How to pass Personality / Career assessment tests?

The theory of various personality tests in recruitment is that different personality types respond to questions in a different way. Your psychological type can be a predictor of a career choice that is a good fit for your personality. These tests ask a series of questions that help match your personality with a career (jobsearch.about.com). Martin Gibbons suggested on pharmiweb.com that, personality profilers do not consider your education, qualifications or experience. They purely look at your personality. It is not an exact science and potential employers often miss-use the system and depend upon it too much. Some people come across differently than they would imagine so it is important that you know how you are coming across. They are not perfect and they do get it wrong. Do not assume you know what your report says until you have tried a report and read the results. An employer will delve into your perceived weaknesses according to the report, so it is better that you know what these may be and prepare some questions. Everyone has weaknesses in their report. Do not try and cheat your results answer honestly. There are two reasons for this • You do not know what type the employer is looking for • You do not know how to reproduce this type It is also possible for experienced profile analysers to tell if you are trying to trick the system. Remember the best way to understand personality profilers is to do one. Try one by clicking below: http://www.pharmiweb.com/features/feature.asp?ROW_ID=704&section=howto#ixzz1mvGVuFOb

Cover letters – somewhat or totally useless?

This guy has it half right. There is some use in cover letters, although most don’t read them, but not for the reasons he suggests. It may be somewhat old-fashioned in this 140 character limit age we are in but I do think there is value for a candidate to write down in (ideally) words of several syllables exactly why the job they are applying for is suitable for them and vice-versa.

This will allow them:

-to check they are suitable for the role, how many boxes do they tick?

-to demonstrate (should someone read it) that they know how to write with correct spelling and grammar

-to practice selling themselves! This  is as an opportunity to demonstrate the ways they meet the job spec and particular ways of phrasing or articulating achievements.

Hopefully this will lead to candidates engaging fully with the job they have seen advertised and be more likely to secure an interview. Equally (and I may be being a bit too ambitious here) it would sound the death toll for the generic cover letter.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2012/02/06/why-you-still-need-a-cover-letter-even-if-no-one-reads-it/