Psychometric & aptitude testing for Managers in HR, Recruitment, Training, OH&S

Psychometric testing companies offer a wide range of psychometric tests (aptitude tests, personality tests and skill tests) with different difficulty and complexity levels. The combination of psychometric tests you will take and their level of difficulty are typically matched to that of a manager role in HR, recruitment, training and OH&S.

In this section, we would like to offer you an introduction to the psychometric tests that someone who applies for a manager role in HR, recruitment, training and OH&S is likely to get. You will learn about the type of psychometric tests you are likely to get and what employers expect to find in your psychometric test results. You can learn more about psychometric tests in our free psychometric test guide. To prepare for the psychometric test, take our short online psychometric test courses and practice psychometric tests online.

The types of psychometric tests we describe here are the typical tests offered for your role, but some companies/employers may deviate from this.

Based on our extensive experience, candidates applying for roles similar to that for which you applied are asked to complete the following psychometric tests:

Personality test

Numerical reasoning test

Verbal reasoning test

Abstract reasoning test

Personality test

There are several popular work-related personality tests. In contrast to clinical personality tests that are widely available on the Internet and measure broad personality traits, these tests measure behavioural styles, attitudes and personality characteristics that were found to be relevant and impact people’s performance in a workplace.

The personality test typically measures your attitude towards and ability to work with stakeholders, your project/task management style, your behaviour style towards other people such as co-workers and managers, your ability to cope with stress in the workplace, your decision-making style, your level of creative thinking/acceptance of change, and more. Read more about the personality test in our free personality test guide

What do employers expect to find in the personality test results of a manager applying for HR, recruitment, training and OH&S?

Employers will assess the extent to which your personality characteristics match those of the role you applied for. We list below the typical personality characteristics that employers seek in managers in HR, recruitment, training and OH&S. As mentioned above, some employers may deviate from this list.

  • People leadership (influence, inspire and motivate others)
  • Project management (managing resources, including staff, prioritising tasks, managing risk and managing multiple tasks)
  • Considerate, with the ability to listen to others’ needs
  • Social confidence and interpersonal skills (friendly and rapport-building skills)
  • Analysing situations in a structured, logical and calculated manner
  • Emotional resilience
  • Stress tolerance
  • Take charge (direct others’ HR-related activities)
  • Influencing others’ opinions and activities (in HR-related matters)
  • Working collaboratively with peers, staff and customers
  • Focus on customers and possess a business orientation
  • Compliance with professional rules and regulations

Personality question example

Let’s look at the following example, which assists employers to interpret your ability to work well with others.

Please select the response that best describes you:

I would prefer to spend an evening:

a.     at home with a quiet hobby

b.     at a party

If you choose ‘at a party’, you would be saying that you are likely to enjoy the company of other people and enjoy interacting with them; whereas, if you choose ‘at home with a quiet hobby’, you would be saying that you are likely to be more content working independently with less interaction with people.

Take our practice personality test online and get a detailed report about your strengths and weaknesses relevant to the role you applied for. You will also get tips on how to better demonstrate your suitability in the personality test. To get better results, you should also take our short online personality test course. The course will guide you through the necessary steps you need to take to prepare for your personality test.

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