Prepare for SHL's Personality Test (OPQ)
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The Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) assessment was designed to give organizations an understanding of how aspects of an individual's behavioral style will affect his or her performance at work.

How to Prepare for SHL OPQ32

Our OPQ study guide is designed to help you prepare for the OPQ personality test. We provide a detailed description of the OPQ scales vs. our scales as well as a sample item to help you better understand these scales. We also provide information on how the scores are calculated.

Our study guides make the OPQ assessment less intimidating by showing you examples and explanations of how to answer questions on the test. Moreover, they help boost your confidence. By practicing for the exam, you will learn about yourself and any specific traits you may possess. This could be the key to getting the position you desire.

The Difference Between this PrepPack™ and the OPQ

The main difference between our personality test and the OPQ32 is in the item format. In each item of the OPQ32, you are presented with three statements and are asked to choose one that is “Most like you” and one that is “Least like you”. In our personality test, there is a section that resembles this, but you are presented with four statements, not three. The other sections in our pack, are in different formats in which you will be presented with individual items to rate on a 7, 5, 3, and 2-point scales; and ranking items where you asked to select one statement “Most like you” and one “Least like you”.

How Is the SHL OPQ32 Used?

The OPQ was written by Saville and is distributed by CEB SHL Talent Management. Using the OPQ helps organizations in the following ways during the hiring process:

  • Identifies the best-fit applicants for a given role
  • Improves interview hit rates
  • Identifies future leaders
  • Re-deploys talent across the business
  • Evaluates the talent pool following a merger /acquisition/ restructure
  • Creates "winning" project teams
  • Manages the transformation of a technical specialist to an effective people manager

"Single Trait Practice"

Our "Single Trait Practice" for all 50 traits offers the following benefits:

  • You can work on each trait independently at your own pace and as you see fit. 
  • You can practice each trait to understand its nature and optimize your answer accordingly on the real test.
  • You can save precious time by practicing only the trait for which you need to optimize your answer.
  • You can use our professional guide to receive the full answer breakdown for each one of the traits.
  • You can optimize the way you present yourself on every aspect of your personality profile.

OPQ Test Format

The test is comprised of a maximum of 104 questions which measures 32 specific personality characteristics; it is highly complex and is administered on a computer. The candidate is presented with a block of four statements and must choose which of the statements best describes him or her and which of the statements least describes him or her.


Choose ONE statement that is most like you and one that is least like you:

  • I really like to help others.
  • I work best in teams.
  • I like to get things exactly right.
  • I sustain high levels of energy.

OPQ32 Reports

There are multiple report options with the OPQ32. The range of reports allows for results to be interpreted depending on the goals and makes sense for both HR and managers. Some examples of reports:

  • Manager Plus Report
  • Development Action Planner
  • Candidate Plus Report
  • Universal Competency Report
  • Sales Report
  • Leadership Report

These reports are useful because they are user friendly, go into detail, and show strengths and development areas and provide a clear, concise, graphical summary of performance in job-related areas of expertise.

OPQ Dimensions

The OPQ32 was developed to ensure that the scales would be relevant and acceptable for the workplace. There are 32 specific personality characteristics, measured by the OPQ32. There are three domains in which the 32 personality characteristics can be found. Below are tables of the three domains: Relationship with People, Thinking Style and Feelings, and Emotions.


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Relationships with People
  • Persuasive
  • Controlling
  • Outspoken
  • Independent Minded
  • Outgoing
  • Affiliative
  • Socially Confident
  • Modest
  • Democratic
  • Caring
Thinking Style
  • Data Rational
  • Evaluative
  • Behavioural
Creativity and Change
  • Conventional
  • Conceptual
  • Innovative
  • Variety Seeking
  • Adaptable
  • Forward Thinking
  • Detail Conscious
  • Conscientious
  • Rule Following
Feelings and Emotions
  • Relaxed
  • Worrying
  • Tough-minded
  • Optimistic
  • Trusting
  • Emotionally Controlled
  • Vigorous
  • Competitive
  • Achieving
  • Decisive

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