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SHL Aptitude Tests at The Thales Group
The Thales Group are a multi-faceted world leading electronics firm, making products for such industries as aerospace and aviation, defence and civil infrastructure, holding several major defence contracts and providing components and services for such notable transport infrastructure as the London Underground.
Recruitment Process at The Thales Group
As with most of the other companies mentioned on this site, the first stage of the recruitment process for the Thales Group is to fill out their initial on-line application. Thales try to process all initial applications within 2 working days but say it may take up to 3 weeks. Those candidates who are accepted based on their initial application forms have to take part in a telephone interview, or potentially a face-to-face interview depending on the location. The questions on the interview are mainly competency based but candidates are expected to have good knowledge of Thales Group as well as being able to explain their motivations for wanting to work for the company.
Candidates who successfully get through the interview stage may then have to sit aptitude tests, which are a combination of numerical testing, verbal reasoning and logical testing, or potentially all three. Candidates who succeed in the online aptitude tests will make it through to the final stage, which is the assessment centre. The assessment centre consists of standard elements of an assessment centre such as an introductory talk and a chance to meet senior members of staff, group exercises, presentations and an additional interview. Lunch is provided, and a tour of the facility where the assessment centre takes place is also sometimes part of the day. The assessment centre is said to be one of the more relaxed assessment centres where the company does not try to catch the candidates out and most things (if not all) can be taken at face value.
Thales Groups' Use of Aptitude Tests
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There is some conjecture over the make-up of the Thales Group aptitude tests. Various applicants to Thales have stated that they have had to sit a combination of numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning and logical reasoning aptitude tests, either online after their competency interviews or as part of their assessment centres. It is not 100% clear if these are full individual tests, or a multi part test such as the Saville Consulting test (such as those used by Ernst and Young). It has been stated in several places that the tests are SHL tests, regardless of if they are individual SHL tests or a combined Saville Consulting test. Regardless of whether it is a few questions of each type or full tests, information about these can be found below.
Help & Advice for Thales Group Aptitude Tests
This website contains several dedicated resources for applicants or potential candidates of Thales. There are pages containing information specific to numerical reasoning and verbal reasoning aptitude tests. There is also a page dedicated to providing more general help and advice with aptitude testsThere is also a free sample of SHL style verbal reasoning test questions, designed to allow candidates who will be facing verbal assessments to get a brief glimpse at what kind of questions they could be facing.
Where to Practice For Thales Group Aptitude Tests
Currently, the best website on the Internet for candidates of companies such as Thales Group to practice for real life company aptitude tests is the Assessment Day website. Assessment Day is a specialist website offering large amounts of practice numerical tests, verbal assessments and inductive / abstract reasoning tests allowing candidates to practice for their upcoming aptitude tests with companies, getting as much or as little practice as each person deems necessary.