Testing, Testing!

Just when you thought your school days were behind you, you arrive at a job interview, and before you even meet the hiring manager, you are asked to take a couple of tests.  Don’t panic!  Many companies administer one or more of the following types of exams:

  1. General Aptitude: They want to gauge your basic reading comprehension, problem solving and math skills.
  2. Personality Test: We’ve seen this type of test administered mainly to sales professionals.  They want to make sure your personality will be a fit for the company culture and the position, especially if you will be dealing with customers regularly.
  3. Industry Exam: They want to make sure you understand the technical aspects of the job.  It may include questions about the industry, vocabulary, documentation and procedures.

Always allow enough time for the interview and any possible testing or filling out of applications.  Remember that these are being administered to all applicants as a matter of policy.  Take a deep breath, take your time, and answer all questions to the best of your ability.  Pencils down!