Psychometric tests and skills tests are often used in job selection. Both can be vital tools to help you find the best people for the job. But what exactly are they, and what are the differences between these two types of tests?
Psychometric tests are instruments that tell us about individual differences: such as personal characteristics or cognitive ability (intelligence), compared to other people. Skills tests tell us about whether a person can perform a certain set of tasks, and how well. While they might sound quite similar, they are actually different. The main differences between psychometric and skills tests are their design, their applicability and what conclusions can be drawn.