Personality Test Example

Personality tests may seem a bit outdated, but in today’s world, where the number of job applicants is larger than the number of openings, more and more business owners are turning to personality tests to see if potential and current employees fit their company.

Personality questionnaires assess personal behavioral preferences. They are not concerned with your abilities, but how you see yourself in the way you relate to others, your approach to problems, and how you deal with feelings and emotions. There are no right or wrong answers.

personality test example

Personality Test Example

Personality tests may seem a bit outdated, but in today’s world, where the number of job applicants is larger than the number of openings, more and more business owners are turning to personality tests to see if potential and current employees fit their company.

Personality questionnaires assess personal behavioral preferences. They are not concerned with your abilities, but how you see yourself in the way you relate to others, your approach to problems, and how you deal with feelings and emotions. There are no right or wrong answers.

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Advantages of personality tests

  • If taken before an interview, personality tests help in narrowing the selection of candidates, as it gives an insight into the characters of all applicants and helps employers decide which respondents should be invited for an interview.
  • The test can also aid in helping managers decide which questions they should ask the candidate when they do come for an interview.
  • With only having a limited amount of time in an interview, candidate skills and abilities can often be overlooked on a CV or face-to-face, however, a personality test offers a deeper insight into how they might fit into a company work culture.
  • There is often a lower turnover of staff within a company if applicants have traits similar to the rest of the workforce.
  • Personality tests usually detect interpersonal characteristics that may be required for some jobs.

Disadvantages of personality tests

  • Some personality assessments can take a lot of time and effort to complete, which may dissuade a potential candidate from going further with the application process.
  • An applicant’s experience and training may conflict with the results of the test, and therefore make it more difficult for a manager to decide how to proceed.
  • More often than not, applicants answer personality tests based on pleasing the interviewer or by what is socially acceptable, which discredits the test.
  • There could be a lack of diversity in the workforce if all employees have the same traits.
  • Personality tests can be expensive, from paying for the tests to paying someone to score the tests. This needs to be weighed against the likelihood that the right candidate will be offered the job.
  • Even if an applicant answers the personality test perfectly, this does not mean that they are the right fit for the job and will carry through with the same efficiency if they are offered a role within the company. This point highlights again just how important it is to not solely use a personality test to hire employees.

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Personality Test Example

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Personality test questions examples

There are several types of personality tests and personality test questions used by employers to measure the ‘personality fit’ of job seekers. Most personality test types fit into three groups:

  1. Statement-based personality test questions
    The most common type of personality test questions is statement-based ones. In this type of question, you receive a list of statements and are asked to state the extent to which you agree or disagree with each statement. For example, you might receive the following statement: ‘I am confident that work accidents won’t happen to me’. You will then be asked to state the extent to which you agree with this statement on a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 is ‘strongly disagree’, and 5 is ‘strongly agree’.
  2. Forced-choice personality test questions
    This type of personality test question is somewhat less common than the statement-based one. However, it is used by some multinational test developers, such as SHL. In this type of question, you receive a list of 3 or 4 adjectives or statements. You are then asked to rank them from the one that is the most like you to the one that is the least like you. For example, you might receive the following 3 adjectives: ‘friendly’, ‘careful’ and ‘responsible’. The challenge of this type of question is that sometimes all adjectives are equally desirable for the job you are applying for.
  3. Open-ended personality test questions
    This type of personality test question is less common, but it still important to be aware of it in case your personality test has such questions. In this type, you will have a list of open personality-based questions trying to measure your tendencies and preferences based on your written response. For example, you could be asked: ‘If I were to ask some of your good friends, how would they describe your social skills?’
  4. Covert style personality test questions
    Most personality test questions are not straightforward. This means that reading the questions does not always help you identify what they measure. This is done on purpose to increase their accuracy. However, in some cases, the fact that personality test questions are not straightforward has led to a misunderstanding of them and, consequently, to an ‘undesirable’ personality profile. Therefore, it is very important to prepare for your personality test.

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