How to Pass Employment Assessment Tests

Taking tests may be an inevitable part of the hiring process.

Taking tests may be an inevitable part of the hiring process.

If a potential employer asks you to take a job assessment test at some point during the hiring process, don't be surprised -- a lot of employers do it. The figures can vary, but different studies show that between one-third and half of all employers do some type of assessment to gauge a candidate's personality, job skills, integrity or other factor they consider important for the position. While some of these tests are there to evaluate your abilities, others are more subjective -- so do what you can to prepare, but don't sweat it too much.

Ask the hiring manager about the testing process. While you may not get a lot of details, it's OK to ask a few questions about what the test will contain and whether there are any specific job skills that you'll need to demonstrate during the test. If you know any current employees at the company, also ask them whether they have any information about the tests or ways to prepare.

Read over the job description to get an idea of the specific skills you'll need for the job. In the perfect world, you'll already have those skills and won't need any brushing up, but chances are there will be a few things you don't know about the specific job, or there will be things you haven't done in a while. If so, read over any old textbooks or training materials you have to brush up on those skills.

Arrive at the testing location well-rested, hydrated and having eaten a good meal an hour or two beforehand. You don't want to do badly on the test simply because you didn't take care of your physical needs ahead of time.

Relax and draw upon the skills and training you've done in the past. If you don't have the skills necessary to pass the test, no amount of worrying or stressing is going to help you now. And in any case, not having the right skills or training for the test probably means you won't have the right skills or training for the job. Conversely, if you do have the skills and training you need, this job assessment will be a breeze.


  • If you know you're a bad test-taker, give the hiring manager a heads up ahead of time. In some cases, it may give you some leeway if you do end up doing badly on the test.

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