Everything you need to know about Psychometric Testing

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.

For more information about Oyster, fill in your details and I will call you directly for a confidential chat https://www.oysterpartnership.com/wearehiring/