E-assessments: An Essential Part in Job Application Procedures

This article is meant to provide you with some basic information, tips, and strategies which are needed when you are asked to complete an E-assessment. E-assessments are used to give a general idea of an applicant’s ability to process and interpret information.

E-assessment tests are becoming more and more popular among recruiters of large organizations. Their challenge: trying to select the best applicants out of an abundance of applications when it is too costly or time-consuming to invite all suitable applicants to an interview.  Your challenge: Pass their test!

Although there’s more than one way to go about completing your test, it goes without saying that you need to inform yourself well, prepare the right skills, think of a good strategy, and make sure you’re physically and mentally prepared. This article shows a small selection of things to keep in mind, based on years of experience in training students for these types of tests.  

Phase 1: Inform yourself about things such as the question types to expect, the time you have per question, and other relevant things such as the test deadline of the company you’re applying to. A good way to find this information is to browse your invitation for information, and find the website of the company which designed the test. If you have questions about anything you encounter during the various stages of your preparation, contact the test designers. Don’t harass your recruiter unless you have to  ;) 

Skills needed usually revolve around being able to select relevant information, and make multiple quick analyses of various possible outcomes in order to choose your best answer. It is essential that you make a practice test if available and try to get an idea of what type of questions will be presented. Practice with questions which are as similar as possible to provide a realistic experience. 

Strategic choices include issues such as guessing an answer if you’re not sure, skipping questions you don’t understand, or setting a time per question not allowing you to complete the test, but rather setting a realistic goal. And keep in mind the test is trying to link “smart” and “right answer”. So any behaviour unrelated to “right answer” should be avoided, and when that is not an option, you may as well choose to see if you can beat the odds and make a few guesses! 

Lastly, mental preparation means mostly that you’re active and awake when you take the test. But also get your head around the idea that you shouldn’t make a perfect test. Just be better than the rest. Even if you have half the questions wrong, you could still be the best. So no worries, there is no way to assess whether you’re doing well or not. Just relax and complete your test!

If you’re looking for more information, contact us at www.Careerstarter.nl. We’ve made test preparation our work, and are happy to advise you on your personal situation!