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Personality questionnaires: Advice

What you need to know

Personality questionnaires measure your preferred style and approach at work. They are not tests and do not have right or wrong answers.

They can measure a range of different aspects about your personality, such as the way you behave around others, your approach to tasks and decisions, your emotional style and the values and motivations that drive you at work.

Employers use personality questionnaires to:

  • Help to understand the fit between the demands of a job and the personality, motivations and values of the individual
  • Encourage people to develop a greater level of self-awareness through understanding the results of the questionnaire
  • Provide an understanding of development needs and aspirations to facilitate career progression

The results from personality questionnaires are usually combined with information from other tools and activities, such as application forms, development centres and interviews, which can give you the opportunity to comment and elaborate on your responses to the questionnaire.

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What you need to do

A typical personality questionnaire consists of a series of statements. Your job is to rate the extent to which each statement relates to you.

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Some questionnaires may force you to choose between competing options, which no one likes doing but that’s life.

How to do well

You can’t ‘pass’ a personality questionnaire like you can with a test, but there are some things you can do to make sure that the results are a true picture of your personality and your strengths.

  • When responding to the statements you should answer as you really are, not as you would like to be.
  • Respond in an open and honest way; personality questionnaires measure your self-perceptions of your personality in the workplace. The results will reflect back how you see yourself and will enable you to develop a much greater level of self-awareness
  • Online personality questionnaires work best when you complete the questionnaire in a single sitting in a quiet environment
  • There are no time-limits for personality questionnaires, but do not spend too long dwelling on individual statements. The results best reflect your self-perceptions when you base your responses on your initial reactions.

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