Have you been invited to take the Bryq assessment?
This means that your potential employer truly cares about employees and wants to ensure that you not only have the required skills, but are a good overall fit for the role and the company. This provides you with a better career outlook from the get-go.
Here are a few things that you should know about the assessment and how to take it.
Why the assessment?
What makes you a good software developer, a good tester or a good accountant? It’s clearly not just your knowledge, but what is the best way to determine fit for a particular job?
Organization psychology is providing us with a set of proven frameworks that can support our decision. It gives us tools to measure personality traits (such as the 16 Personality Factor models) and how these traits match specific job profiles (Holland codes and the Five Factor model).
Bryq’s assessment is a scientifically calibrated measurement of both your cognitive skills and your psychographic traits. It measures the 4 main cognitive skills (numerical, verbal, logical and attention to details) as well as your personality traits. These are matched with the requirements of the specific role and the company and a matching score is provided for each requirement.
Bryq does not provide hire/no hire decisions, neither does it replace the human part of the process. It is merely a powerful tool that will provide with employer with information about how well the candidate matches each requirement, so that the employer can then interview the candidate and have a guided discussion focusing on specific areas, instead of a general discussion that usually only covers a few random areas.
How to take the Bryq assessment
You have received an email invitation, like the one in this picture.
Whenever you are ready, simply click on the “Get Started” link.
If you get interrupted for any reason, you can always resume your test by revisiting the same link.
Most people need between 50’ and 70’ to complete the test. Make sure you have enough time before you start the test. You will probably need pen and paper to complete the numerical part of the test, so make sure you have these available.
During the test, Bryq will enable your camera at random intervals and capture small audio and video clips. These clips will be made available to your potential employers and are used to showcase that you did in fact complete the test by yourself, without any assistance. If you deny Bryq access to your web camera, the assessment will still proceed, but potential employers will no longer be able to verify that you completed this alone.
The assessment itself is an ongoing dialog over a messaging interface (similar to slack or skype), much like you would use in most companies today.
Different executives from the company introduce themselves and ask you questions in their respective areas of expertise. There is a lot of context switching between cognitive areas and psychometric questions, much like in everyday life.
For each cognitive question there is a time limit. If you do not answer within the time allotted, you simply advance to the next question. Don’t worry if you miss a few questions - only a small percentage of people answer all the questions on time.
For the psychometric questions there is a 15 second time limit, but you still have to answer the question even after the time expires.
After the assessment is completed, you will see a summary report of your results.
It provides you with your top two cognitive areas, and a list of the most dominant characteristics in your personality, one for each of the 16 categories.
Think about how your characteristics match the specific job role. If you are e.g. competitive, is this a job that requires a competitive profile (like a sales role) or rather a role that requires a cooperative profile (like an HR role)?
Unlike other assessments, there is no pass/fail for Bryq, neither is there a test score. The test results are presented to your potential employers, as well as how well you match the specific job description.
When asked to interview with a potential employer, you should keep in mind that your interviewers will have access to your profile and will ask more specific questions. This will be helpful for both you and the interviewer to have a more productive discussion, so that you can both decide if this job is really a good fit for you.
F.A.Q. - FrequentLy Asked Questions FOR CANDIDATES
Q: Do I need to retake the assessment for every potential employer?
A: No, once you have taken the test once any subsequent requests can use the same test results.
Q: How long are the results valid for?
A: All the underlying assessments used in Bryq exhibit a good long-term stability. We consider assessment results valid for 12 months after each assessment.
Q: How long do you keep the results for?
A: All test results are kept in our database for 14 months.
Q: Can I delete my account and remove all data?
A: Visit candidates.bryq.com and login (or ask for a log-in link to be emailed to you). Once you login, click on the settings icon and click on the “delete all your personal data” link. Note that your data will be completely removes and employers will not have access to your profile. If you are invited to another Bryq assessment, you will have to retake the test.
Q: Is the assessment always the same?
A: There are multiple variants for each question in the assessment. While the number of questions remains the same, the specific questions served will vary each time.