Psychometric Assessment: To Test Inner Ability

These days it is not just an interview that decides the fate of an employee, a management graduate or any other professional. There are many methods to cross check if an individual is fit for the particulate role or not. There are behaviour analysts, psychologists and other professionals who have gained a permanent place in the interview panel. Of all the methods, the most common is psychometric assessment.

It is used not just for corporate recruitment but also for school children appearing for board exams and other crucial entrance exams. It is widely used all over the world as psychometric assessments are standard and scientific in nature. It is used for measuring an individual’s mental capacity and behaviour pattern.  At times, counsellors use it for determine the line of career a teenager shows inclination towards.

Psychometric assessment can be easily obtained from anywhere. At times these are also available free of cost on the internet. Before using any tool one must confirm the reliability and validity of such a tool because if these two parameters are low then the results cannot be relied on. Scoring is most of the times very simple however the interpretation has to be done be an expert who is trained to carry out the assessment.

The various types of tests

Two basic forms of psychometric assessment are as follows:

  • Online test – An individual has to give the test online.
  • Paper pencil- An individual has to write down the answers on a piece of paper.

Both these forms are timed and must be carried out in presence of an invigilator.

The most basic psychometric assessment involves the following:

  • reasoning ability
  • verbal reasoning ability
  • numerical reasoning ability
  • situation reaction test
  • abstract writing test

However, there can be many more aspects depending on the purpose of use. In simple words, it tries to find out our core beliefs, values and intentions of why we do, what we do, or why we say what we say or behaviour in particular situations. The results obtained are generally accurate as the pattern reflects across the test. Generally the interpretation is done by two or more people who are trained in the field or are certified psychologists. One must remember that there are no right or wrong answers to a question, it is entirely depends on the temperament of the individual taking the test. The invigilator has to do it in a non-judgemental environment.

Some of the commonly used and well known psychometric assessment tools are as follows:

  • Career Hunter
  • The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Instrument commonly known as MBTI
  • John Holland’s SDS
  • O*Net Interest Profiler
  • The Princeton Review
  • The Big Five Personality Test

Whatever test one decides to use make sure that it is bought from a reliable source. Many sellers just sell the test and do not take any responsibility for scoring and interpretation. Make sure to share the results with the individual so that he gains insight.

To conclude, these tests are of utmost important to understand a makeover of an individual.