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Thames Water Aptitude Tests & Application Process
Thames Water is one of the largest utility providers in the UK and the largest provider of water, providing most of the London area with its water as well as large parts of the rest of the UK.
Thames Water Recruitment Process
The process of getting a role with Thames Water begins in the standard fashion; Applicants can apply through an online form on the current vacancies section of the Thames Water website. Once the initial application has been processed, if it meets the requirements from Thames Water the applicant will have to take part in a telephone interview. Depending on the positions being applied for, some candidates, for example those who are applying for an apprenticeship role may have to sit some online mechanical tests such as a safety instrument test to help determine their suitability for the role they have applied for. Applicants may also have to take an SHL personality test, though it is not clear if this applies to all positions or just certain roles.
Applicants for other roles (and apprentices if they are successful with the mechanical test) must then sit some online SHL tests. These online aptitude tests consist of a standard SHL numerical reasoning test and an SHL verbal reasoning assessment. Those candidates who successfully navigate the aptitude testing will arrive at the final stage of the Thames Water recruitment process which is the assessment centre.
The Thames Water assessment centre consists of many parts, including many typical tasks and situations found at other company assessment centres, such as those at Thales, M&G Investments and Tesco. Candidates at the assessment centre may have to take part in any of the following: group assessments and/or group presentations, individual presentations, face to face interviews, additional aptitude test questions and case studies. Lunch is also provided. Candidates may hear from Thames Water within a few days or it may take anything up to two weeks to be told if they are successful or not.
How Thames Water Use Aptitude Tests
Thames Water have been users of a variety of SHL testing products for many years. Thames Water utilise a combination of personality testing, standard reasoning style aptitude tests and mechanical testing to test their applicants depending on the role a candidate is applying for. All applicants to Thames Water are likely to have to face at least one round of reasoning tests, either online or at the assessment centre with the majority facing both.
The online tests differ somewhat from the tests given at the assessment center; the online numerical and verbal tests are standard online SHL tests, which will take the format of something like 20 multiple choice questions in 20 minutes per test. The tests at the assessment centre are reportedly not produced by SHL or Kenexa but another company. The test takes the format of 7 numerical questions, 7 verbal questions and 7 logical questions, a format consistent with the Saville Consulting GTIOS aptitude test. This is not 100% confirmed to be the test provider of the tests at the assessment centre, just that it fits with the available information.
Advice & Help For Aptitude Testing at Thames Water
This website contains a number of different resources that may be considered of use by candidates apply to (or interested in applying to) Thames Water. For specific information about the kinds of aptitude tests Thames Water uses there are focused pages about numerical reasoning and verbal reasoning with information about logical reasoning tests coming soon. For more general questions about reasoning tests, there is a general hints and tips for passing aptitude tests page which may answer less specific questions. PracticeSHLTests.com also offers a free sample of realistic verbal reasoning aptitude test questions, so that prospective test takers can get a small taste of what taking a real company aptitude assessment is like.
Aside from reading as much information as possible, the other important thing for candidates to do is to practice. The free verbal reasoning sample on this website is a good start, but it is proven that candidates who take even a couple of full practice aptitude tests are more likely to succeed on the real assessments than those who go in cold (figuratively speaking). For information on where to get full practice tests, please read below.
Thames Water Aptitude Tests - Where to Practice?
For those candidates to Thames Water (or any other companies) who wish to take realistic practice aptitude tests for assessments such as Thames Waters' numerical and verbal reasoning tests, the best location on the Internet to do so is the Assessment Day website. Assessment Day have a large selection of practice numerical, verbal and inductive / abstract reasoning tests that allow job applicants to practice tests that are very similar to the ones they will have to face during the company recruitment processes. Such practice tests improve candidate understanding and awareness of how to answer these questions, giving them a greater chance of success. Applicants who wish the greatest chance of success should head over to Assessment Day and begin practicing straight away.