of a candidate for a specific job or academic course. Some organizations also use them for transparency and accountability in decision-making on various aspects of career development for example in promoting individuals to a higher job rung or assessing training needs. The leading companies in financial, transport, energy and engineering businesses employ these tests in searching for talent, underscoring the prominence that these tests have assumed globally. Examples of these groups include Deutsche bank, Deloitte, Fidelity, EDF Energy, HSBC, Goldman Sachs, Jaguar Land Rover, ICAP, Kimberly Clark, Johnson and Johnson, and KPMG, to name a few big employers.

Since these candidates are usually considered for specialized skills, the aptitude tests are tailored to the job requirements. The most common abilities measured are the verbal, numerical, and abstract reasoning abilities or aptitudes.

Verbal tests

It measures candidate’s ability to understand verbal description or arguments according to their meaning and draw conclusions. The examination involves reading a passage, and then answering a series of multiple choice questions with “True”, “False”, or “Don’t Know”, based on the information contained in the passage. “Don’t Know” implies that further information is needed to choose the correct answer. A verbal comprehension test (http://www.verbalreasoningtest.org/) focuses more on spelling, grammar, and syntax. It is therefore important that a candidate understands the language in which, a verbal test is offered.

Numerical reasoning tests

It evaluates a candidate’s numerical acumen using facts and figures presented in data tables or graphs. Candidates are assessed for their knowledge of ratios, percentage, costs analyses, trends, currency conversion, etc. Their focus is anchored on the fact that organizations always monitor their performance and need timely decisions as to whether they should change tact through increasing, decreasing or maintaining current practices for optimum productivity, efficiency and minimal losses. What do these graphs tell us? What is the logic behind some number series? Speed and accuracy are important in all the psychometric tests, most users identify numerical reasoning as particularly demanding. Developers of aptitude tests preparation packages such as Graduate Monkey with their premium Aptutorial technique- have therefore identified various strategies, tips and shortcuts that candidates can employ to do the real tests in the shortest time. A key advantage of numerical tests is that unlike the Verbal tests which require deeper comprehension of language, mathematical symbols are universal and can be done with basic understanding of test instructions.

Abstract reasoning tests (Available at: http://www.psychometricinstitute.com.au/Free-Aptitude-Tests.asp)

It is also known as the conceptual reasoning test where, it only needs one to observe a range of diagrams/symbols, identify an emergent pattern and based on this, predict what the next pattern would be. It is based on logic and does not exert language demands on the candidates.

Abstract reasoning test tutorial offered by Graduate Monkey is really a good source to strengthen your skills because it uses different diagrams, shapes and symbols to enable test takers determine their intelligence. They have to compare different images in order to find the logic behind their creation and then have to give their solution. Just because of these features, Abstract reasoning test is also referred to as Non-verbal reasoning, logical reasoning or inductive reasoning test.

Formats of Psychometric tests

Aptitude tests come with different levels of difficulty depending on the education/knowledge of an individual in the organization e.g. a senior management level would have to take more advanced test compared to a junior, clerical officer.  Common formats are SHL, Kenexa, Saville, TalentLens, Cubiks and TalentQ. The key difference in the formats is based on the fact that some test for only one ability e.g. numeric while other combine the tests.

A document providing an overview of SHL tests summarizes the range of tests according to organizational roles (http://ceb.shl.com/assets/SHL_Overview_of_Ability_Tests.pdf). These tests are offered to (in ascending order) Semi-skilled, Technical staff, Administrative and clerical staff, information technology, sales, customer and call centre, Junior managers and supervisors, managers, professionals and graduates and finally, directors and senior managers. The tests offered include Work Skills series- (Transport and production, manual dexterity and finger dexterity); applied technology series, personnel test battery, Customer Contact Aptitude, Critical Reasoning, Management and Graduate item bank and Advanced managerial tests. SHL offers all the aforementioned abilities (verbal, abstract and numerical reasoning abilities). Different tests may combine evaluation of these abilities, so for example, the Advanced Managerial Test (senior managers) evaluates only verbal and numerical skills, and is offered only online. On the other hand, the Critical Reasoning Test Battery (junior managers and supervisors) test is used for all the 3 abilities. Semi-skilled workers do have some tests offered as pencil and paper formats. Kenexa tests also evaluate verbal, cognitive and inductive reasoning skills.

