The right answer to assessment questions

An assessment test is a pretty common part of the application process. And while they're not supposed to have right answers or wrong answers, they can be tricky.

Amy White |

An assessment test is a pretty common part of the application process. Potential employers use these questionnaires a lot. And while they're not supposed to have right answers or wrong answers, they can be tricky. Some people might think of these assessments as discriminatory, but that's not the case.

Answering assessment tests

Assessment tests aren't graded--they're more like a personality test such as Myers-Briggs. Your answers are evaluated during the pre-employment process, but not for the "right answer." A hiring manager may want to see what he or she might think of as right answers, but an answer key doesn't actually exist.

These assessment tests help managers place job seekers in positions that are right for their skills and personality types. It's a tool employers use to make sure everyone on the team has their place to shine and can use their strengths.

Say you're filling out a job application for a customer service position. The assessment test may ask a question like "Do you consider yourself a problem solver?" If solving problems or taking charge to resolve customer complaints isn’t your thing, you should definitely answer, “no.”

Why?

Imagine getting a job that makes you uncomfortable or one that doesn't use your skills. You probably won't be very happy--or successful. And that can affect your job performance and how you represent the company. Both you and your potential employer want to make sure you have a job you like. Assessment tests are designed to identify your strengths, your weaknesses AND your preferences.

All in all, when it comes to answering questions on a job assessment test, it's best to give honest answers. You deserve to find a position that fits your personality type. You deserve a job that meets your professional, social and emotional needs. And a potential employer deserves to find a worker who thrives in the position and enjoys it on a daily basis.