By Victor Akumu
What are aptitude tests? Another name for aptitude tests is psychometric assessment tests. Many Kenyans know psychometric assessment tests popularly as aptitude tests.
Psychometric assessment tests measure a person’s mental capabilities and their behavioural attitudes. Many employers in Kenya make use of psychometric tests to measure a candidate’s suitability for a particular role.
The psychometric tests have become popular in a way. They can extract and identify hidden aspects of a candidate that CVs and face to face interviews cannot establish.
An HR recruitment specialist says many Kenyan job seekers fear psychometric tests. They have a number of reasons to justify this fear. Others believe the tests are not a good measure to assess their abilities, personality and job suitability.
The HR recruitment specialist explains that psychometric tests in Kenya are usually objective and statically examined.
The main types of psychometric tests are Aptitude tests and Personality and Occupational Questionnaires.
Aptitude tests evaluate your competence, logical, analytical and reasoning ability in a specific field.
Personality and occupational questionnaires identify the way a person will behave in a situation. They also look at how the person does certain things and their attitude.
How to pass aptitude tests
The most common types of aptitude tests are verbal and numerical logical reasoning.
Some of the tips that you can use to pass your next psychometric test include the following.
Practising psychometric testing techniques
The key to passing psychometric tests in Kenya is to practice, practice and practice.
Flexi Personnel Kenya did a research on aptitude tests. The research found out that many Kenyans believe that a university degree can make them pass an aptitude test easily. Yet, this is a wrong assumption. Aptitude tests work on a time basis and their unique design tests a certain skill set.
Be in good mental or physical shape
The day before going for a psychometric test, you must ensure you are in good mental and physical shape.
Make sure you have enough rest. Tiredness and divided attention are the main reason why most Kenyans fail psychometric tests.
Ensure you properly understand what the employer is looking for in a job applicant
Make sure you understand what the employer wants. Thereafter, you will ascertain whether your profile fits what they are looking for. This will help you to prepare better for any psychometric testing.
Have an open mind and be as truthful as possible
There is no wrong or right answer in a psychometric test.
When taking the test, it is important to be as open-minded as possible. Also, make sure you are answering as truthful as possible.
A person can think that a particular answer is inappropriate. Yet, the employer might be looking for a person who will provide such an answer.
The HR recruitment specialist says also that it is not important to answer all questions. This is because the employer times the test. The best strategy is to complete all the easier questions since they all carry equal weight.