Saville reasoning test

This is a package developed by Saville consultants, containing different tests that broadly measure comprehension and technical analysis. In addition to the tests highlighted in SHL section, Saville also includes a technical aptitude test package that contains spatial, mechanical and diagrammatic reasoning.

TalentLens test

It measures an individual’s capabilities using 4 key dimensions which are crucial to improve organizational performance. These are critical thinking, problem-solving, collaborator and team playing.  Critical thinking is appraised using the RED model. A critical thinker will therefore Recognize assumptions in any situation, Evaluate arguments, and Draw solutions (the bold letters form RED). Critical thinking (http://us.talentlens.com/online-testing) is one of the strongest predictors of job success and overall performance.  Problem solving skills are analyzed using Raven’s Progressive Matrices (http://www.raventest.net/). They assess professionals abilities of individuals, “including advanced observation and clear-thinking skills, efficient problem solving, abstract reasoning, and the ability to learn”. Collaborator and team playing skills measure one’s personality and key motivation aspects that enable individuals to fit into their job roles as well as organization’s culture.

Cubiks test

It is an international assessment and development consultancy (http://www.cubiks.com/), with great importance throughout Europe, the United Arabs Emirates, Malaysia and the USA. They pride themselves in offering “culturally sensitive, competency-driven business psychological solutions in over 30 languages”.  Here, three broad test formats are offered: Reasoning for Business ability tests (RfB series) these test Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, and Diagrammatic Reasoning and assessments have been designed for two key levels of applications; Managerial & Graduate and Business Support. The RfB suite includes supervised and unsupervised versions and assessments are available in many languages.

The Problem-Solving test series has been designed to assess how quickly and accurately an individual can solve new problems. It, however, only tests one’s ability to solve numerical and verbal problems. Verbal questions assess knowledge Antonyms (candidates have to choose which word from a group of five has the opposite meaning to another word); Deviation from category (one must decide which one of five words has a different meaning from the others); pair of concepts (Do two words considered have the same meaning, the opposite meaning, or neither the same nor the opposite meaning?); Verbal analogy (the candidate has to decide whether the underlying meaning or idea in two statements is the same, the opposite, or neither the same nor the opposite). Finally, Logical reasoning involves the participant deciding whether three considered statements have correct/incorrect logics).

Numerical problems on the other hand cover a series of numbers, simple calculations and complex calculations. In some situations, companies will choose to test clients more than once, and for this reason,

The last test, Logiks General, is an online test that measures an individual’s general cognitive ability. This twelve minute assessment measures a participant’s ability to solve verbal, numerical and abstract problems.

Talent Q is yet another consultancy firm that prides itself with over 50 countries’ coverage and has a huge network of clientele companies such as Virgin Atlantic, Royal Mail Groupo, JT Global, Lloyds Banking Group, Ford, and AstraZeneca. Graduate Monkey can even help you in successfully applying for any of such companies. All you have to do is to take this exam.

TalentQ tests

It focuses on 4 key broad aspects: “personality and motivation”; “Ability”; “Competency-based sifting” and “360-degree feedback”. Personality and motivation tests (https://www.trytalentq.com/) measure an individual’s behavioral preference at work, with a focus on “how staff prefer to manage relationships with others, their approach to work and their sources of energy and motivation”. This is captured through “Dimensions”. Drives, on the other hand, is an online questionnaire focusing on individual’s values and motivations in the work place, and focuses on factors that “stimulate and energize individuals in their daily working lives” (https://www.talentqgroup.com/assessments/).

Ability is measured with the help of two tests: “Aspects ability” and “Elements”. Aspects ability measures verbal, numerical and checking skills and is useful for recruiting frontline, customer service and sales staff. On the other hand, “Elements” measure verbal, numerical and logical reasoning and is suitable primarily for graduate, professional, managerial and executive level roles.

