Graduates admit trying to cheat psychometric tests
A new study has shown at least 5% of graduates have admitted to cheating in psychometric tests, with another 17% saying they would cheat if they knew how to get away with it.
The most common types of tests graduate job seekers have to face are numerical reasoning and verbal reasoning and the result can determine whether they get through to the next stage of the selection process.
As a result the stakes are high and some desperate graduates are discovering ways to cheat the selection process.
The survey by a popular psychometric assessment website found that the majority of job seekers are honest, with 75% saying they would not cheat in an online aptitude test.
However 17% of respondents who said they would cheat if they knew they would not be found out, forcing many recruiters to use complicated verification methods.
If a candidate passes one test, they usually get asked to retake a similar test at a later stage, but under supervised conditions where their high score can be verified.
Of the 5% who said they would they cheat, many have already have done so.
One tactic involves deliberately disconnecting their internet connection mid-way through a test and then asking to retake it. However most companies offering psychometric tests avoid this by using questions randomly selected from a large bank of questions. Even if candidates get to see the same test twice, the chances are they won't see many of the same questions.