Cognitive assessments

Psychological testing

Numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning and critical thinking skills are major aspects of general cognitive ability and are some of the strongest overall predictors of job performance. Tests take around 12-15 minutes to complete with questions of varying difficulty. As such candidates of every ability level can be tested, from entry level to senior management. Many employers choose to perform such tests to predict a candidate’s future work performance.

Numerical reasoning

Numerical reasoning is one of the most basic skill areas and involves the ability to draw conclusions from data provided and assess one or several of the following:

  • Critical thinking ability
  • Basic or general arithmetic operations
  • Ability to perform estimates
  • Ability to analyse graphs and other data
  • Level of speed in making analysis or assessments
  • Level of concentration in solving problems

What it involves: Arithmetic, graph or table interpretation, manipulating data and / or pattern recognition.

Suitable for: Whilst anyone can take this test it is mostly used for developers, programmers and analysts. It can be used for any role type as it would be difficult to succeed in many IT or digital jobs today without such skill.

Verbal reasoning

Verbal reasoning is the ability to understand, interpret and logically evaluate written information.

What it involves: Generally such a test involves reading a passage of text followed by a statement. Candidates must then decide, based on the information contained in the passage, if the statement is true, false, or not possible to say without further information.

Suitable for: This test is best suited to candidates seeking client facing or leadership roles where the success in a role is determined by their ability to comprehend and relay information between individuals.

Critical thinking

Critical thinking is the ability to apply clear and reasoned thinking to solving problems.

What it involves: Critical thinking tests will assess your ability to make inferences and assumptions and to reason logically with arguments. You may be required to answer multiple choice questions or write freehand text in response to a set of information.

Suitable for: This test is suitable for all hiring managers and will help them to develop an understanding of a candidate’s approach to problem solving and applying information in a variety of contexts.

Personality assessment

Personality is the combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual’s distinctive character.

What it involves: Personality assessments will involve a range of multiple choice and true / false responses to behavioural based questions.

Suitable for: All candidates should have a personality assessment completed to help the hiring manager understand how the potential employee would fit within the company culture and team dynamics. Where a team leader is looking to shift the culture, a certain personality type may be sought to help dislodge unhelpful attitudes and behaviours thanks to new personality influences.

Leadership assessment

The leadership styles questionnaire provides a measure of the personality traits shown to be indicative of major leadership styles.

What it involves: Leadership assessments will involve a range of multiple choice and true/false responses to behavioural based questions.

Suitable for: Hiring managers that require leadership capability from their new recruit. This type of test is also suitable for self-assessment if you are interested in pursuing management roles.

Sales assessment

Our sales personality questionnaire provides a measure of the personality traits which have been shown to predict job performance in sales roles.

What it involves: Sales assessment will involve a range of multiple choice and true/false responses to behavioural based questions.

Suitable for: Hiring managers that want to be certain about their potential recruit’s sales ability.

All tests must be considered in combination with information gathered during interviews, reference checks and in context of your company’s unique needs. If you are interested in learning more about our cognitive assessments then get in touch with us on 1800 793 203 or write to us at