Competency-based sifting measures behavioral preferences at work in relation to the most relevant competencies for the job, through “aspects styles”. Lastly, 360-degree feedback is a “MultiView (http://m.mcn.com.au/multiview/)”, competency-based feedback questionnaire that identifies strengths and development needs of employees. It aims to facilitate performance improvement.

Psychometric interviews can be done in different ways, depending on how the tests are designed.  Some tests can only be done online while others are pen and paper based. This, therefore, means that in some instances, one can get instant feedback on performance while in others, candidates have to wait for their results. Requirements differ too- whereas some tests allow use of tools such as calculators, in others, these are prohibited. Since they are primarily meant to objectively identify the most suitable candidates from many competitors, these tests usually give lesser time to answer all of the questions and some candidates complained about this factor. Optimum conditions for gauging one’s prowess are set during this examination- quiet, well lighted rooms and clear instructions to avoid ambiguity. Overall it is assumed that candidates sitting in these tests are in good health.  The evaluators have the discretion to define a pass mark, and in some instances, use other criteria when none of the candidates achieve the set threshold. Numerous sites such as Graduate Monkey, SHL online and Psychometric institute have developed resources that applicants of aptitude tests can use to prepare for the real test.  Some packages are accessed at a fee e.g. £19 while others are offered free of charge.

Why Choose Graduate Monkey?

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There are many job applicants to any position that has been declared vacant by any organization. Aptitude tests help the employer to reduce the number of successful candidates to a manageable size.  Despite many job applicants having graduated with a very high score in the university end up being taken out by this test dragon way before they get a chance to interview the job.  This implies that getting a good career job is more challenging than a college degree. It is more than just a good resume. Graduate Monkey can help you conquer this test dragon and get your dream job a step closer to you. Graduate Monkey focuses on answering the question of how you can get the top mark other than simply guiding you on what score you need to pass the test. This is achieved through their 3-in-1 test preparation packs that are designed with that goal in mind. Graduate monkey offers aptutorial packages which will guide you through the various categories and types of problems you should expect in an aptitude test. The practice test offered at Graduate Monkey will help you test your newly acquired knowledge.

Aptitude tests are not anything close to what you have handled before.  You might be skilled in solving complex mathematical problems but that does not necessarily mean you are good at numerical aptitude test for example. You might be very good at speech but this does not guarantee an automatic pass in verbal aptitude test. All too often candidates make an assumption that if they are good in math or calculations or are fluent in English then they will blitz the aptitude test. This is the wrong assumption. Each psychometric test is administered under a strict timeframe. Numerical aptitude tests for example are used by employers to measure candidate’s ability to perform task involving analysis and/or interpretation of numbers. These tests range from simple arithmetic involving addition subtraction, division and multiplication to complex and more intricate questions where you are required to interpret numerical information presented as graphs, diagrams or even tables. To master these tests, it is important to add a new set of test taking skills to your tool box.

All of the Times Top  100 Employers use aptitude tests to assess candidates innate or learned level of competence to do a given task at a particular level.  For instance, numerical tests assess one’s analytical abilities given a set of numerical data or figures to solve a problem. Nowadays recruiters in these companies are nearly obsessed with aptitude tests while the test providers are continually developing new varieties of these tests to compete with others.

Aptitude tests have both the methods and the categories through which they can be presented. For example numerical test methods may include: numerical reasoning test, collective timing for a number of questions, individual timing for each question or graphical interpretation. Categories of the aptitude test on the other hand assess aptitude or different forms of intellectual ability. Such examples Include: numerical reasoning test, verbal reasoning test and diagrammatic or spatial reasoning test.

If you are preparing for an aptitude test and are worried you can’t do it, you are not alone. As a matter of fact many graduates actually think this way before trying a different approach to prepare for aptitude tests.  You should bear in mind that as long as you have a true desire, proper guidance and the right tools, then you can improve your test score dramatically. As a matter of fact if monkeys can achieve it, why not you?

Graduate Monkey acknowledges that passing an aptitude test can be a daunting affair not because the tests are tricky but simply because there is an uneven ground used during aptitude tests preparation.  This is partly due to the many different categories of aptitude used including logical aptitude test, numerical reasoning tests and verbal reasoning tests as well as the test formats. Similarly there are many test formats such as Cubiks, TalentQ, SHL, Saville and Kenexa-PSL among others.

