How to Prepare for an Employment Examination


Nowadays, employers are getting pickier. For one job position, there may be around 10-20 qualified applicants who were able to pass a job interview. Employers rely not only on the interview, but also on testing. Your chance of getting a job depends on how well you complete a pre-employment examination. Here are some tips on how to prepare for an employment exam:

Preparing for Written Exams

Knowledge, skills, and abilities can be measured by tests and these are important factors that employers are looking for in an applicant. There are several things that you can do to put yourself at ease when faced with a written test.

  • Read the job announcement carefully. Study the purpose of the job and list down the knowledge, skills, and abilities that are needed.
  • Research about the duties to be performed by an employee for the job that you are applying for.
  • List down the tasks that require proficiency such as the ability to use computers.

On the Day of the Written Exam

  • Dress accordingly and comfortably.  It is important that you are dressed for any type of environment. You may not know the type of environment the testing area will be so it is best to be prepared.
  •  Don’t forget to wear a watch. Most exams are timed and having the right mindset for the exam will help you mentally. If you don’t have a watch, position yourself in a place where you can see a wall clock in the testing area.
  • Arrive at the testing area ahead of time so you still have time to relax.How to Prepare for an Employment Examination
  • Relax your mind by deep breathing. This is a good relaxing exercise and helps minimize tension.
  • Compose yourself and maintain a positive outlook. Your feelings can influence your test performance. Try to stay calm.

What to Do During the Written Exam

  • Carefully read and follow the instructions on your test paper. Do not assume that you know how the test goes.
  • Make sure your handwriting is legible. Employers have other tasks to attend to and checking a test paper with a difficult handwriting to understand is time-consuming.
  • Do not stick to a question for a long period of time. If you are having trouble answering one question, leave that question and jump to another. You can always go back to that question for later.
  • Answer the easy questions first. This way you can get to finish the exam faster.
  • Don’t be discouraged if you don’t know the answers. Concentrate instead on answers that you know.
  • When faced with multiple choice questions, eliminate the choices that you know are wrong. If you don’t know the answer to a question, try guessing an answer and remember that the first impression is usually the right answer. Do not leave a question unanswered.
  • If you are finished answering the exam before the time, review your answers and make sure you have answered all the questions.


Preparing for a job employment exam gives you the edge among other potential candidates. Good luck!

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