Preparing for a job interview assessment test? Don’t worry, we have got you covered.
The thing about this test is you can’t ace it by having small talk with an interviewer, in fact, often there is no interviewer in the room to talk to. So, forget about the rapport you’ve created of that one time you saved your employer millions by solving the heck out of a problem.
It’s just you (and probably your competition) having a candid moment with pen and paper. But no, this is still a job interview, and the same tricks apply. The way you are doing it is what makes it different. To figure out how to ace this test, keep these five tips and tricks in mind.
You want the job, of course, but lying isn’t the way to do it. For example, if you applied for a job at a reputable retail company such as Costco, you must be natural and honest when answering Costco interview questions. You can’t come to the interview with canned, pre-prepared answers for every question on the assessment test. For such a question, you would be better off answering honestly. Realize that you would not always have the kind of answers the recruiter needs.
Don’t go into that assessment room too rehearsed. Yes, there is a feeling of anxiety and panic given that this test stands between you and your dream job, but remember, the recruiter is judging you based on your responses. Avoid using the same answers or saying things exactly the same way. It shows that you are reciting what you prepared for rather than reading, understanding the question, and answering to the best of your ability.
Go Back to the Job Description
Before you set foot into that glass door, study the job description again to see how your skills align with it. Know that everything will look remotely interesting at first glance, and failing to read the job description in its entirety could cost you. Besides, the whole point of an assessment test is to weigh how you fit for a particular position. In many questions, the recruiter will be looking at how your answer aligns to the job description.
While assessment tests are fundamentally different from the traditional job interview, practice is a constant. Nowadays, there are many websites that allow you to practice assessment tests for different job descriptions. It is an opportunity for you to get an accurate read on what to expect and a clear picture to help your readiness to impress. The advantage here is that you can get comfortable, and there are no consequences for your answers.
For many trick questions, take your time. Read the question fully to understand it before choosing the most appropriate response. Don’t rush to complete the assessment, as the difficulty might change as the test continues. A rule of thumb is to go through all the questions first to identify the questions that might need quality time to answer. Give yourself time to answer and move on to the next question.
Job assessment tests are, in many ways, no different than the traditional job interviews with hiring managers. And just as you would prepare for this interview, you can also prepare your answers to some of the commonly asked questions, be yourself, take your time, and ace the interview.