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Personality Test Tips

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Personality Test Tips

This personality inventory is based on the psychological types described by Carl Jung and developed by Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother Katharine Briggs to make the theory accessible to people. The theory is that seemingly random variation in behavior is due to basic difference in individuals’ preferences for perception and judgement, resulting in 16 different personality types. The original MBTI® assessment has spawned an endless array of imitators and innovators who have developed new assessments based on the 16-type system. 

Big Five Personality Test Tips

Otherwise known as the 5-Factor Model, this assessment groups various traits together into five main categories – extraversion, conscientiousness, agreeableness, neuroticism and openness to experience. The Big Five is the most widely accepted personality model in the academic community and the basis for most personality research, but it is less popular outside of academic circles because it does not categorize people into easily summarized types. There is no one “official” Big Five test, but many researchers have developed their own assessments based on this theory. 

DISC Personality Test Tips

The DISC personality profile was designed to measure behavioral styles and describes people in terms of their levels of dominance, influence, steadiness, and compliance. Assessments based on the DISC model are used widely in organizations to develop leadership skills, management training and team building. Free DISC tests are less common, as this model hasn’t gotten much attention outside of the business world. 

Enneagram Personality Test Tips

The Enneagram began with a spiritual practice, not a scientific one, and conceptualizes personality as a dynamic system driven by emotions, fears, and beliefs. Traditionally, Enneagram knowledge was passed on by spiritual teachers, rather than formalized in an assessment. Recently, though, the system has become more popular, leading to the development of several assessments that aim to determine your Enneagram type. 

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OPQ personality test tips.

MBTI personality test tips.

DISC Personality test tips

  • Firstly, DISC’s theoretical model is based on Jung’s personality “types” theories.
  • Secondly, DISC has lower construct validity than the OPQ, NEO, PAPI and WAVE personality tests.
  • Thirdly, Employers are looking for certain personality traits in any role. However it’s a bad idea to second guess what those might be.

Passing personality tests

  • Firstly, employers are looking for certain personality traits in any role – as indicators of high job performance in key areas.
  • Secondly, personality test practice is of paramount importance.
  • Go with your initial reactions rather than thinking about each question in detail.
  • Don’t try to guess what type of person they are looking for.
  • Employers are usually looking for several different profiles, and there may be checks within the questionnaire to identify false answers.

Big Five Personality Test tips

Do you work well with others? If you’ve ever thought about this skill and want to know how well you execute it, then this personality test is for you. Big Five personality tests focus on how you work and how well you communicate with others. While it’s a tightly focused test, its results shouldn’t be scoffed at. It gives you insight into whether you should be in a job that has you communicating with others all the time or a loner that gets the job done by yourself.

SHL Personality Test Tips

As two of the most popular personality tests used by UK employers for development, OPQ and NEO practice is important to us.

OPQ personality test tips

  • The OPQ has 32 personality traits grouped into categories such as Sociability, Influence and Thinking Style. For example, the Influence grouping of personality traits includes the personality traits of being Persuasive, Outspoken, Independent-Minded.
  • Check for a “faking scale” which for the OPQ personality test is called the Social Desirability scale. This measures how socially desirable your responses are. An example question with socially desirable responses, such as never lying, that everyone lies.
  • Thirdly, read each personality test question carefully and don’t lose your concentration before you reach the end of the personality test.
  • Check whether you will be doing either the ipsative or normative version. There are three main types of personality test: ipsative (forced-choice); normative; or ipsative (a mixture of normative and ipsative personality test format).
  • There are no time limits when completing such a personality questionnaire.
  • Finally, since this is a personality test, there are no right and wrong answers.

16PF5 Personality Test Tips

Please see all of our 16PF personality tips. The 16PF5 personality test is one of the best, but least used personality tests.

Firstly, the 16PF5 has excellent supporting materials.

Secondly, there are readily available personality test reports.

Thirdly, like the NEO personality questionnaire, it’is based on academically rigorous factor analysis.

Points to remember when completing the 16PF5 personality test are:

  • There is a systematic model, based on factor analysis, behind the set of the 16PF5 personality questionnaire’s personality questions.

Personality test tips

  • The 16PF5 profile and many of the 16PF5 personality test reports show the global personality factors. These global personality factors are very similar to the NEO’s Big Five personality model: Extraversion/Introversion; Conscientiousness; Agreeableness; Openness to Experience and Neuroticism.

Personality feedback – Analysts

Members of this group possess “O” and “D” as their common traits

  1. OCED (Commander: Commander)
  2. OUED (Debater: Royal court advisor)
  3. OCID (Architect: Battle strategist)
  4. OUID (Logician: Magic researcher)

Personality feedback -Diplomats

Members of this group possess “O” and “A” as their common traits,

  1. OCEA (Protagonist: Protagonist)
  2. OUEA (Campaigner: The Wanderer)
  3. OCIA (Advocate: Wizard)
  4. OUIA (Mediator: Diplomat)

Personality feedback – Sentinels

Members of this group possess “L” and “C” as their common traits.

  1. LCID (Logistician: Magic scientist?) (so similar to logician)
  2. LCIA (Defender: Paladin)
  3. LCED (Executive: Puppet master)
  4. LCEA (Consul: Healer)

Personality feedback – Explorers

Members of this group possess “L” and “U” as their common traits.

  1. LUID (Virtuoso: Inventor)
  2. LUIA (Adventurer: Adventurer)
  3. LUED (Entrepreneur: Merchant/ Salesman)

Personality Test Tips