Intelligence tests (typically with a fixed time limit) — they examine the level of general intelligence and its individual components, e.g. linguistic competences, the ability to make associations and think logically, capability for analysis and synthesis, speed of learning, arithmetic capabilities, spatial imagination.
Tests of psychological predispositions (without a time limit) — typically examined areas include: motivation to pursue achievements, temperament, resistance to stress, leadership skills, team leadership style, sense of internal control.
Substantive tests — usually prepared and evaluated by experts in a given field. For example, when applying for a job as an accountant, you may be asked to complete tests within the scope of accounting principles, tax regulations, etc.
Language tests — aimed at verifying the level of knowledge of the declared language. Such a test may be both oral and written.
Tests of skills — they verify declared skills, e.g. concerning the use of specific computer software.
Tests of interests — they analyse the candidates’ needs, preferences and interests.
Preparing for the tests:
The prospect of undergoing tests causes anxiety, suspicion or mistrust in candidates. Our advice is not to overestimate their importance. Take a sensible approach and, while tests may be stressful, treat them as an opportunity to learn more about yourself and verify your skills. When faced with the prospect of completing tests, it is first and foremost good to get used to such situations. You can, for example, solve quasi-tests — test samples published in the press or psychological quizzes. By solving subsequent tests, you become proficient at doing it and learn about the process.
When solving the tests:
- Read the instructions very carefully — if there is anything you do not understand, feel free to ask the person conducting the test about those issues.
- Consider the time limit for individual test parts — however, remember that some tests presuppose that it is not possible to solve all tasks within a specified time limit.
- Start by completing those tasks with regard to which you have no doubts and towards the end, revisit those that you have omitted or were difficult for you.
- Reply to the questions honestly and spontaneously — attempts at falsifying the results may be detected with specially designed lie scales