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How to Pass the Psychometric Games

Psychometric games are perplexing for many graduate applicants. How can an online game be in the way of me receiving an offer from the perfect employer?

Unfortunately, the popularity of the games based assessments is growing and are becoming engrained into the process of candidate selection as the effectiveness becomes apparent over time so whether you like them or not, they are here to stay. The reduction in cost and ease at which candidates can access them has paved the way for multimillion pound businesses such as Pymetrics which counts the likes of Unilever amongst its clients and Debut which was born out of Ernst & Young; Price Waterhouse Coopers even require you to download an app in order to take their games assessment, something that would have been unimaginable in 2010.

As with the Situational Judgement Tests the games can be calibrated on current employees and so if you perform the same as a current employee then you are probably more likely to pass to the next stage of the assessment.

To pass the games it is important to remember they aren't testing your dexterity or reaction times. They are actually looking for indications of traits such as creative thinking, problem solving skills, persistence and analytical ability. Only if you knew what each game is testing and what the hiring company is looking for could you know exactly how to approach the game but this is unlikely due to the variance between employers criteria. There are however some things you can do to give yourself a better chance of standing out to the employer:

  • Relax - taking the time to get yourself comfortable and collect yourself before you start means you're likely to be less sporadic and random in each game. A lack of consistency is likely to cause inconclusive data, you want them to be able to see you're awesome.

  • Research - there are often clues on employers website. For example, they may describe themselves as "A group of hard working creative problem solvers that love a challenge". This is a clear signal that they are looking for people that keep testing new methods to solve the problem in front of you. They aren't looking for someone who persists with a way of doing something if its not working.

  • Conviction - It is easy when taking the tests to question what they are expecting you to do and this takes up time. If you have done your research then trust your first instinct and go with it otherwise you could find yourself in a tangle.