JobTestPrep's Preparation Service 

At JobTestPrep, we make it our business to help people get employed at IKEA. Knowing that the company requires job candidates for the solution architect position to take the Professional Learning Indicator Test and PI Behavioral Assessment Test, we have created a sophisticated PrepPack™ that can make you succeed in your examination. 

JobTestPrep practice materials include PLI and PI simulation tests that will not only familiarize you with the tests’ formats but will also fine tune your answers to the tests’ most intricate questions. With our resources, you will sharpen your cognitive abilities to analyze and solve problems, which will help you demonstrate to IKEA recruiters that you can be trusted with designing, planning, and governing any kinds of projects. Our practice materials are also useful for building an impressive personality profile that would emphasize your skills that allow you to convert requirements into design, which are indispensable for solution architects.     

JobTestPrep also supplied PLI and PI test simulations with answer keys and step-by-step study guides so that you can track your progress while you are practicing. You will keep a training log of what you are studying and analyze your mistakes. After you put forth an effort to correct your errors, you will pass your IKEA’s pre-employment assessment with ease and good results. 

To ensure your success not only on tests but also in interviews, JobTestPrep has compiled a list of questions that IKEA’s recruiters pose to candidates for the solution architect position. You can formulate answers to these questions in advance and thus sound knowledgeable and confident in the actual interview. Take an opportunity to prepare for IKEA’s pre-employment assessment with JobTestPrep’s practice materials and shoot ahead of other applicants for your desired position. 

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 working 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 interview online 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. The PLI test aims to evaluate your general cognitive capability. It measures how well you understand and implement complex data; reason, analyze, and 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 in one of IKEA’s locations. In this interview, you will talk with the Human Resources representative and your prospective managers. Questions posed in the interview will be competency-based. Be prepared also to answer situational questions testing your behavior and reaction to specified working circumstances. As a person competing for the position of solution architect, you will also be asked specific technical questions.

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 shortlisted for the applied position.   

IKEA's Interview Questions for the Solution Architect

IKEA’s hiring process has several stages. First, you have a phone interview, during which IKEA’s recruiter will ask you questions about your education, working history, and career goals. Prepare also to discuss technology that you used to select for problems at your previous workplaces. If your PLI and PI tests’ results are good, you will be invited for a face-to-face interview in one of IKEA’s stores. 

In this interview, you will have a conversation with the Human Resources representative and your prospective managers. Together with questions about your general aptitude for a position of solution architect, you will also be asked specific technical questions designed to assess your professional experience. Some of the questions posed in IKEA’s interviews to the prospective solution architect are the following: 

  • Did you ever come across a customer that his on-premise solution was not going to work in the cloud?
  • What  TCP and UDP?
  • How do you architect a design that is fault tolerant?
  • What is a relational database?
  • How do you perform caching?
  • What are some web protocols?
  • Which algorithm does an Elastic Load Balancer use?
  • How do you address cache coherency?
  • What is EBS?
  • How do you diagnose performance issues?
  • How are stopping and terminating an instance different from each other?
  • What tools do you use for communicating architecture? 

Brush up your knowledge of the technical terms listed above. Formulating answers to these questions in advance will make you sound tech-savvy and skilled. Equipped with the right answers, you will easily persuade IKEA’s employers that you can contribute to enterprise architecture collateral in their company. 

IKEA's Assessment Tests for the Solution Architect Position

IKEA asks job candidates competing for the role of the solution architect to take the Professional Learning Indicator Test and 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 for a solution architect: 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 that are neither ambiguous nor confusing. It consists of 50 questions, equally distributed among the nine categories, and takes only 12 minutes to complete. Questions are of various levels 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 a 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 designing and strategic talents to be a Solution Architect 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 Solution Architects, the company asks job candidates to take the PI test that predicts how they will likely respond to customers’ problems 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. Among the adjectives appearing on the list are adaptable, helpful, 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 also essential to understand the differences between the tasks given in the two parts of the test to avoid creating an erroneous impression that you would be unwilling to shoulder the responsibility for projects or will be unable to guide the development leads. Practicing with JobTestPrep’s simulations of the official PI test will help you build a more accurate PI Pattern on your actual exam.


What is the Solution Architect?

The solution architect organizes the development effort. Employees working as solution architects bear the responsibility for the vision underlying the solution and turning this vision into the solution. To create effective architectures required for the solution, they have to balance numerous development concepts. In the process of converting requirements into architecture, solution architects also do extensive research targeted at testing technologies and approaches that are indispensable to the architecture. 

Another responsibility of solution architects is reviewing patterns that may be useful to the architecture. Doing this allows them to refresh their memory of the details of the pattern and decide what guidance to provide for its further use. Often, the solution architect is expected to motivate and guide development leads and explain to them how different pieces will fit together at a higher level. Solution architects need also know how to make the architecture elegant, because elegance helps maintain cohesion between various parts of the design.   

Solution architects are paid handsomely and they form a key part of the development team that provides significant value to the company. Because the solution architect interacts with members of the development team and the user community, this role is also very visible. Seize an opportunity to get prepared with JobTestPrep’s exclusive practice materials and secure for yourself the position of the solution architect at IKEA.

IKEA FAQs and Answers for the Solution Architect Position

 Q: How many questions does the PLI test contain?

 A: There are 50 questions on the PLI test. Its time limit is 12 minutes only. This means that you will be given as little as 14.4 seconds to answer each question. You will not be allowed to use an extra time if you do not complete the test within 12 minutes. 

Q: How can I get a job of the Solution Architect at IKEA?

A: To be hired as a solution architect 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. You will need also to take PI Behavioral Assessment Test and Professional Learning Indicator test. If you succeed on these tests, you will be scheduled for a face-to-face interview in one of IKEA’s stores.

Q: How to prepare for Ikea's hiring process? 

A: You can prepare for Ikea’s hiring process by purchasing JobTestPrep’s preparation kit that contains PLI and PI tests closely modeled upon PLI and PI official tests, supplied with answer keys and a detailed study guide. With our practice materials, you can significantly improve your results on IKEA’s pre-employment examination and track your progress while you are studying. Tracking your progress with the help of our answer keys allows you to identify and eliminate your weaknesses before you take the actual exam.

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Prepare with JobTestPrep’s exclusive PrepPack™ for the pre-employment assessment at IKEA and get chosen among other candidates for the most sought-after role in the software development process.

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.