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New Tests Update: Mechanical Reasoning Test and Numeracy Pack

New Mechanical Reasoning Test and Numeracy Pack at JobTestPrep
This month at JobTestPrep our writers have been busy creating new material. We want to let you know about two updates: new Mechanical Reasoning questions, a new Numeracy pack.

Mechanical Reasoning – new test! Complete with 26 new questions >> If you are applying for a technical or engineering position you will probably need to take a mechanical reasoning test. Our updated pack contains everything that was there before plus the new test at the same price. 

Now the pack contains: 5 mechanical reasoning practice tests, 10 spatial reasoning and other technical tests. These cover the spectrum of mechanical question types including levers, pulleys, electrical circuits and gears. As with all our packages you will have immediate online access, comprehensive explanations complete with solving tips and 24/7 access. Plus a 25% discount on future purchases!

New Product! – Numeracy Pack, £29 → If you want to brush up on your basic numeracy this is the product for you. In this package you will receive study guides covering the basics in Equations, Operations, Fractions and Decimals followed by hundreds of practice questions. Each question comes with an explanation and score reports are provided for each test so you can now how you’ve progressed.

This package will also be included free for anyone who purchases our Numerical Reasoning pack for £29!


The Changing Face of the Recruitment Process

The Changing Face of the Recruitment Process - JobTestPrep's Blog
As businesses fight to survive during these tough economic times we have seen a large number of organisations close or go into administration, with employees being made redundant or their working hours and responsibilities reduced in an effort to try and reduce costs.

As such there has been a flood of applicants into the jobs market and, with such desperate financial times, many of those applicants are now applying for jobs that they may not have applied for in the past. These may well be jobs for which their skills and qualifications are not suited.

So how do those recruiting find the right fit?

It is a highly saturated and competitive jobs market with a reduction in the number of jobs and an increase in the number of applicants and, faced with this, employers that are recruiting are looking at adapting their recruitment methods so that they can be certain that they are picking the right person for the position. Just as the way we work is changing constantly, so is the way organisations recruit and it is not just businesses that need to adapt but also applicants.

With the economic crisis running through the US and the euro zone, this is something that all jobseekers across continents need to be prepared for.

No longer can an applicant simply rely on the strength of a CV and a have a uniform CV for each position they apply for, neither can an applicant think that if their qualifications match the job specification they will almost certainly be guaranteed to find a position.

Methods such as assessment centres and psychometric testing are becomingly increasingly popular, as we are finding out directly from our clients who are looking for high quality candidates.

Assessment centres are not ‘off the shelf’ products and are designed with several factors in mind; the requirements of the role, the ethos and culture of the hiring organisation and whether they are interviewing external candidates or promoting from within.

An assessment centre is a programme of events designed by the hiring organisation that candidates will go through. Each exercise will reflect the requisite of the role and the culture of the organisation.

There is no set structure for assessment centres and the format can include interviews, group exercises, presentations, in-tray exercises, case studies, psychometric tests and written tests.

Some organisations will use an assessment centre to whittle a ‘long list’ of applicants down to a ‘shortlist’ for interview and some will use them to identify the strongest applicant out of a predetermined shortlist.

Based on the exercises employers are in a more informed position to predict the future performance of an employee, greatly increasing the chances of selecting the right candidate for the job and reducing the risks and subsequent costs (both time and money) of an ultimately flawed recruitment campaign.

So when applying for any position a candidate should first think seriously about whether they are suited to the vacancy and whether it is suited to them. It is of no benefit to either party for a person to end up in a job where everyone expends time, money and energy on making it work ultimately for it to fail.

If a candidate is then chosen for the next stage of the selection process then they should prepare for every eventually and for every type of scenario. Having a good grasp of the type of company and the exact specifications of the job role and how you fit with it is an excellent starting point but beyond that you will need to be flexible to whatever kind of exercise you are asked to take part in on the day.

The opportunities for candidates remain the same – it is still a great chance to sell yourself to a prospective new employer – but the way in which those opportunities are presented may continually shift and job seekers must move at the same speed to avoid the risk of being left behind.

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About the author: Neil McDiarmid is Managing Consultant of Workplace Law Career Network, the specialist recruitment division of Workplace Law that focuses on the recruitment of permanent and interim staff in the field of Facilities Management, Building Services, Health and Safety and Human Resources.

5 Things Every Future MBA Student Should Know

5 Things Every Future MBA Student Should Know - JobTestPrep's BlogFor many aspiring MBA students, the application process can be grueling. Planning for success is imperative in the business world, and the same approach proves true for business students who wish to obtain a post-graduate degree.

1. Get Involved

Students and recent graduates who hope to earn an MBA should make networking a top priority. Recommendations are required as part of the admissions process; and a good relationship with industry leaders, professors and employers can grab the attention of the admissions department. Internships, entry-level jobs and volunteer programs are all excellent ways to meet mentors. Students should work to develop and maintain these relationships to secure a positive and thorough recommendation. It is never too early, or too late, to begin networking. However, it is a general rule that the longer the relationship, the stronger the recommendation.

2. Start Early

As future business leaders, prospective MBA students should be familiar with time management and planning. Undergraduate students who plan to apply for graduate programs are encouraged to begin researching graduate programs a year in advance. Many students find it helpful to compile a short list of schools that suit both their financial and professional needs. Some students will need to take supplemental classes such as accounting or finance in order to enter a graduate program with the necessary prerequisites.

3. Study

In addition to ongoing coursework, students who are preparing for an MBA will need to begin studying for the GMAT a year in advance. The GMAT is a standardized test used by business schools as a measurement of how suited a student is for graduate management programs. There are four parts of the test: quantitative, verbal, integrated and analytical. Students can obtain various books and study materials for this test, and are strongly encouraged to participate in prep courses and practice tests.

3. Evaluate Strengths

A single talent or skill cannot guarantee acceptance into an MBA program. Admissions panels consider a wide range of factors when choosing candidates, which means certain attributes may be overlooked and others may be scrutinized. During the application process, it is imperative for students to provide evidence of their strengths by citing accomplishments and achievements. It is also, however, important to be prepared to answer for any poor grades or a lack of community involvement.

5. Practice communications skills

Students will be required to submit essays during the admissions process. These essays often require students to share meaningful information in an extremely concise manner. Also, students will most likely be invited to an interview during the last stages of admission. In order to convey confidence, students will need to practice responses and positive communication techniques through both speech and body language.


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About the author: Samantha Gray is a freelance writer for www.bachelorsdegreeonline.com She volunteers as a tutor for a literacy organization, driving her passion for all things education and learning. Questions and comments may be sent to samanthagray024@gmail.com


JobTestPrep launch the new RAF Aptitude Test Practice Pack

JobTestPrep launch the new RAF Aptitude Test Practice PackAs promised a few weeks ago on our blog (read Free RAF test practice), JobTestPrep is proud to launch the new RAF Aptitude Test Practice pack

This includes hundreds of practice questions by topic, including exclusive coverage of the workrate and spatial reasoning sections! 

The pack also includes a full-length mock aptitude test, study guides and explanations as well as score reports, solutions and solving tips. 

Also check our our free Royal Air Force (RAF) Aptitude test – start practicing now!