03 Nov 6 Unconventional Test Day Tips
I have a lot of tips for the test (pace yourself, thoroughly warm-up, use your legs to push, etc).
What doesn’t always get mentioned are the little things that can affect your performance, or help you stand out as a candidate.
Below are 6 unconventional test day tips to help you be successful:
1) DOUBLE KNOT YOUR SHOES
Last month a candidate failed her test by 1 second. The primary culprit: her laces coming undone. The last thing you want is laces coming apart during your test. The clock don’t stop while you tie your shoes, so make sure to double, triple, or even quadruple know your shoes.
2) VOLUNTEER TO GO FIRST (IF POSSIBLE)
Some agencies have an order they like to run candidates and will stick by that. But if possible, volunteer to go first. It reflects well on you as it shows initiative. It also gets the jitters out of the way. The last thing you want is a Speedy Gonzalez going ahead of you, setting a blazing time that you have to follow up on.
3) DON’T BE A WALLFLOWER
Recruiters aren’t only looking at your performance on the test. They’re looking at what you’re doing off the course, while you wait your turn or when you’re done. Are you a team player and cheering others on? Are you interacting with other candidates, being supportive? You can’t afford being shy.
4) KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING AND ARRIVE EARLY
I think this shouldn’t be said, but I will cause I see this mistake made often. Know exactly where you’re going and arrive very early. Drive to the test site days before your testing day so you know the exact route you’re going, if there’s traffic, what parking is like, etc. Arrive an hour early if you have to in case there’s a traffic incidence to go around. Showing up late doesn’t look good on you.
5) BRING SNACKS AND WATER
It’s a long day of testing. Make sure to bring snacks and water to keep fueled and hydrated throughout the test (especially if you’re gonna be one of the last to test)
6) DON’T QUIT ‘TIL THEY MAKE YOU QUIT
Unless you’re feeling light headed or you sprain something, fight to the bitter end. Don’t quit because “it’s too hard” or you think you’re failing. You quit when they force you to quit, when they say you are done. You are more likely to get a 2nd chance sooner, rather than later, if they see you fighting for it.
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