It is becoming increasingly more popular for employers to give a personality test as part of the pre-employment hiring process. A personality test is an exam used by employers to identify which candidate will have a correct personality fit for their company. The personality test highlights certain aspects of an individual’s character.
Employers assume that you have zero background information about personality tests, therefore you will give spontaneous answers. Often answering on the spot, may not highlight personality traits that your employer is looking for. Here are some helpful tips for how to ace the employment personality test:
Tip 1: Use your professional persona
We all have many different facets to our personality. That means that we can answer any given question differently, depending on the day, or the mood that we are in. You need to make sure you answer every question professionally. This means that you should review in advance the types of questions you will encounter, and how to best answer them based on your profession.
Tip 2: There are right and wrong answers
There is a common misconception that there is no way to answer a question on a personality test wrong. I hate to be the one to break it you, this is simply NOT TRUE. The purpose of the pre-employment personality assessment, is to find a candidate who has certain character traits. This in fact proves that, there are certain personality traits which are more “right” for certain professions. Here are some examples of specific practice exams based on your profession:
Tip 3: Don’t let fatigue get the best of you
Pre-employment personality tests are usually lengthy, and the style of question often repeats itself. There is a strong temptation to start answering questions carelessly as time goes on. Fight that temptation! Make sure you do not hastily chose the first answer that seems appropriate to you, and you read all the choices. The test is designed to have multiple answers that may seem correct. What can differentiate you from the rest of the candidates, is being able to manage that fatigue.
Tip 4: Avoid being indecisive
Often candidates will give a wide variety of answers on personality tests, to show that they have a well-rounded personality. Research shows, that employers prefer decisive, and confident employees. Make sure you are consistent in the way you answer questions. It is important to present yourself in a clear and precise manner. Nobody wants to hire a scatter brain.
Tip 5: Do your research
Before you go in for an interview, try to gather as much information as you can. Ask the HR representative which test you will be given, and review test materials based on the specific exam. Each companies’ exams differ in style. Check out the three-main assessment company personality tests:
Tip 6: Relax
I don’t want to stress you out… But, stress is an important factor when taking a personality test. Stress affects not only the way that you answer questions, but it also paints a certain picture of your personality to the employer. If you are applying to a high stakes position, you don’t want to appear anxious on the exam day. Making sure you know what to expect, is the best way to manage your stress, and ensure that you display your personality strengths.
Best of luck candidates! I hope my simple tips allow you to let the best part of your personalities shine.
This article was contributed by Jennifer Feldman. She is a speech and language expert and blogger for JobTestPrep. She specializes in writing about the employment hiring process.
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