These tests are a tool used by some employers at pre-interview stage.
Psychometric tests have been used by employers for over 100 years, and recent surveys suggest 75% of the The Times Top 100 companies, plus around 70% of UK companies with over 50 employees, use these as part of their recruitment process.
There are different types of tests, and they all focus on a different set of skills or abilities. Ultimately, it is important to keep in mind that employers have different benchmarks – although the test scoring is produced according to specific guidelines and by trained professionals - and it is not necessary to score high in all areas included in the test.
Preparing for these tests can be very useful to boost your confidence and be more focused when you find yourself being assessed through them.