It is a very obvious fact that if you don’t know the kind of aptitude test questions and the data context you should expect, then you will automatically get a low test score.  That’s a fact. There is a pool of applicants for every decent graduate position. Anyone who succeeds in getting the job does so by preparing adequately in a focused manner while using the right tools in order to pass through each stage in the process.

While appreciating all of the above, Graduate monkey has developed comprehensive test tutorial packs that are focused on specific test formats and categories.  Graduate Monkey  provides preparation packs that are developed by a team of seasoned psychometric experts and that include the Kenexa and SHL style Numerical reasoning tests, Verbal reasoning test prep pack and Logical (Inductive or Abstract) reasoning test tutorials. It is evident that you will find Graduate monkey very unique in their approach. Graduate monkey does not only offer practice tests but also provide candidates with online EBooks and tutorial videos to give every candidate an opportunity to look at problems from different angles.

Types and formats of aptitude tests

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Aptitude tests are administered to successful job applicants as part of pre-employment psychometric assessments to determine if they are intelligently fit for a given job. Most of the world’s top employers use aptitude tests as part of their recruitment process especially for high ranking job positions. When you know you are likely to be subjected to an aptitude test, then you can prepare for one well before you face it. This article describes what aptitude tests are and the types and formats of these tests. Having an aptitude for something means you have a talent or a flair for it. It means you have the ability to perform a given task at a certain level. The task may be mental or physical. Perhaps you may have a mental aptitude for mental arithmetic or a physical aptitude for accurately shooting a football. Generally, aptitudes are not related in any way and are therefore completely independent from one another. This goes without saying that being highly skilled in one area does not guarantee an automatic high aptitude for another. Therefore someone who is extremely good at arithmetic is not necessarily good at football. We can therefore conclude that aptitude is actually a natural talent for the performance of a given mental or physical task. To a certain extent, aptitude cannot be gained through knowledge or training of any kind. The concept of aptitudes closely related to the concept of intellectual Quotient (IQ) although these are two completely different concepts. The intelligence quotient views intelligence as a measurable characteristic consisting of combined results of various independent aptitudes while aptitude tests on the other hand aim at assessing the capability or aptitude of any given person in a systematic, structured and objective way. Aptitude tests use standardized methods and the score for each candidate is compared with those of a given reference group or control. Since there are many different skills, there many aptitude tests as well. Most of them can be found online but only particular types are popular with recruitment agencies. Verbal reasoning test is one example of an aptitude test used by employers during the recruitment process. This type of test gives an indication of one’s ability to analyze and understand written information. This is important as employers want to know how well you can communicate. On the other hand numerical reasoning tests evaluate ones elementary arithmetic skills. These skills are an integral part of almost every assessment. Numerical tests provide employers with an indication of candidate’s ability to work with numbers. These tests are done by use of a series of numbers and simple mental arithmetic tests. They may also include graphs and tables which must to be interpreted. A numerical reasoning test assesses your ability to analyze your mental capacity with regard to numbers and figures. Another type of aptitude test is the abstract reasoning test. This test measures candidate’s ability to discover patterns in abstract data and make the right choice by extrapolating these logical patterns. This test is considered to be the best gauge of one’s ability to solve problems in new situations without prior experience or acquired knowledge. It is also known as fluid intelligence and uses both deductive and inductive reasoning. Logical reasoning test as the name suggests gives an employee an idea of how the candidate is able to make a logical conclusion when presented with a problem. Often the Logical Reasoning test is a form of Abstract reasoning test – as it also consists of sequences or groups of diagrams, shapes, patterns, etc.  Most of the time, the problems presented in this test are often illogical or contradictory. The candidate is not required to solve them based upon their knowledge but to rely entirely on what is in front of them. As a rule, spatial reasoning tests are given if the candidate is required to have a good spatial awareness. It is would be relevant to candidates who are required to think in three dimension such as engineers, architects, designers and pilots. Aptitude tests are usually part of psychometric tests.  Psychometric tests can be defined as the “science of the soul” and are an intricate part of the job application process. Leading companies use psychometric tests in the recruitment process. Psychometric tests consist of two parts. The first one is aptitude tests. As discussed above aptitude tests are used to measure one’s ability to perform a given task at a particular level. The second part of psychometric tests is the personality questionnaires which are used to measure candidates personal attitude towards their environment, personal characteristics and assets. This gives the employer an insight into how well the candidate will work with other people, stress management skills and your intellectual ability to cope with intellectual requirements of the task. Psychometric tests give a complete idea of the kind of a person you are and a set of characteristics you possess. It therefore goes beyond determining whether you have a talent in a given area. Many candidates are afraid of these tests but there is really no need. You should bear in mind that no test is perfect and the client does not rely solely on the test result. Employers will use them together with other selection methods such as experience, study results and application letters.

