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British Airways SHL Aptitude & Psychometric Tests
British Airways are one of the world's biggest airlines and recently merged with Iberia Airways from Spain. British Airways (BA) fly to destinations all over the world in more than 100 countries.
At British Airways, there are two main paths of recruitment: The route for the pilots, and the route for everyone else. This page is about the non-piloting staff. However, we also have a page exclusively dedicated to the use of SHL tests and recruitment processes for British Airways Pilots, click the link below to go to that page if you require that information:
SHL tests & recruitment processes for British Airways Pilot can be found here.
SHL Tests & Recruitment Processes For British Airways Non Piloting Staff
SHL Aptitude & Psychometric Tests are heavily used by British Airways. They are one of SHL's largest and longest standing clients and it is a relationship that seems to work very well for both companies. A typical non pilot applicant to British Airways will have to sit two SHL tests during the application process, though that number may be lower or higher depending on the position applied for and the level of seniority involved.
As with most companies, the first step to working at British Airways is to complete their online application form. Completing the initial form to a satisfactory level will either lead to an invitation to take some online SHL tests or to a first round assessment day. Applicants may be required to sit aptitude / psychometric tests at the assessment day instead of or in addition to taking them online prior to the assessment day. In addition to SHL tests, the assessment day may consist of elements such as presentations, research work, group work, role play exercises and interviews. Applicants who are successful in navigating through the assessment day may have to face a final interview or second assessment centre, depending on the role and the position being applied for.
BA have quite a good reputation for giving candidates an answer when they have reached the final stage so most of the time candidates will hear if they are successful within a few working days.
How Does British Airways use SHL Aptitude Testing When Hiring Non Piloting Staff?
As stated above, a typical applicant to BA (especially at graduate or management/senior level) will face at least two SHL tests during the length of their application process. These tests will most likely be the standard SHL combination of a numerical reasoning test and a verbal reasoning assessment. With typical SHL numerical reasoning tests, the standard format is twenty questions in twenty minutes. The verbal reasoning test may be longer and contain more questions. BA's use of aptitude tests is very similar to many other companies including TUI Travel, Tesco and Linklaters.
In addition to numerical and verbal assessments, British Airways will also sometimes ask candidates to take an SHL personality test to gauge their personality traits and characteristics.
Advice and Help With Preparation for BA SHL Aptitude Tests
PracticeSHLTests.com has many dedicated resources designed to help applicants of companies such as BA who use SHL tests as one of their main recruitment tools. Anyone who needs specific information on numerical reasoning or verbal reasoning assessments please click the links in the section above to visit the dedicated pages on those topics. For general advice, hints and tips there is also the hints and tips for passing aptitude tests page. Finally, PracticeSHLTests has a free sample of SHL style verbal reasoning questions available to all readers of the site. These sample questions are designed to give readers a short insight into what a full length SHL verbal assessment is like.
In addition to providing information and reading resources, the best piece of advice for all candidates is to get in some test practice on both numerical and verbal assessments. Even taking one or two practice tests will help candidates understand the kinds of questions they are likely to face (especially if they have not sat aptitude tests when applying for a job before). For information about where to take practice tests, please read below.
Where to Practice British Airways SHL Aptitude Tests
Currently, the best place on the Internet to get practice SHL style numerical and verbal reasoning aptitude tests is the Assessment Day website. Assessment Day offers job candidates a full range of challenging numerical, verbal and inductive reasoning assessments designed to give test candidates the most realistic practice test experience possible. For candidates who want to have the best possible chance of success, get over to Assessment Day now and start practicing!