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JobTestPrep has created exclusive practice materials that prove useful to job applicants applying for managerial roles at IKEA. Employers of IKEA pursue excellence and high performance in all areas of its business and hire only competent managers whom they carefully select with the help of PLI and PI tests. 

Responding to applicants’ need to pass the pre-employment assessment with good results, JobTestPrep has closely modeled its PLI and PI tests upon IKEA’s tests. To facilitate candidates’ preparation even further, JobTestPrep has added to them answer keys and detailed study guides. 

With our PLI test simulations, you will sharpen your cognitive abilities and will show to IKEA’s employers that you can make strategic decisions and take responsibility for the work of others. Our PI test will help you build an impressive personality profile that highlights the qualities needed to be a competent manager. 

To ensure your success not only on exams but also in interviews, we have compiled a list of questions posed by IKEA’s recruiters. Prepare your answers in advance and appear confident in the actual interview. Do not hurt your chances of realizing your ambition to work at IKEA. Practice with our exclusive PrepPack™ and embark on an exciting career as an IKEA manager. 

IKEA's Hiring Process

After you submit your application form, résumé, and cover letter online, you will have a phone interview with the company’s representative.

Phone Interview: Your interview with IKEA’s Human Resources manager will center around your work history and expectations about your new role at IKEA.  The manager will also ask you personal questions to get a sense of your personality. Your phone interview may last up to 20 minutes. In some case, you may have an online interview instead of a phone interview. In an online interview, you will be given one minute to submit a reply to each question. 

The PLI and PI Tests: If you impress the Human Resources manager, you will be invited to take IKEA’s aptitude and personality tests, since the company's employers and owners want to guarantee that only experts in their specific fields are hired for managerial positions. The PLI test aims to evaluate your general cognitive capability. It measures how well you understand and implement complex data; reason, analyze, solve problems; and plan actions and events for the future. The PI Test assesses your conduct and predicts how you will behave in specific situations at workplace.

Face-To-Face Interview: Provided you did well on the PLI or PI tests, you will be scheduled for the second interview at one of IKEA’s locations. In this interview, you will talk with the Human Resources representative and your upper managers. Questions posed in the interview will be competency-based. Prepare also to answer situational questions testing your behavior and reaction to specified working circumstances. You may also be shown around the store during the face-to-face interview. 

Job Offer Interview: The final stage of IKEA’s hiring process is a background check and credit report. If both your credit and criminal history are confirmed to be clean, you will be invited for another in-person interview, during which you will be offered a position.

Note that you receive an opportunity to impress IKEA’s representatives in a personal conversation only after you successfully pass the company’s aptitude and personality tests. Practicing before the test is, therefore, essential to your success. Go through a few dry runs with JobTestPrep’s practice materials and be short-listed for the desired position.

IKEA's Interview Questions for Managerial Positions 

You will have several interviews during your application process for a position of a manager at IKEA. Your first telephone interview will revolve around your professional traits that make you suitable for a managerial position, your work history, and the managerial strategies you have previously employed.

Another interview will be conducted in one of the company’s locations. Note that you will only be invited to it if you succeed on your PLI and PI tests. In this interview, you will meet a Human Resources representative and several of upper managers who will want to estimate your leadership skills. Prepare to talk about your former strategic decisions and ability to take responsibility for the work of others. Interviewers will also ask you how you inspire high performance in co-workers, train team members, and enable their success and productivity.  Some of the questions posed by IKEA’s recruiters to potential managers are listed below: 

  • What strategies do you use to motivate a team?
  • Describe a time when you led by example.
  • Describe your approach to making decisions and solving problems. Why do you do it this way?
  • Provide an example of a time when you successfully organized a diverse group of people to accomplish a task.
  • How do you develop trust and loyalty in your employees?
  • What has been the biggest success so far in your career?
  • When you evaluate someone’s performance verbally, what approach do you take?
  • How do you evaluate success?
  • What can you contribute to IKEA?
  • How do you use power or authority to achieve your goals?

