Graduate Aptitude & Personality Tests

Graduate Aptitude & personality tests have become very popular in recent times, particularly in recruitment for graduate schemes. They give employers insight into candidates which they may not be able to get from a normal interview.




Graduate Aptitude Tests

An Aptitude test is a standardised test designed to measure the ability of a person in different cognitive areas. It’s a good idea to find out if there will be any tests in your interview, get as much information as possible and practice them. There is a wide variety of test types including:

Numerical Reasoning
Logical reasoning
Non-Verbal Reasoning
Verbal Reasoning
Computer/IT Aptitude Tests
Vocabulary Tests

Most tests are multiple choice with a time limit.

You can find out more information and access some practice tests at the following sites:

University of Kent – Careers Advisory Service
Practice Aptitude Tests
The British Psychological Society’s Psychological Testing Centre (PTC)

Graduate Personality Questionnaires

You may also come across personality tests. These are again multiple choice questions such as:

Are you more interested in:
(a) what is actual
(b) what is possible

The classic ones match your personality to 1 of 4 colours:

Blue Personality: Analyser/Organiser
Green Personality: Helper/Supporter
Red Personality: Leader/Promoter
Yellow Personality: Creator/Performer

So for example a graduate sales role would suit a red personality, whereas as a graduate designer might be a yellow personality.

You can find out more information and access some practice tests at the following sites:

The Keirsey Temperament Sorter
Mark Parkinson – Graduate Selection Tests