Make your preparation effective with aptitude test tutorials or Aptutorials!ude

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So, you have been invited to this job interview whereby you have been informed that you will be subjected through an SHL reasoning test. Don’t panic, for so long as you have qualified, we can help you get through the test successfully through our competitive aptutorial package.  SHL aptitude test is just a type of aptitude test whereby an individual is tested to find out whether he has the capability to solve statistical problems and he has got good verbal skills.  This kind of test is given by employers so as to ensure that they get the best candidate fit for a managerial position.

Most individuals are only aware of aptitude online tests where they go to test themselves if they have got the required skills. However, the problem comes in where an individual after taking the test, finds out that he is lacking the skills that will be required during a proposed job interview. It is useless to confirm a problem without prescribing a cure. Some people also have a myth that it’s either one has a given skill or he doesn’t as one cannot develop a skill that he was not born with. The issue here is that most people are usually born with the capability of having a lot of skills. It’s just that some of them are usually either not aware that they have the skills or they rarely use them and so they have grown dormant with time. This is where an aptitude test tutorial comes in handy to polish and help rejuvenate the skills in an individual.

It is basically a session where you are guided by experts on how to develop skills which will come in handy and enable you to pass any type of aptitude test including the complex ones such as the Saville reasoning test and the Kenexa reasoning test. These tests require an individual who can be able to see things in three dimensions as well as be able to imagine how the end result will be even before a task has been done. The tutorials help to open up an individual’s mind and enable him to reason whole-roundly and openly. They also enable him to interlink knowledge from various fields which is so important for decision-making and problem-solving. Each session is unique and especially suited for each individual depending on his personality so as to be able to bring out the best out of the person.

We impart our candidates with various skills including decision making and innovative skills, which are vital and help someone develop the SHL abstract reasoning. This skill is pertinent as it enables one to reason systematically and interlink various situations. This enables one to pass the spatial aptitude test which is usually offered by some employers who require someone who can take up the position of a supervisor. We also ensure that they do acquire more skills than the ones which they will be tested for during the aptitude test. Most employers concentrate on specific types of tests, such as the numerical tests and technical aptitude test.

We usually work to ensure that through our sessions, an individual gains the skills that will not only pull him through the employment test, but will also enable him to handle day-to-day activities. Some of the tests that we subject our candidates to and make them capable of passing them are such as the psychometric tests. This kind of test is usually used to test for a number of skills and capabilities in an individual. This includes verbal skills, numerical skills, decision making skills as well as abilities to deal with hard circumstances or make tough choices. This test comes handy as it eliminates the need to be passed through many aptitude test as in itself it covers many others.

On completion of the session, our candidates are passed through various online aptitude tests for employment which will assess them and ensure that they are in good position to take any aptitude tests for employment. It is important to note that some types of tests require someone with specific background skills. This is such as the operational or mechanical reasoning test which may require someone to have the ability to operate a given type of machine, software or computer program. Attending a tutorial session while having the background skills will enable us provide you with reasoning skills which you can combine with the skills that you already have and be in an advantaged position to pass the test.

It can really be so disheartening to qualify for a job interview and fail to get the job just because one didn’t pass the aptitude test. It’s for this reason that we advise you to take a tutorial session such as the one that we offer at graduatemonkey.com so as to prepare yourself for the interview fully and enable you secure the job. Visit www.graduatemonkey.com