Aptitude Tests are often known as a pre-employment assessment method used by employers to get an idea of candidates’ personalities, abilities, and skills. Over decades of psychological studies and developments, these tests have been designed and perfected to provide the most truthful and unbiased insights of human complexity for many different purposes. In early recruitment especially, if you are a student or graduate looking to apply for your dream entry-level role, here are the best ways to utilize Aptitude Tests to your advantage.
Practice Aptitude Tests to improve self-awareness
Aptitude Tests, like Personality Tests and Abstract Reasoning Tests, are surprisingly useful to help you reflect on your innate traits and cognitive strengths. While Personality Tests offer in-depth ‘nature and nurture’ understandings of a person and suggest how they can make the most of who they are; Abstract Reasoning Tests or Diagrammatic Reasoning Tests show your thinking process and where your intelligence shines. Many employers have these types of tests available on their career site for free, as an informative and interactive tool, for prospective candidates to complete and figure out a suitable role or department. As cliché as it sounds, self-awareness is the first step to success, however, you define it; and Aptitude Tests can certainly equip you with this invaluable knowledge.
Implement Aptitude Tests to make teamwork more efficient
Situational Reasoning Tests and E-tray Exercises are very well known for their capacity to visualize the profile of candidates in the workplace and to evaluate whether they are a good fit for a team or a company’s environment. Besides this particular use in recruitment, Aptitude Tests can also be used before allocating responsibilities in group projects within schools, universities or businesses, to help define one’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as where they can best contribute to the rest of the team. Having the opportunity and knowledge to choose the right roles helps all team members feel more fulfilled, valued and therefore, productive in driving the project forward. University group work and eventually, collaborations in the workplace, might not be that challenging after all.
Use Aptitude Tests to show your potentials
Finally, Aptitude Tests, especially Numerical reasoning Tests and Verbal Reasoning Tests, are the best tools you can utilize, as a student or a new graduate without years of experience, to prove that you are more than capable. Taking those early steps in your career can be tricky, as you need the experience to be qualified for a job, but you also need a first job to gain those experiences. Aptitude Tests came in as a solution to both employers and candidates in this ‘chicken and egg’ situation, where you can finally evident your great skills and attributes. Employers can be ‘sold’ on your exceptional results and give you a shot; at the same time, they will no longer be missing out on a future leader. There are many unexpected ways Aptitude Tests can be used, but use it wisely, and you will be able to build a strong professional profile with proven abilities and knowledge.
Nikki Pham is currently studying an MA in Creative Enterprise in Cardiff. She works as a copywriter, particularly in the space of higher education, early career, and business. She is also developing her own creative startup using her skills in social media, communication, illustration, and design.