Some employers might ask you to complete an aptitude test as part of the job application process. But what will this involve, and is it something to worry about?
Whether it’s clearly stated in a job advertisement or crops up as you move through your application, an aptitude test is a fairly common requirement when you go for a job.
The purpose of these kinds of tests is to help employers decide which job candidates most closely match their requirements. The type of test will depend on the job role and what the company is looking for.
You’ll often be asked to do the test during the final stages of the recruitment process, to help the employer decide on the best candidate.
Certain tests, however, can take place earlier on, to help shortlist candidates. These will tend to be simpler, shorter versions to check on specific skills.
Generally you will either be asked to complete the test online from home, or on the day of an interview at the company premises. They are usually multiple choice and there may be a time limit.
There are tests to assess all kinds of skills and abilities. Many employers design their own custom test which examines competencies specific to the role.
A little practice is always a good idea. There’s something of a ‘knack’ to these tests and it’s good to refresh your memory. You will find practice aptitude tests on various websites, and there is a particularly broad selection here.
An aptitude test shouldn’t be anything to worry about. It’s designed to check you can do the job you’ve applied for. If you’ve held the same position in another organisation, you will be fine – you’ll have the necessary skills.
If not, the test will help you understand if the job is right for you or not. If it doesn’t go well, chances are you won’t enjoy the job anyway.
So in a sense the test can work for both you and the employer – you can choose to decline the role and find one that suits you better.