The type of test depends on the employer and what they want to find out. 6 Common types of test include:
1. Practical assessments
These test whether you have the practical skills for the job. For example, you might have to work with a mock customer to show your communication and service skills. Or you could be asked to demonstrate your technical skills by using equipment or software you’ll need to use on the job.
2. Numerical reasoning
These test your ability to deal with numbers. Questions could be about percentages, graphs, currency or arithmetic.
3. Verbal reasoning
These test whether you can understand and interpret information. You might have to read a paragraph and answer a question about it.
4. Non-verbal reasoning or diagrammatic
Instead of written information, you're asked questions about a series of images. This tests your understanding and problem solving skills.
5. Personality tests
These give an employer an idea of whether you'd suit the job and their workplace. For example, questions about what you like to do.
6. Situational judgement
This tests how you’d approach different scenarios which might take place at work. The questions will be about issues and how you'd resolve them.
Aptitude tests online or in person
Many employers will ask you to complete an online aptitude test. If that’s the case, make sure that your internet connection is reliable.
Check exactly which test you need to complete and what links and logins you need. The employer should have given you this information, but if you’re unsure just ask. When the time comes to take the test, make sure that no one is going to interrupt you.
Turn off your phone and other distractions like the TV or radio.
Alternatively, you could be given a time and place to go and take your test. Sometimes tests take place as part of an assessment centre. This means you might take part in several activities over the course of a day or a few hours – including interviews, tests and group exercises. Find out more about assessment centres in our interview advice.
If you're going in somewhere to take your test, make a good impression. Look smart and arrive in plenty of time. Remember that your behaviour could be being watched at all times. So be professional and friendly and focus on the task at hand.