Tag: Interviews

  1. How to score high on psychometric tests

    Woman taking a test on a laptopIf you are looking for a new job you’ll find that companies are using psychometric assessments as part of their recruiting process more and more often. Recruitment is an expensive business and including a personality assessment in the interview process can help employers to pick the best candidate first time.

    Naturally, applicants who are eager to do well may ask themselves ‘how do I score high on a psychometric test?’.  Well, there is good news; you can’t fail a psychometric assessment.

    What are psychometrics?

    Psychometrics are all about trying to understand you as an individual and what makes you tick by testing you with numeracy, literacy and logic based questions. Your answers suggest whether you are: a logical thinker or dynamic; a caring individual or someone capable of making a tough decision; or a big picture person or someone who enjoys detail.

    There are positives to be found in all these behaviours and jobs that will suit every individual. Employers use psychometric assessments alongside interviews, group tasks and practical ability tests to make sure they find the best match for the particular role they are advertising.

    That’s why there’s no cheat sheet that will work in every scenario – every job, team and company is unique.

    Tips for taking a psychometric assessment

    So, what do you need to do to perform at your best in a psychometric assessment?

    Don’t stress

    No employer will base their decision to employ solely on psychometrics. It is just one factor in the assessment process. Be prepared for the test to be timed. Try to stay calm and get through as much as you can, leaving tougher questions and coming back to then at the end.         

    Be yourself and answer honestly

    Many assessments include systems designed to identify people who are answering in a way that indicates they are trying to influence the assessment. If your responses suggest a wildly different personality to the one you show under interview you are just likely to get more questions! 

    Apply for the right jobs

    Think carefully about the kind of job you are suited to and the type of company you want to work for. If you are applying for the right job for you, the assessment is likely to indicate this and suggest you are a good fit.

    Practice

    Look at some sample questions. There are lots of websites that allow you to take basic psychometric assessments for free, such as www.assessmentday.co.uk. You will quickly see there is no right or wrong answer.

    Take a free assessment and put your mind at ease.

    If you take psychometric testing as part of a recruitment process, even if you do not get the job, you can request the results from the employer’s HR team. This could be useful for future testing.

    Finding your perfect job

    If you are looking for new opportunities then take a look at our services for candidates. Ocean Edge has nearly 20 years experience helping candidates find the perfect job in the affordable housing sector.

    If we put you forward for a job where psychometric testing is required we will help you through the process and iron out any concerns. If the test is via email or online we can tell you when and how to access it, and the deadline for completion.

    You might also find our blog posts on CV writing, interview skills and finding the perfect job helpful.

    To find out more about our recruitment consultancy services get in contact: call 023 8000 1153 or email info@oceanedge.biz.

  2. Essential interview skills to secure your next job

    Shaking hands in job interviewCongratulations! Your job application has impressed an employer and they have offered you an interview. Your next challenge is to hone your interview skills and demonstrate the potential that you have already shown on paper in front of a live audience.

    It’s this face-to-face scenario that many people find nerve-wreaking. But with a bit of preparation you can put those butterflies back in their box. Or at least suppress them.

    If you are new to interviews, or if you have failed to secure a job on previous occasions, then this blog post is for you. Here are the essential interview skills that will help to propel you up the career ladder.

    Research, research, research

    There are three essential types of research to do before any job interview: research the company; research its industry; and research the role.

    Make sure you checkout the company website for its history and look at anything written about it online. Other good sources of information are the company’s social media channels for latest news and happenings within the organisation. If it makes products or offers services, familiarise yourself with these and take a look at online reviews.

    Also be aware of the company’s competitors and anything going on in industry news that might affect it. Could new government legislation impact the way it operates in the future?

    Finally, make sure you know what the job you have applied for entails. Read the Job Description and Person Specification thoroughly. Asking ‘what will I be doing’ at the interview will not go down well.

    Prepare for easy questions

    At some point in every interview you will be asked to tell the interviewer about yourself. Make sure you have rehearsed your answer and focus on your work life or training to date.

    Tell the story of your career journey and how it has brought you to this point. It will paint a picture of strategic progression for the interviewer.

    Stay in control of your message

    It’s impossible to predict every question you will be asked but you can prepare your answers. Each interview question is an opportunity for you to tell your future employer why you are a good fit for this role. Answer their question and then expand by selling yourself.

    Be confident

    If you have applied for a job that you are qualified to do and will help you achieve your next career goal then walk into the interview with confidence. Don’t be tempted to psychologically lower yourself. You have every right to be in the room and to talk to the interviewer as an equal.

    Think about your body language and be enthusiastic. However, avoid sounding desperate, regardless of how much you want or need the job.

    Quantify your career successes

    Supercharge examples of your career triumphs by putting them into numbers. How much money did you save your last employer? How much faster did you make an important process? Or how many customer brochures did you redesign.

    Numbers help qualify your value in a way that is memorable for interviewers. Prepare a few examples in advance.

    Keep it positive

    Everyone has had a bad day in the office but interviewers don’t want to hear about it. This is, unless you can give them an example of how you turned things around.

    Always focus on the positive in your answers, and never spill the beans about bad bosses and terrible jobs. It won’t show you in a good light.

    Got nerves? Don’t mention it!

    Everyone is nervous in interview situations. Even interviewers on occasion. But don’t mention that you have butterflies or use them as an excuse for what you think was a poor answer. This will plant a seed of doubt in the interviewer’s mind.

    They want you to be honest in your interview. If you mention that you would have answered a question differently it doesn’t give the best impression.

    If you would like interview coaching or want to find the right job opportunities for your next career move then we can help.

    At Ocean Edge, we are a recruitment consultancy with nearly 20 years’ experience in finding the right candidates for the affordable housing and property sectors.

    Find out more about how we can help you find your ideal job and register for job alerts and offers or contact us at Ocean Edge by calling 023 8000 1153 or emailing info@oceanedge.biz