Think about the questions listed above and formulate clear, smart answers to them before you enter the interview room. Coming to IKEA interview equipped with the right answers will boost your confidence and allow you to showcase your managerial skills better. It will also help you if you research about IKEA and understand how its business is run. Knowing details about the structure of the company’s business and its business strategies will create an impression that you can integrate yourself into the group of managers easily and successfully. 

IKEA's Manager Assessment Tests

IKEA asks job candidates competing for a managerial role to take either the Professional Learning Indicator Test or the PI Behavioral Assessment Test. 

IKEA’s Professional Learning Indicator Test

The Predictive Index Learning Indicator (PI Learning Indicator), also known as the Professional Learning Indicator (PLI), was designed to evaluate applicants’ general cognitive capability. Among cognitive abilities assessed by the PLI test are the qualities particularly important to managers: digesting and implementing complex information, adapting to new environments and conditions, reasoning, analyzing, planning, and problem-solving. Overall, the test evaluates applicants’ nine cognitive abilities, grouped in three subcategories that in turn are combined into three broad categories:



  1. Analogies


  1. Antonyms
  1. Verbal Analysis
  1. Number Series


  1. Math Problems
  1. Number Value
  1. Visual Analogies

                             Abstract Reasoning

  1. Visual Series
  1. Common Features  

The format of the PLI test is simple. Aiming to evaluate candidates’ specific areas of reasoning rather than their acquired knowledge, the test contains only common words and expressions whose meanings are clear. It consists of 50 questions, equally distributed among the nine categories, and takes only 12 minutes to complete. Questions are of various levels of difficulty.

Yet this is not to say that passing the PLI test is easy. What is challenging on this test is not the difficulty of the questions but the short time limit allowed to answer them. You will have only 14.4 seconds to think over each question. To be able to answer questions so quickly and correctly, you need to practice beforehand. JobTestPrep offers you an opportunity to improve your test results with the help of its exclusive PLI PrepPack™. Practice with our materials and prove to your prospective employers that you have got leadership abilities to be a manager at IKEA.

IKEA’s Predictive Index or PI Behavioral Assessment Test

The PI Behavioral Assessment is used by IKEA to evaluate prospective employees’ affective, behavioral, and cognitive processes. To minimize the risk of employing incompetent managers, the company asks job candidates to take the PI test that predicts how they will motivate others and deal with various employment situations. The PI Behavioral Assessment focuses mostly on six traits of human personality: 

  • Dominance shows how closely you control your environment.
  • Extroversion indicates the extent to which you seek social connections, leadership opportunities, and novel experiences.
  • Patience says whether stability and consistency in your environment are important to you.
  • Formality demonstrates how strictly you conform to formal rules and structures.
  • Decision-Making analyzes your thought process of selecting a logical choice from the available options.
  • Response Level evaluates your general energy, activity level, and stamina. 

The PI Behavioral Assessment has two parts, each containing the identical list of 86 adjectives. Some of the adjectives appearing on the list are adaptable, independent, venturesome, assertive, and ingenious. One part of the test invites you to choose adjectives that you think really describe who you are. Another part asks you to choose adjectives that describe how you believe others expect you to act.

The results of the test will provide two patterns of your behavior at work. One, called “Self,” reflects your natural drives and needs. It also shows how you tend to react in certain situations. Another pattern, called “Self-Concept,” indicates how you adapt your natural behavior to expectations of your co-workers. Comparing the two patterns will reveal either tensions or synergy between you and other employees at your workplace.

There is no time limit to complete the PI Behavioral Assessment. But it usually takes up to 10 minutes to think over 86 adjectives in both parts of the test.

Reading a long list of words may be tiring and confusing. It is essential to understand the differences between the tasks given in the two parts of the test to avoid creating an erroneous impression that you will put excessive pressure on employees for rapid implementation or will be reluctant to delegate true authority to others. Practicing with JobTestPrep’s simulations of the official PI test will help you build a more accurate PI Pattern on your actual exam.


