How to Pass a Personality Assessment Test


Because companies are dealing with heightened turnover and on-going management problems, giving prescreening exams has become the norm for many of today’s more prestigious employers.  Not being able to accrue a high score on one of these exams could have profound career setbacks.

Personality tests are designed to measure traits that are associated with successful performance in a particular job. They evaluate behavioral traits that don’t tend to change much over time.

Many assessment providers tell the employee there are no right or wrong answers. However, that statement is not exactly accurate.  Specific jobs want to see answers that allude to a candidate having certain traits.  Prior to you taking the test, those traits are clearly defined.   How you answer the questions will ultimately trigger if and to what extent you possess those traits.

Generally, these tests are geared to pinpoint intelligence (both emotional and intellectual) as well as manageability, work ethic, ability to control anger, confidence and other key attributes successful individuals possess.

Make Sure Your Story Checks Out

A personality assessment test, in a sense, is structured the same way that a police officer would conduct an interrogation. When police are interrogating a suspect to make sure their story is consistent, they will ask the same question in a bunch of different ways with different wording.

Ultimately, the consistency in the suspect’s story will either confirm or deny their statement accuracy.

For instance, if I were to ask you if you like vegetables in 10 different ways, and 7 of those times you said yes, 3 you said no, your credibility about eating that kind of food would be in question.

Often, test-takers will get confused by the redundancy in questions (as if the test is questioning their answer) and change their story.  This will more than likely result in a failed score.