the idea of a personality test make you feel a bit uncomfortable? It may make
you feel like your personality is on trial.
may be thinking… ‘Will my personality pass the test?’ or ‘What happens if my
answer, ‘It needn’t be this way.’
this article, you will learn how to take control of your personality test reins
and how to steer the test in the direction you choose. You can be in control of
the aspects you decide to put on show so that you can provide your potential
employer with the most suitable image of your behavior.
SHL Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) also known as the OPQ32 is a
well known psychometric assessment used to evaluate behavioral traits in a
workplace setting. Organizations use the questionnaire to gain insight into how
the behavior of a prospective employee may influence their job conduct and
effectiveness. Once a candidate has completed the personality test, a set of
reports are created. Organizations use these reports to decide which potential
employees to hire.
also use the SHL Personality Test for team building and organizational changes.
The aim of the test is to:
Isolate the right candidate
for a specific job
Increase the success rates of
the interview process
Find suitable leaders
The Format of the SHL Personality
SHL personality test is a computer-based test made up of around 104 questions
(in the ipsative version). These questions measure 32 personality traits.
32 personality traits fall under three categories:
Feeling and Emotions
test taker is presented with a question and then given four statements. They
need to choose the statement which they believe best or least describes their
is also a normative version of the personality test which features 230
The SHL Personality Test
organization will be presented with a written report which shows a breakdown of
the strengths and weaknesses of the test taker.
examples of the reports are as follows:
Emotional intelligence report
Universal competency report
Standard manager report
Team impact selection report
organization will also receive a graphical representation of the predicted job
performance of the test taker.
How to Pass the SHL Personality Test
are two key elements that will help you ‘pass’ your SHL personality test and
impress your potential employer with your results:
Know what your prospective
employer is after
Practice on trial SHL
Once you master these two elements you will be able totake control of your personality test reins and steer the test in the direction you choose.
let’s take a look at each of these elements individually:
Know what your prospective employer is after
company conducting this personality test does so with the intention of
identifying individuals with specific behavioral traits. These companies will
look for specific qualities when they examine the results of your personality
test. The trick that will put you in the driving seat is to figure out which
traits your potential employer is looking for and to work out how to best
present them with these traits.
work out what your potential employer is after, read the job advertisement
carefully. It may include hints as to the desired qualities the hiring company
wants from their applicants. You can also think about what behavioral qualities
are needed to do the target job. For example, a company recruiting a
salesperson will probably want someone outgoing and bubbly, whereas a company
looking for a computer programmer will likely seek someone dependable and
you have identified what your potential employer is looking for you need to
learn how to make these elements of your personality apparent through your SHL
personality test. How do you do this? One way is by taking an online SHL
personality test preparation course.
Practicing on trial SHL personality tests
on trial SHL personality tests can help you sharpen your test-taking skill so
that you can control which elements of your personality you would like to
emphasize and those you would like to minimize. The more tests you take the
better you will get at doing this. So practice, practice and practice.
now you are feeling comfortable with the idea of a personality test and know
what you need to do to impress your prospective employer, and how to show them
the suitability of your personality.