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Everything you need to know about Psychometric Testing

Hannah Clarke

Head of People

Jul 15, 2022

By: Oyster’s Talent Manager, Hannah Clarke

Five years ago we introduced psychometric testing here at Oyster Partnership. We needed guidance during the hiring process and a tool that could assist us with internal career development that wasn’t just based on ‘gut feeling’ or billings.

I am responsible for employing talented individuals to join the Oyster family, so I thought it would be useful to write a few facts about the test and what you can expect.

  • There is no pass or fail; you’re not ‘scored’.
  • We are looking for personality and behavioural traits – there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers.
  • Generally speaking, the test that we administer last around 40 mins, however there is no time limit.
  • You don’t need to research anything – it’s all about self-perception so you just need to be honest with yourself!
  • The test is not used in isolation, you’ll also interview with Managers face-to-face.
  • We don’t just test people at interview stage; we use this as tool for career development.
  • Results are valid for around 24 months – as you change and develop through experiences and education, so will your results!
  • Psychometric testing provides objective results (so we aren’t basing our decisions on instinct!)

Here are my tips if you’ve been asked to complete a psychometric test:

  • Turn off your mobile phone/TV/radio. You don’t need to be distracted.
  • Be honest with yourself.
  • Stop overthinking how we might want you to answer the questions.
  • Concentrate specifically on what the question is.
  • Don’t rush it.
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Head of People

Hannah Clarke

With 15 years of Recruitment experience under her belt, 13 of which have been spent at Oyster, Hannah is (and always will be) an office legend. After reaching a staggering 80-something temps – the stuff of Oyster folklore – Hannah made the monumental decision to step into a whole new role. And thank goodness she did, or we wouldn’t have her as our Head of People, steering our often-chaotic ship, and playing a huge part in Oyster’s staggering growth plans.

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