The History of Psychometric Testing

Whether you are going through the recruitment process or simply thinking about applying for a new role, you’ve probably come across the all-important psychometric test. Psychometric tests may seem new, in the sense that most employers are now beginning to utilize them in recruitment efforts across the board, but what most people don’t realize is the lengthy history behind psychometric tests themselves, which have developed throughout human history to be the psychometric tests we take today.

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How do Employers use Psychometric Tests?

Employer using Psychometric Tests


If you’ve passed the screening stage for a job you’ve recently applied for, then you may be asked to complete a psychometric test which is designed to test your aptitude, ability, and personality to see how well you fit the role. Today, we are going to talk about the most common types of psychometric tests, what they hope to find, and how employers use the results to determine who to hire.

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Why do Employers use Aptitude Tests?

Employer selecting the right candidate with aptitude test

Aptitude tests are gaining in popularity, as employers try to differentiate between candidates with similar education levels, workplace experiences, and skill sets. According to the Harvard Business Review, approximately 76% of companies with over 100 employees use aptitude tests as part of their recruitment procedure, making preparing for an aptitude test a crucial part of any job-seekers interview preparation.

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