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about 3 years ago by Elk Recruitment
Aptitude Test

Online numerical, verbal and logical reasoning examinations are becoming
more and more popular with prospective employers. These methods of evaluation
are used to quantify a candidate’s skills when it comes to structured and
systematic ways of thinking.  There can also be a time element involved which
may be indicative of conditions a candidate would be expected to perform
under if securing future employment.  In particular, electronic tests are becoming
the standard procedure for organisations that draw a large volume of applicants.

Electronic examinations can discover particular skill-sets and abilities related to
a specific occupation. By comparing the answers and choices of candidates an
employer can quickly select those most suitable to their sector. This information
is then assessed to determine who will go forward into the next stage of the interview
process.  Although many aptitude tests relate initially to numerical and literacy skills,
it is not unusual for employers to attempt to discover deeper and underlying traits
in prospective employees.   In this context, some tests will ask a candidate to evaluate
a scenario which they may experience in employment. Some of these situational
judgement questions are derived in order to evaluate psychological thinking within
social anxiety situations and are particularly prevalent to careers within law enforcement,
the medical profession and social work. A candidate’s answers will often reflect
potential teamwork and leadership skills.  

In most circumstances a candidate will be told in advance when the exam will take place
and so, as in face to face interviews, will have an opportunity to prepare. There are some
differences in terms of how to prepare for an online examination, however.  Participants
maybe asked to use a calculator and a pen and notepaper. An environment conducive
to a formal examination may also be specified, such as a quiet room or a place where a
candidate will not be interrupted for the duration of the exam.   Finally, it is worth remembering
that in most circumstances once an electronic exam has begun it cannot be interrupted
so a good network connection is imperative in order to maximise the chances of a fully
completed test being delivered.