Please see all of our personality type tips for the 16PF5 and the MBTI. The 16PF5 personality test is one of the best, but least used, personality tests.
Candidates may also have to take a personality test as part of the recruitment process. There is a vast array of personality tests, which pose questions about a candidate’s behaviour and personal preferences. A typical question may ask whether you prefer attending parties or staying home with a good book.
Firstly, the 16PF5 has excellent supporting materials.
Secondly, there’s readily available personality test reports.
Thirdly, like the NEO personality questionnaire, it’sis 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.
- 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.
As one of the most popular personality tests used by UK employers for development, MBTI practice is important to us.
Other test tips
We also offer other personality test tips, as shown below:
NEO personality tips
Personality type MBTI tips
The MBTI is based on the work of Jung although he is more likely to have endorsed 3 personality styles (Extraversion- Introversion, Sensing-Intuitive, Thinking-Feeling) – rather than including the 4th personality styles measured by the MBTI (Judging-Perceiving).
The MBTI has considerable supporting materials in terms of books and different types of personality test report. That said, the amount of specific feedback is restricted by the 16 types in such a type-based personality test.
Points to remember when completing the Myers-Briggs personality test are:
- The personality test questions in the MBTI are statement and word pairs. Word pairs are a less common form of psychometric test format than other commonly used personality test questions.
- Employers are looking for certain personality traits in any role – as indicators of high job performance in key areas. Since the MBTI is for development purposes – not selection – there is no need to consider faking it.
Insights personality tool – like MBTI tips
Insights is a commonly used personality test with a similar type-based approach to the MBTI. The test and the INSIGHTS report content are all based on the personality work of Jung which balanced personality traits or energies.
Unlike the MBTI, the INSIGHTS approach:
- Is based on colour.
- Has the personality types displayed on the INSIGHTS Wheel in the INSIGHTS reports.
- The full range of personality types or quadrants are displayed here for each individual who has taken the personality questionnaire.
Aptitude test practice books
Rob Williams’s five practice aptitude tests books are all available on Amazon:
Firstly, in our opinion this is the best aptitude test practice book for Passing Verbal Reasoning Tests.
Secondly, in our opinion this is the best aptitude test practice book forPassing Numerical Reasoning Tests.
The “Big Five” personality traits
- Extroversion: Introversion, shy, quiet, withdrawn, untalkative, inhibited, VERSUS extroversion, talkative, verbal, sociable, outgoing, dominant, assertive.
- Agreeableness: Sympathetic, kind, warm, understanding, sincere, considerate, VERSUS self-centred, non-conformist, unsympathetic, unkind, harsh, insincere.
- Conscientiousness: careful, organised, neat, orderly, systematic, precise, practical, VERSUS risk-taking, experimenting, disorganised, disorderly, careless, absent-minded.
- Emotional stability: emotionally stable, un-envious, relaxed, optimistic, unemotional, VERSUS anxious, neurotic, nervous, tense, fidgety.
- Intellect: creative, imaginative, complex, philosophical, intuitive, abstract thinking, open to experience, VERSUS uncreative, un-intellectual, unintelligent, shallow, ignorant, short-sighted, sensual, concrete thinking.
TABLE: “Big Five” personality traits
|Extroversion||extroverted, talkative, verbal, sociable, outgoing, dominant, assertive.||vs.||introversion, shy, quiet, withdrawn, un-talkative, inhibited.|
|Agreeableness||sympathetic, kind, warm, understanding, sincere, considerate.||vs.||self-centred, non-conformist, unsympathetic, unkind, harsh, insincere.|
|Conscientiousness||careful, organised, neat, orderly, systematic, precise, practical.||vs.||risk-taking, experimenting, disorganised, disorderly, careless, absent-minded.|
|Neuroticism||anxious, neurotic, nervous, tense, fidgety.||vs.||emotionally stable, un-envious, relaxed, optimistic, unemotional.|
|Openness||creative, imaginative, complex, philosophical, intuitive, abstract thinking, open to experience.||vs.||uncreative, un-intellectual, unintelligent, shallow, ignorant, short-sighted., sensual, concrete thinking.|