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Job interview tips: numeracy and aptitude tests

These days, it is increasingly common for a job interview to involve numeracy and aptitude tests. This can be especially nerve wracking - not only do you have the already-pretty-scary interview to prepare for, but you also have to think about these aptitude tests, which are usually done under exam conditions.

You can help steady your nerves and gain a better result with a little preparation. Here are some top tips to help you succeed...

A week before

In the week before your aptitude test, you should look at practice questions so that you have a better idea of what to expect. You can easily find these online. The best sites will allow you to sit "practice papers" and give you a score. Remember that under real life conditions you'll probably be timed, so set yourself a time limit for completing the questions.

A day before

On the day before your aptitude test, it's important not to let stress get the better of you. Eat well and get a good night's sleep. For aptitude and numeracy tests, there's nothing that you need to memorise or learn - so don't stress if you feel unprepared. Just make sure you know exactly where to go to sit the test.

On the day

Arrive with plenty of time to spare - there's nothing worse than panicking before the exam begins that you're going to be late! Although numeracy and aptitude tests can be stressful, they are usually short in duration - in most cases less than an hour. Focus and do the best that you can in that period.

 

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