Aptitude testing: the key to selecting the best talent

05.09.2023

If you are or have been looking for a job, you have probably been given an aptitude test as part of the selection process and you may have wondered: what is the purpose of these tests? In this article, we will explore the importance of aptitude testing in a recruitment process and how it can help build high performing teams.

 

 

What are aptitude tests used for?

 

Today's job market is more competitive than ever, and companies want to find the best candidates for every position. But how do you ensure that a candidate really is the best fit for your company's needs, culture, and values? Aptitude testing has become a key part of the recruitment process, helping organisations to objectively and effectively identify the skills, abilities and aptitudes of candidates.

 

At Axxon, this is the basis of our talent selection process. The candidate pre-registers for the position he or she is interested in, and an initial selection is made. Later in the process, we carry out an aptitude test to consolidate whether the person is the right fit.

 

 

What do recruiters look for?

 

In a changing and competitive business world, recruitment is no longer based solely on CVs and interviews. Companies are looking to delve deeper into the skills and psychological characteristics of candidates to ensure they are the best fit for the role.

 

Aptitude tests are scientifically designed to assess an individual's aptitudes, skills, and abilities. They can measure various aspects such as intelligence, analytical thinking, verbal skills, memory, attention, and decision-making. Because they are scientifically based, they provide a more impartial and objective assessment of candidates, away from subjective bias or intuition.

 

The use of aptitude tests allows companies to quickly identify the specific competencies required for each position. As a result, they can select candidates with the greatest potential for success in the role and a better fit with the corporate culture. In addition, these tests can also reveal hidden aspects of a candidate's personality, helping to prevent potential conflicts within the work team.

 

 

How can I prepare for the aptitude test?

 

As well as benefiting organisations, aptitude testing can be a valuable tool for candidates themselves. They can help candidates become aware of their own skills and strengths and give them a better understanding of their suitability for certain job roles. Therefore it is important to:

 

  • Know what type of aptitude test you will be taking and what areas will be assessed.
  • Take a few practice tests to familiarise yourself with the structure and questions.
  • Adequate rest beforehand so that the brain is in the best possible condition to answer the questions.
  • To minimise nervousness during the test, adopt a positive attitude and have confidence in your own abilities.

 

Finally, it is important to remember that it is not a matter of passing or failing, but of assessing individual abilities, so do not get frustrated by difficult questions and concentrate on trying as hard as you can.

 

With confidence and a positive attitude, you will be better prepared to successfully complete the aptitude test. And if you have passed the test, here at Axxon we give you some tips on how to face the recruitment process.

 

 

Have faith in your talent and dedication, you are ready to shine in this selection process. You will succeed!