Trends 2019

The current state of play in 2019 for the graduate jobs market, for personality test research and for situational judgement tests is discussed below.

The graduate jobs market in 2019

Graduates face an increasingly challenging job market. According to the latest figures, 40% of graduates have failed to find graduate-level positions two years after finishing their degree. To help them select the very best candidates from an abundance of quality. Understanding these tests and how they are used will give applicants a competitive edge in today’s job market.

Situational judgement tests trends in 2019

Situational judgement tests (SJTs) have also become prevalent in graduate recruitment. These tests presents scenarios to applicants and asks them to select the best and the worst thing to do next. The scenarios are set within the context of the recruiting organisation, so the questions are usually perceived favourably by candidates. SJTs are very popular in the United States due to their excellent record of fairness across different ethnic groups.

Personality test trends in 2019

Candidates may also have to take a personality test as part of the recruitment process. There is a vast array of personality tests, which pose questions about a candidate’s behaviour and personal preferences. A typical question may ask whether you prefer attending parties or staying home with a good book. These personality tests help employers to determine whether a candidate has the right profile for the role.  The best strategy for completing a personality test is to answer honestly, as these tests are carefully designed.

Behavioural consistency

Still, the principle behind biodata is behavioural consistency; that past behaviour is the best predictor of future behaviour.

Not all future behaviour is expected to be predicted; for recruitment purposes biodata can only give an indication of which behaviours – both desirable and undesirable in the workplace – is likely to be repeated.

Personality Tests Trend 2019 – Biodata questions

Personality biodata questions measure a variety of constructs, including attitudes, personality attributes, interests, skills/abilities, past events and experiences. An individual’s learning history is of particular interest.