Step 1: Find the desirable traits
The first and the most important step of preparation is to list all personality traits essential in the upcoming test. There are two approaches to do this.
The first and easier approach is to simply find all traits valued in the professional world. These include diligence, hard work, leadership, etc.
The second and more accurate approach is to research on the recruiter and the job profile. This would allow you to understand the traits required in that particular job.
Step 2: Watch out the flushing questions
Modern personality tests pay a special focus on candidates trying to game the test by giving supposedly desirable answers. As such, there are questions where the obvious answers are slightly negative answers. For example, “have you ever lied to anyone”? People trying to game the test would still go for the most desirable option like “Never” and thus be filtered by the test.
Step 3: Do not contradict yourself
As an extension of the previous point, the tests also often ask contradicting questions to further filter fake candidates. For instance, consider “Do you think lying is bad” vs. “Do you think lying is sometimes for the greater good”. Recruiters are bound to take the test data and search for answers that contradict each other, effectively eliminating the candidate. Instead of going for the best possible answer for each question, stick with your choices even if they don’t seem to be the best fit.
Step 4: Do not be a fake
“Be yourself” is the advice often given while preparing for personality tests. It is not great advice, to be honest. You need to be your potential best to crack a personality test, not the imperfect person you are right now. However, you should also not try to be someone you are not. Even though it might help you game the test, you would ultimately land a job you are not suited for at all. Not to forget, modern personality tests would anyway flush out such blatantly fake candidates. In short, tweak your personality a little, but don’t intentionally go for fake answers.
Step 5: Keep a professional mindset
Very often you would come across questions that you personally don’t agree with. However, you are certain that your personal view is the ‘incorrect’ answer. Such a dilemma is very common during personality tests. As a golden rule, candidates must always keep an ethical mindset during the test. It means that you must go for options that seem right in professional life, even if you don’t agree with them in your personal life.
An essential thing to keep in mind is that not all personality tests could be cracked. Personality tests are all about approach, instead of practice. However, with the right approach and a personality suited for the job, cracking the test is no big deal.