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How to prepare for personality tests

Personality tests are one of the few assessments where you can’t wiggle your way out. These assessments are authentic and bring out your true nature. Thus there is no study material you can refer to for acing a personality test. But there are a few things you can do for the test results to be as favorable as they get.

Step 1: Visualize

Visualizing is a powerful tool which is used by a lot of people. To effectively use this technique, research the company and identify its ethics and culture. Now put yourself in that scenario. Visualize yourself as though you fit perfectly. Try to match the company’s expectations in your mind. Try to imagine how an ideal employee would be like and visualize yourself as one.

Step 2: Choose Suggestive Answers

This may be hard to put into perspective but think of the preferred positive traits. Some examples of favored traits are: assertive, dependable, intellectually curious, optimistic, sociable, etc. Try to fall into those options which suggest the above-mentioned characteristics. Steer clear of answers which suggest negative traits. Position yourself under the light of an ideal candidate.

Step 3: They Test Your Integrity

Your integrity may be tested through the personality test or a different test altogether. So if you anticipate question suggesting a test on your integrity then get ready.

Even candidates who are extremely truthful on these tests end up giving questionable answers. For instance, when asked to give an estimate of employees who steal from their employer, some make a higher guess. This is questionable because it puts you under a light where thieving from the boss is common, and somehow acceptable.

Step 4: Know Your Questions

Personality test usually features a plethora of questions. The first one is ipsative questions. These require the candidate to agree or disagree with a particular statement.

The next are normative questions. These aim on identifying different traits by finding the consistency in answers.

The last are trick questions which aim at finding out how you perceive yourself and whether this perception is negative or positive. So avoid extreme answers and stick to neutral options.

Some Additional Tips

Following are some extra tips which you should keep in your hindsight:

  • Several personality tests are not consistent with personality questions. After a few questions, you may come across aptitude questions. These questions may measure things like leadership, group cohesiveness, creativity, initiative, etc. So this set of questions need more focus from your side.

  • Avoid marking words like “never”, “always”, “ever”, etc. These words give out a very extreme personality which can be perceived as superficial. For instance, saying that you always help others and put them before your needs may put you under an unrealistic light unless you’re completely honest stick to the middle range of answers.

  • A huge disadvantage comes when you keep middling every answer, as the recruiter starts viewing you as someone who stays in a safe zone and has no sure personality. Thus you have to let that personality reflect as well.