These may include:
- Application form (usually on-line) or CV
- Telephone interviews
- Panel interview
- Group exercises
- Social events
- Psychometric tests
These aim to gather evidence that you have the abilities and qualities to be successful in the job. Employers will select appropriate methods to review each candidate in order to make an objective assessment.
On the day
- Get a good night’s sleep the evening before the test.
- Plan to arrive in good time.
- If you usually wear glasses (or hearing aid etc) make sure you take them with you.
- Ensure that you know exactly what you are required to do – do not be afraid to ask questions.
- Follow the instructions you are given exactly.
- Read through the questions and answer choices very carefully.
- Eliminate as many wrong answers as possible. For example, with numerical tests, a quick estimate may help you discard several of the options.
- Work as quickly and accurately as you can. Both speed and accuracy are important.
- Do not waste too much time on difficult questions. If you get stuck on a question, leave it and move on.
- If you finish all the questions in the time allowed, check your answers.
Careers information online
The ‘Careers Information’ section on Moodle gives you access to a range of web based resources. This includes the following videos:
- At the Assessment Centre
- Journey to Work
- Medical Selection Centres
- Making an Impact at Interviews
Use Profiling for Success to practice psychometric tests, including:
- Verbal reasoning
- Numerical reasoning
- Critical thinking
To access these and other resources enrol yourself on the Careers Information module on Moodle.
Need financial help getting to interviews? Take a look at the information about the Lancaster University Travel Bursary.