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Psychometric and personality tests and assessment centres

Books and articles on psychometric testing, personality testing, aptitude tests and assessment centres for both candidates and hiring managers.

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How to succeed at an assessment centre
Harry Tolley and Robert Wood (Kogan Page, 2006)

This book covers all aspects of attending an assessment centre, from what to wear to what to do after the assessment centre, to ensure you get as much benefit from it as possible. Chapters include sections on role play, giving presentations and how to succeed at group exercises and pass psychometric tests.

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eBooks

The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

Get that job: interviews - how to keep your head and get your ideal job

Contains chapters on self-assessment, communication and presentation skills, answering tricky interview questions, telephone interviews, internal interviews, assessment centres, and psychometric tests.

How to pass technical selection tests

Aimed at candidates facing psychometric tests as part of the recruitment process. Includes sections on preparing for tests, common types of psychometric tests, and samples questions for different types of reasoning ability.

How to succeed at an assessment centre

Offers practical guidance on passing recruitment tests held at assessment centres. Includes sections on group exercises, communication and presentation skills, psychometric tests, panel interviews, and role-playing exercises.

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Online articles

The library provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. Access to articles is provided to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

The acid test

The use of business psychology to assess the potential of management teams is becoming increasingly popular, especially for investors gauging the prospects of a particular company. Given the focus on the systemic risk of companies in the wake of the crisis, investors need to be certain they can be confident in the leaders of a business. This article discusses the use of psychometric assessment tools.

Psychometric assessments - Using them wisely

Psychometric assessments can be very useful for selection, but can also risk being used ineffectively. How can you avoid the pitfalls?

When hiring, first test, and then interview

The authors recommend that employers in service industries begin the employee screening process by using short, web-based psychometric tests, leaving a smaller group of applicants for the more time consuming processes of scanning CVs and carrying out interviews.

Useful links

Psychological Testing Centre
Information and guidance relating to standards in tests and testing from the British Psychological Society. A Test Taker's Guide is available, covering the test process, guidance on what psychological tests measure and how to prepare for tests.

Interview tips: Psychometric tests
Tips from Prospects, the graduate careers website, on the different types of test and sources of practice psychometric tests.

Aptitude tests
Advice from Wikijob, a careers and job-hunting website aimed at graduates, with descriptions of different test types, the test structure and tips on preparing for tests. Wikijob also provides subscription-only practice tests.

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