If you have ever applied for a chemistry, immunology or
other science job and been asked to take part in a pre-hire assessment or
employment test, you will likely understand the pressure that many candidates feel
during this part of the science recruitment process.
In addition to gruelling interviews, many science employers
are now subjecting applicants to tests of their aptitude, personality, skills
and job knowledge to determine whether they are the right candidates for their
vacant science jobs.
So, what are our tips here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions
for progressing through such tests with flying colours?
One of the most popular forms
of pre-hire assessment, personality tests give recruiters a greater
understanding of the individual behind the application. Unlike other forms of assessment,
personality tests have no right or wrong answers
and are instead designed to measure the 'traits' associated with success and
performance. Companies looking for a team
leader, for example, will be seeking friendly and outgoing personality traits from
Personality tests also help to uncover the honesty and
integrity of the people taking them . Indeed, some employers use validity scales
to detect attempts at misrepresentation, so you could damage your chances of employment
if your answers are dishonest or exaggerated.
Stay calm and relaxed
If a prospective employer sees that you are nervous or
worried during a pre-hire assessment, they
may question whether you will be able to handle the day-to-day tasks of the job.
Although some interview nerves are perfectly normal, you should be relaxed
enough to be able to think clearly and
deliver the best possible interview performance.
Science recruiters using a pre-hire assessment normally rely
on a number of factors to determine
whether you are right for the position, so don't be disheartened if you
underperform during a particular task. You can still rely on a strong CV, a
good interview, experience and solid references to help you land that dream
Take time and
understand the task at hand
Some employment tests can be undertaken
in the comfort of your own home, but many are performed at employer premises as
part of a fuller formal interview process.
Depending on the type of activity that you have been asked
to complete, you should ask the recruiter how much time you will need and
ensure you use that time effectively. A proper understanding
of the nature of the task will also inevitably help you to perform better, so
ask questions when possible and read the instructions carefully.
Prepare in advance
Preparation is always key before an interview. Make
sure that you can confidently tick off everything on your pre-interview
checklist and familiarise yourself with the questions and tests ahead of
time when possible, preparing answers to the questions that you think you may be asked. The more preparation you do, the
higher your chances are of impressing and succeeding during a pre-hire
If you are presently looking for an exciting new role in a science
or technology-related field, check
out our latest advertised vacancies from a host of employers here at Hyper
Recruitment Solutions, one of the most trusted recruitment agencies in a
wide range of highly specialised science fields.