The Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) was written by Saville, but is distrubuted by CEB SHL Talent Management. The OPQ assessemnt was designed to give organizations an understanding of how aspects of an individual's behavioral style will affect his or her performance at work.

The OPQ helps organizations to:

  • Identify the best-fit applicants for a given role
  • Improve interview hit rates
  • Identify future leaders
  • Re-deploy talent across the business
  • Evaluate the talent pool following a merger /acquisition/ restructure
  • Create ‘winning’ project teams
  • Manage the transformation of a technical specialist to an effective people manager

OPQ Test Format

The test is comprised of a maximum 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 and which of the statements least describes him.

For example: 

Choose ONE statement which is most and one which 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 are:

  • 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.

OPQ32 Dimension

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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

How to Prepare for the SHL's 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.

Pre-Employment Personality Tests

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What's Included

  • Improve your chances to pass the personality test
  • Professional personality practice test
  • Analysis of 50 traits that employers look for
  • Detailed description of OPQ scales
  • Reveals what employers are looking for in candidates
  • Personalized Feedback - customized to your job level
  • Know what to expect on test day
  • Bonus: The complete guide to personality tests
  • Secured payment

Please use a desktop computer when using this pack, as the personality practice test is not fully supported on mobile devices.

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