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Personality Test Tips

28 March 2019
Zara Woodcock
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Personality tests are created on the assumption that the test-taker has never seen the test and that they are not familiar with the basic principles. Practising psychometric tests beforehand will remove the element of surprise and increase your chances of interview success. Before you continue on, have a read of this guide that is filled with the perfect advice for the practical side of the interviewing process.

Change Your Behaviour, Not Your Personality

Everyone’s behaviour will change depending on the situation they are placed in. Preparing for the psychometric test can help you remain calm, focused as well as help you bring out your strengths. It may seem like personality tests cannot be studied for as behaviour is believed to be consistent, but studies show that people do behave differently in every situation.

Behaviour changes drastically in stressful situations, especially in examinations. Remaining calm and controlled can help you complete the personality test properly.

 

“Right” And “Wrong” Answers On The Test

Test administrators always remind test-takers that there are no right or wrong answers. It is more of a questionnaire than an examination, which shows why you can’t get wrong answers.

Although there are technically no wrong answers, this doesn’t stop employers from picking and choosing candidates according to the personality test. This means that even though there are no right or wrong answers, the company may decide the answers you put is wrong for the organisation or job role

Every recruiter has an ideal candidate in mind. When they analyse your test results, they will try to match it with the personality of the ideal candidate. The personality required to be an accountant is vastly different from the personality of a soldier.

If you’re worried about the test, here are four ways stress can influence your behaviour:

  • Carelessness – Personality tests are long and often contain repetitive questions which may cause you to become careless. Try not to make hasty decisions based on assumptions. This type of carelessness can occur with many questions. For example:

“People do not understand my good intentions”

Sometimes True

Never True

If you don’t answer the questions carefully, you may be tempted to answer with “Never True” when that is clearly incorrect. Pay attention to words like ‘always’, ‘never’, ‘sometimes’ and ‘usually’.

 

Overinvestment

There is no specific time limit for completing a personality test. However, don’t take too much time answering one question. The time limit will differ in each company. The amount of time you are hesitating between each question is also noted. The more you are hesitating, the more the employer will assume you do not work well in stressful situations.

 

Indecisiveness

Stress makes a lot of people indecisive. Making contradictive answers throughout the test will simply show the employers your inability to make decisions. In cases where you are tempted to answer with a neutral option (‘I don’t know’, or ‘no answer’), we recommend that you reconsider and evaluate which answer more accurately represents qualities that are needed for the position you applied for.

 

Unprofessional Behaviour

Stress can influence your behaviour towards the examiners. Some applicants are so concerned about their test results that they constantly bother the examiners by asking too many questions and demanding clarifications. You don’t want to appear overly needy and ineffective.

All in all, high levels of stress can impede your performance. Remember to prepare, breathe, and stay calm. It will all go perfectly fine. Good luck!

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