Before any jobhunter comes face-to-face with excellent career opportunities and competitive compensation, he or she needs to satisfy first the requirements of the hiring companies. These include, as we all know, passing a successful interview and acing employment examinations.
Most of the time, if not always, you need to complete company employment exams before you could have an opportunity to meet the hiring manager in an interview. It is like when you are visiting a big house. You need to pass on the gate first before you could enter it.
Here are some tips to ace those employment exams for you to grab that ultimate ticket to an interview. Try to ponder on these and for sure passing those exams would be as easy as ABC.
1. Read Direction Carefully
Not following the directions might completely wipe out your dream to pass any given exam. Even if you know all the answers, if you mistakenly did it wrong you will definitely fail. Most employment exams today are being checked using electronic checkers or programmed computers. These technologies were not programmed to understand your mistakes. They just check the exams based on standards installed on them. Be sure you know what you are supposed to do. If it is not clear, ask the proctor.
2. Maximize your time.
See how long your exam is. Pace your time wisely so you have time for all aspects. Do not waste your time on questions you do not know the answer. Remember that all questions have equal value. Move on to items you know. Come back to those you have not answered if you still have time. You may try to answer the essay questions first as these always have the largest percentage.
3. Answer only what is being asked in essays.
If the question asks you to give example, give some. Watch for key words in essay questions, such as compare, discuss, contract, and describe. These words spot to what the instructor will look for in your answer.
Outline your essay before you write. This will keep you on the topic and you will be more likely to include all the points that you have in mind. Write your essay neatly—it may affect your grade. Define the terms you use. Use examples—this helps show that you know what you are writing about. If you run out of time, direct the reader to your outline—you may still get points for what you did not write.
4. Be smart in answering multiple choice
When you are taking a multiple-choice test, the first thing you need to do is to read the question carefully. Make sure you understand what kind of information you are looking for. If you know the answer right away, you should mark the correct answer and move on to the next question.
If you do not know the answer, you might be able to figure it out. The first thing to do is to cross out answers you know are wrong. If you end up with two answers left and you are not sure which is correct, you should probably take a guess. You are just as likely to guess the right answer as the wrong one.
5. Prepare both emotionally and physically
Be positive, do not assume that you will fail. Remember the law of attraction. If you attract good things, good things come your way. Believe in your ability.
Get a good and sound sleep the night before the exam. Proper rest will energize you. Eat nutritious food so you have the energy and nutrients to fuel your brain and body.
6. Do not hesitate to ask questions.
If there were something unclear and confusing to you, ask the proctor. This will shed light to any unclear instructions.
7. Wear comfortable clothes
It not the time to show your fashion sense during exams. If you feel uncomfortable with your clothes, you might lose your concentration.
A mind at peace will result to beautiful outcomes. If you feel nervous, try to take a break for a second. Take a deep breath and do not forget to let it out. Change your position. Stretch your arms, hands and neck. Make sure that you do this quietly. Then go back to taking the test.