Plum Assessment 2024: Our Detailed Prep Guide With Useful Tips
Applying for jobs? Everyone knows that job hunting isn’t easy, especially in today’s world.
There is so much competition, and it can be difficult to predict what a potential employer is going to ask you for.
To find the perfect candidate, many bosses are looking for more than just a CV, cover letter, and interview, and are actively implementing new ways to find the perfect employee.
One of these new metrics is the Plum Assessment or Plum test. You might have come across this test before, but do you understand what it’s all about?
If you’re looking for tips on mastering the Plum Assessment or just want to learn more about it, you’re in the right place! We’ll cover everything you need to know, including:
- Understanding the Plum Assessment
- The Plum Assessment Process
- Types of Questions on the Plum Assessment
- Preparation Strategies for the Plum Assessment
- What to Expect on the Day of the Assessment
- Interpreting Your Plum Results.
Let’s dive in!
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Understanding the Plum Assessment
The Plum Assessment or Plum Discovery survey is a pre-employment test that assesses you on work-related traits like problem-solving, communication style, and personality type.
It’s a beneficial tool for employers as it can provide further insight into potential employees and give you an idea of how well they would perform and how they will fit in with your team culture.
While your CV will give a good idea about your “hard skills” like education, experience, training, and proficiency in specific programs and systems, employers have had to rely on your word and the interview to assess “soft skills” in the past.
Soft skills are interpersonal or people skills and include aspects like communication, leadership, work ethic, problem-solving, and time management. These are what the Plum Assessment is designed to measure.
The Plum Assessment Process
If you are asked to do a Plum Assessment, you’ll be notified via email during the job application process.
You’ll receive an invitation with a link to the assessment, and from there, have seventy-two hours to complete it.
Once you begin, you’ll register for the Plum site using the same email address you listed on your employment application. Then, when you’re ready, you can start the assessment.
The assessment is broken up into four sections: Personality, Problem Solving and Cognitive Ability, “You” Descriptor, and Social Intelligence.
There’s no time limit on the test, so you can take as long as you need to complete it (though it generally takes around twenty-five minutes).
Types of Questions on the Plum Assessment
There are different types of questions in each section of the assessment. In the first section, Personality, you’ll be given twenty sets of statements, and be asked to select which viewpoint represents you the most and which represents you the least.
An example question would be:
Which statement describes you best?
I love debating academic theories
I adopt a future emphasis
I am discreet about my accomplishments
In this question, the first two statements would be positive for different roles, while the last one is neutral or even negative.
The second section, Problem Solving and Cognitive Ability, presents you with logic puzzles. For instance, you may be given three pictures of a pattern and asked to select which image would come next from the options you are given. There are seven questions in this section.
The third section, “You” Descriptor, is also a personality test. You’ll be given five lists of adjectives, such as “Predictable”, “Risky”, or “Detached”, and asked to pick the ones that are most like you and the ones that are least like you.
As with the example adjectives, they may not always be positive descriptors, but you still have to choose which fits you the best.
Finally, the last section, Social Intelligence, measures your interpersonal skills and how you would act in tricky workplace scenarios. There are seven questions in total.
Preparation Strategies for the Plum Assessment
Since a lot of the Plum Assessment is personality-based, you can’t really study for the Plum the way you can other assessments.
However, it is very important to be familiar with the test format and practice the types of questions that will be given so you’ll be ready on the day.
That’s why practice tests are such a crucial resource, especially for the Problem Solving and Social Awareness Sections.
For the personality-based sections, practice is still helpful so that you don’t get confused or flustered.
However, it’s just as important to think about what your employer is looking for in a candidate, as well as answering honestly.
What to Expect on the Day of the Assessment
Make sure that you’re well rested, have eaten, have had plenty of water, and have gone to the restroom or done anything else necessary before starting the test.
You want to be alert, focused, and calm. Minimize distractions in your surroundings as much as you can.
Remember: the test isn’t timed, so there is no need to rush.
While you can’t skip back and forth through the sections, you are given the option to review your answers at the end before submitting – and it’s a good idea to do so.
Interpreting Your Plum Results
Once you’ve completed your Plum Assessment, you’ll be able to access your Plum profile which will give you a rundown of your personality types and top talents.
You can’t get a perfect score on the Plum Assessment, because what each employer is looking for is different.
In all sections other than the logic puzzles, the answers are subjective.
We hope you feel more ready for the Plum Assessment now.
Job hunting can be tricky, but with a few practice tests, a calm mind, and a bit of luck, the Plum Assessment won’t stand in the way of you landing the perfect role.
Can I retake the Plum assessment if I’m not satisfied with my results?
You can’t retake the Plum Assessment right away. However, you can retake it after a year or more has passed.
Sarah is an accomplished educator, researcher and author in the field of testing and assessment. She has worked with various educational institutions and organisations to develop innovative evaluation methods and enhance student learning. Sarah has published numerous articles and books on assessment and learning. Her passion for promoting equity and fairness in the education system fuels her commitment to sharing insights and best practices with educators and policymakers around the world.