WHAT IS PERSONALITY TESTING?
Personality testing – or psychometric testing as it is more accurately known – is a standardised and objective way of assessing people’s preferred work style and how they would react to various sets of circumstances. All tests present a range of scenarios and those taking them must state, from a multiple choice list, how they would expect to respond to the given situation.
WHAT DIFFERENT TESTS ARE AVAILABLE?
There are hundreds of different tests available, although only half a dozen are particularly popular. You can carry out tests tailored to different professions, such as pilots or accountants and more specifi cally, you can test for managerial aptitude, typical behaviour, a person’s value base, their technical skills, or their decision-making ability.
The most popular and recognised industry names include SHL, Myers & Briggs and 16PF (Personality Factors), all of which have been developed over many years, and thoroughly tested.
Occupational tests will focus on different ways of working, an individual’s relationships with people, their typical thought processes, how extrovert they are, how sociable, etc. It will identify how good they are at numeric analysis, people analysis, assess their emotions and feelings, whether they are thick-skinned, and how competitive they are.
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