Pre-Employment Test Guidlines
PRE-EMPLOYMENT TEST GUIDELINES:
Consider the Role:
Employers are trying to determine if you’ll be a good fit in the organization, and as such, they’ll be looking at your responses to questions that signal common behavioral characteristics. For example, if you’re applying for a sales job, make note of questions that ask you to assess your confidence, your persuasive nature and your communication skills. Indicating that you’re shy or reserved and that you don’t like public speaking will create a red flag for this role; responding to questions by indicating you’re are outgoing, engaging and that you are a good conversationalist who enjoys people will signify that you’re a good fit for the position.
Watch out for questions that could lead you to inadvertently contradict yourself, which could indicate you’re untrustworthy. For example, if you indicate in one response that you have exceptional time-management skills, but in another response you admit to being habitually tardy, you’ll send the wrong message. If you indicate you have a strong sense of loyalty in one response, but then admit to job-hopping in another response, again, you negate what you are saying. Be consistent with your response to themed questions.
Watch for Red Flag Questions:
Regardless of the role you’re seeking, some types of responses will cast you in an unfavorable light. Be aware of questions that speak to potential biases, prejudices or bad habits. Also watch for questions which might indicate that you are not a team player, or that you lack empathy. Your objective with this line of questioning should be to position yourself as a reliable, trustworthy, engaged professional.
Honesty will be your best approach when taking pre-employment personality tests. Even if you can manage to game the system with a few responses you think the employer wants to hear– if you end up getting the job based on calculated responses — chances are that the job won’t work out well. You’re better off giving an honest assessment of yourself than manipulating your way into a job that turns out to not be a good fit.