Pre-Employment Personality Test Practice & Free Samples
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What Are Personality Tests

A pre-employment personality test is a questionnaire designed to reveal the various aspects of a person's character, or personality traits, specifically focused on those that will affect his or her suitability as an employee. The majority of personality tests used today are based on the big five personality traits model, also known as OCEAN, which measures: Openness to experience, Conscientiousness, Extroversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism.

Leading companies such as Amazon, Microsoft, General Motors, as well as Airlines, banks, and health-care enterprises often use personality tests in their recruitment process, with interviewers often taking questions from a personality test and inserting them into the interview. In any personality test, there will always be characteristics that are seen as desirable and others that are seen as undesirable - depending on the specific requirements of each position. 

Check out the video below, where Minna will go over a couple of personality test examples, and the importance of preparation:

 

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Free Personality Test 

To give you a taste of what taking a real personality test is like and to kickstart your preparation, we have created a free personality practice test, with accurate personality test example questions and personalized personality profile sample. By answering these questions, you will get a better understanding of the types of questions you will face in the real test, their complexity, and how confusing it can be to understand what they are trying to reveal about your personality traits.  

After trying our personality practice test, the surefire way of getting through the real thing successfully is with JobTestPrep's Personality Test prep pack, which includes a full 200 question personality test, a full personality profile report, and a study guide

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Personality Test Example Question

The sample question below (or similar ones) is common in personality tests, and examines a very important personality trait. Take a moment to read it, and to think about what it aims to reveal.

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Answering Personality Test Questions  

Can you figure out which trait the question is asking about? If you said assertiveness, you would be right. Based on your answer here and on similar personality test items that measure assertiveness, an assertiveness score is calculated and then compared to the parameters decided in advance for the position.

For example, when applying for a management position, employers expect a relatively high level of assertiveness. Choosing the disagree / strongly disagree ratings for the personality test example question above would point to you having what it takes to lead and manage. On the other hand, answering agree / strongly agree would indicate that you do not easily express your opinions and desires and prefer to let others manage the course of affairs - not a desirable trait for management. 


Prepare for Your Personality Test

Even though answering free personality tests is a great way to start preparing for your upcoming personality test, the best way to maximize your chances of passing this tricky step of the recruitment process is with JobTestPrep's prep pack. You will receive a full length, 200 question personality test, complete with a fully personalized report and our in-depth study guide. These will allow you to get a clear picture of how you come across to your employer, and give you the ability to let your best qualities shine. 

 


What is the Big Five Model

There are many types of personality tests (you might have heard of Myers Briggs for example), but none have quite gained the stature of the Big Five Model - also know by as the five factor model (FFM), or by the acronym OCEAN. 

This model is the basis of many personality tests, and aims to measure a multitude of personality traits through five central factors: 

  • Openness to Experience - scoring high on this factor points at a personality types with an appreciation for art, high in emotion, adventure, unusual ideas, intellectual curiosity, creativity, and a preference for a variety of experience.
  • Conscientiousness - personality types who score high here tend to be organized and dependable, show self-discipline, act dutifully, aim for achievement, and prefer planned rather than spontaneous behavior.
  • Extraversion - this trait reflects energy, positive emotions, assertiveness, sociability and the tendency to seek stimulation in the company of others.
  • Agreeableness - reflects a tendency to be compassionate and cooperative rather than suspicious and antagonistic toward others. It is also a measure of one's trusting and helpful nature, and whether a person is generally well-tempered or not.
  • Neuroticism - a tendency to experience unpleasant emotions easily, such as anger, anxiety, depression, and vulnerability. It also refers to the degree of emotional stability and impulse control, which is why it is sometimes referred to by its low pole, "emotional stability."

How to Pass Personality Tests

Even though you cannot fail personality tests, if your personality type is substantially different from the required job profile, the position will most probably go to the next candidate. If so, personality tests can be highly influential in your personal development and career path. 

To succeed on your personality test, you should first of all understand which traits are needed for the position you are applying for, and how to answer in a way that shows you fit the bill. Just as you would think carefully about how you present yourself in a job interview, thinking about how your answer a personality test is crucial.

This is how our personality test preparation pack will help you pass: 

  1. A full personality test and report based on the knowledge of our experienced psychologists will reveal your score on each personality trait. This will allow you to see which areas of your personality profile match the position you are aiming for, and which do not. 
  2. Get practical tools and tips on how to adjust specific answers to better fit the requirements of the role, using a comprehensive personality test study guide. 
  3. With 30 single-trait practice personality tests, you will be able to practice how to answer in a way that best fits the position you are applying for. 

While our free personality practice test will give you a feel of what personality tests are like, our full personality test preparation includes over 200 questions to generate the most accurate feedback you can find - giving you a true picture of how you come across in personality tests, and the keys to passing.  


Popular Personality Tests 

Click the links below for accurate practice for some of the most commonly used personality tests: 


About the Author: 

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David is JobTestPrep's Personality test expert. He has over 30 years' experience in the test prep industry, specializing in personality, behavioral, and Situational Judgment Tests. David has led JobTestPrep's efforts to provide test-takers with the most accurate online prep possible since 1992. You can contact him at

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