How to prepare for online psychological testing?

  • Mirta Alfirev
  • 25. February 2024.
  • 3 min read

The mere thought of psychological testing can cause nervousness for many. However, online psychological testing is the most common method used in selection processes because it offers convenience and flexibility to candidates who can easily access tests from the comfort of their own homes or any other location. With online testing, companies gain insight into candidates' traits and abilities, making it easier for them to make hiring decisions. To help you prepare for testing, experts from the SELECTIO Group has written 7 useful tips to help reduce stress.

  1. Learn about the type of testing you will undergo: Being informed about the tests can help you understand the format and types of questions you will encounter. This reduces uncertainty and nervousness, allowing you to know what to expect. It might be a personality questionnaire, cognitive ability test, or another type of test. If there are any factors that may affect your ability to take the test (such as not being fluent in the language of the test or having diagnosed dyslexia), inform the test administrator in advance so you can receive an adapted test.

  2. Be rested and focused: Psychological testing requires clear thinking and focus. Before the test, it's important to get plenty of rest. Ensure you have enough sleep and proper nutrition to feel fresh and ready. Avoid overeating or skipping meals to ensure optimal performance.

  3. Prepare for technical challenges: Before starting online testing, ensure your mobile device and computer have full battery and are connected to a power source. Also, it's important to check the reliability of your internet connection. Additionally, check if you need any special programs or applications to access the test and download and install them in advance to avoid technical difficulties during testing.

  4. Allocate time before and after the session: Before starting online testing, allocate enough time for preparation. If you need to travel to the location where you will take the test, leave on time to avoid rushing and stress. Also, plan your day so that you have free time after the test. This will help you avoid feelings of anxiety if the testing takes longer than expected.

  5. Minimize distractions: Choose a room where you can ensure silence and minimal disturbance. If you don't live alone, it's advisable to inform household members not to disturb you during testing. Turn off notifications on devices before testing to avoid interruptions and distractions. Some tests may have time constraints, so it's good to ensure maximum focus.

  6. Read instructions carefully and be honest: The purpose of job testing is to provide an accurate representation of your personality and abilities. Therefore, it's okay to write down or mark the first answer that comes to mind. Overthinking often leads to inconsistency in answers. Carefully read each question and instructions to ensure you understand what is required of you.

  7. Ask questions: If you're unsure whether you've understood the procedure or instructions, don't hesitate to ask the person administering the test. Ask for clarification if something is unclear and feel free to ask for the possibility of interpreting your results to better understand the evaluation.

Experts from the SELECTIO Group provide a professional approach and support to candidates throughout all phases of psychological testing. Additionally, after completing the entire selection process, each candidate may have the opportunity for personalized feedback tailored to their needs and goals, providing valuable insights for further career development and leading to a better candidate experience.