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?
Understand personality tests
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 this assessment.
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 science job.
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 assessment.
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