Set aside a time of day to complete the assessments when you know you will be most alert.
If you are completing an assessment under supervised conditions, plan to arrive at the agreed location with time to spare. Feeling pressured or stressed as a consequence of being late may undermine your performance.
Familiarise yourself with the different types of tests you will complete and practice these under the same conditions as the real assessment situation.
If you have special requirements, make sure the assessor understands these well in advance of testing so alternative arrangements can be made if need be.
During the Assessment
If you are completing the assessments at home, make sure to choose a time when you know you will not be interrupted.
If you are completing more than one exercise, you might like to take a few short breaks between finishing one assessment and starting the next.
Carefully read all instructions before starting an assessment and complete all practice questions.
Do not panic if you don’t finish one or more timed exercises. These tests are typically not designed to be finished. Instead, try to work as accurately and as quickly as you can.
If you don’t think you have worked to the best of your ability on any one assessment, try not to let this distract you, but focus instead on the next assessment.
Don’t try to guess what the assessor is looking for from your assessment results. It is best to answer each question as honestly as you can. It is your personal opinions and preferences that an employer wants to see.
Although personality and interest questionnaires are not timed, try not to spend too long answering any one question. Your first, instinctive response is generally the most accurate.
If your assessment involves an interview, role-play, or group exercise, pay attention to your non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions, body language, and gestures.
After the Assessment
Regardless of the selection outcome you are entitled to feedback on your assessment results. You might find this helpful in terms of your own professional development, so if not offered, ask if feedback can be made available.
If you have the time, take a break, relax and put your feet up. Depending on the length and type of assessments you completed, you may feel mentally drained and tired.
Try not to dwell on how you handled any one component of the assessment process – you may be pleasantly surprised! Remember that assessment testing is just one part of the selection process that an employer will take into account.