From my personal experiences in India and abroad, the best utilization of a psychometric test is easy to achieve and very much possible. Having said that, you should also remember that the role of a psychometric test is to provide assistance with choosing an appropriate career. It does not work like an independent machine with a secret formula. It will try to capture your thoughts and experiences you have gained through discussions, effort and practice. Back in 2012, I remember one of my students Gautam who was so desperate to choose the perfect career that he spent endless hours researching various professions and assumed that his psychometric test is a magic tool that can solve this puzzle like a Maths problem.
When he received his report with a list of top 5 suggested career paths, he called me to express his disappointment and said “I already knew about these 5 professions. Who will tell me which one of these is perfect for me?”.I asked him to calm down and elaborate on his definition of “perfect-for-me career path”. He said he wanted to choose something where he can succeed effortlessly and make lots of money. I probed him further saying “So you think that Sachin Tendulkar is successful just because he was able to choose the perfect career for himself?” “Yes, of course!”, he responded. I understood his dilemma and shared a brief detail about how Sachin underwent, and continues to do so, a very exhausting daily routine with long hours of practice to keep himself fit for the national team.
With this context, I explained to him that he has high chances of succeeding in all the top 5 recommended paths if he pursues them with dedication. For choosing one out of those five, he must have a consultative discussion with his parents and counsellor. He understood my point and agreed to bring his parents for a face-to-face meeting with his Counsellor. They finally zeroed in to Computer Engineering as the course and the booming Software industry as his target. Gautama is currently one of the highly accomplished Project Managers at a leading Technology company, keeps developing new skill-sets and loves his perfectly balanced life!Discussion with parents, personal commitment to making efforts and gentle interrogation for realitycheck by a trusted Counsellor are critical aspects that must accompany psychometric testing for maximising its effectiveness. Expecting a psychometric test to function like an answering machine is an unreasonable assumption.