A career aptitude test can give you an indication of which jobs match your personality and which careers you may have an aptitude for. There are a variety of online career aptitude tests and assessments that can help you determine what type of job matches your career interests and aptitudes.
In addition, there are employment tests and talent assessments companies use to determine if you are a good fit for the jobs you are applying for.
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Taking a career test is a little like playing "what do you want to be when you grow up?" with a twist. The twist is that career tests can give you ideas about what you possibly should do rather than you simply pondering what you want to do.
Employers often use tests and other selection procedures to screen applicants for hire. The types of of tests and selection procedures utlized include cognitive tests, personality tests, medical examinations, credit checks, and background checks.
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There are a variety of free career tests available. Do keep in mind that some of these tests aren't scientifically validated. However, they are quick and easy to take and can give you insight, at least, into what type of work you might want to do.
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Career assessments you can take online to get an idea of what career options may be a good fit for your interests. Some are free, others charge for results, so check before you start the test to see whether you are interested in paying for the advice.
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Online personality tests measure your intelligence or aptitude, inventory your skills and assess your ability to succeed in a career. Some work as simply as selecting colors you like and don't like, with others you'll need to answer questions.
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Talent assessments, also called pre-employment tests or career tests, are used to help an employer identify candidates that will be a good fit for jobs. Talent assessments help predict a new hire’s performance and retainability.
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