Managerial Positions’ Description

IKEA is willing to endow its employees with authority and power, opening many managerial positions in its stores and offices. Its employees exercise leadership across all departments. If you aspire to be a manager at IKEA, you can apply for the following roles:

  • Distribution service managers organize the storage and distribution of furniture and appliances. In this role, you will ensure that the right piece of furniture or decoration is delivered to the right location and on time. You may also supervise transportation, take stock control, and monitor the general flow of items. Distribution service managers also coordinate the whole supply chain, mediating between suppliers of wood, manufacturers, retailers, and customers.
  • Operational support managers provide customers and other employees of IKEA with technical support. As an operation support manager, you will be responsible for managing daily technical operations for the company by collecting and analyzing metrics, and assessing efficiency and proficiency of the entire Support Department. You will give directions to the support team and resolve escalated operational problems.
  • Store Managers are in charge of overseeing employees and operations at IKEA. As IKEA’s store manager, you will manage and schedule staff and associates. You will train and supervise newly hired employees, interview job candidates, and extend job offers. You will make certain that sales are reconciled, transactions are closed, and deposits are arranged. You will also be responsible for ensuring that all operations in IKEA are carried out according to required procedures and standards.

Although these managerial positions include different responsibilities, all of them require job candidates to take either PLI or PI tests. Prepare for your pre-employment tests with our comprehensive practice resources and make your plans to be a manager at IKEA come to fruition. 

IKEA’s Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

  • Q: How to get a managerial job at IKEA?
  • A: In order to get a job of a manager at IKEA, you need to apply online, submitting your résumé and cover letter. After this, you will have a phone interview with a Human Resources manager. For a managerial position, you will need also to take PI Behavioral Assessment Test or Professional Learning Indicator test. If you succeed on your test, you will be scheduled for a face-to-face interview in one of IKEA’s stores. 
  • Q: How do JobTestPrep’s practice materials differ from tutoring materials offered on the internet?
  • A: JobTestPrep conducts exhaustive research of tests required by a company as a part of its pre-employment assessment, and then carefully develops tests that approximate the company’s tests most closely. As a result, real tests during a hiring process do not look unfamiliar and puzzling to those who have practiced with our simulations tests. We also include numerous drills, answer keys, and detailed study guides in our packs. You thus can not only improve your results with our practice materials but also trace your progress while you are studying. This allows you to identify your weak points and decide which questions you should focus on, thereby ensuring that your weaknesses have been eliminated before you take the company’s exam. Our resources also usually contain descriptions of the company’s interview procedures and list interview questions actually asked by its recruiters. We thus help you not only pass your pre-employment tests with success but also create a favorable impression in interviews. 
  • Q: How many questions does the PI Behavioral Assessment contain?
  • A: There are no standard questions on the PI Behavioral Assessment test. Instead, you will be presented with an extensive list of different adjectives. You will need to choose appropriate adjectives twice: first, you select adjectives that describe you as you see yourself; second, you choose adjectives that you think describe you as seen through the eyes of others. Note that the PI test focuses solely on your professional and management traits; it does not try to evaluate your personality and attitudes.

Prepare With JobTestPrep

Don't miss your chance of becoming a manager at IKEA by coming to your pre-employment assessment unprepared. We offer resources that will make you stand out both on your test and interview. Prepare with our exclusive PrepPack™ and start building a viable and rewarding career as a manager at IKEA.

What's Included

2 interview guides; interview video tutorial; interview preparation; 12 figural reasoning tests; 5 math drills; 4 inductive reasoning drills; a full personality test; 2 personality guides; a predictive index; preparation guide; 5 PI-LI tests; PI-LI study guide; 8 spatial reasoning tests; 4 back-to-basics study guides; 1 recognition of assumptions study guide; 2 antonyms tests; 2 averages video tutorials.