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Korn Ferry is a global organisational consulting firm that has more than 100 offices worldwide. It is part of the Hay Group, which acquired Talent Q in 2014, and administers tests assessing personality, motivation, competency and ability.

What is a Korn Ferry assessment?

The Korn Ferry assessment tests a candidate on their personality, the way they approach a problem and their leadership skills, as well as their cognitive ability and competencies for a role.

Often presented as a ‘blended assessment’, the adaptive nature of Korn Ferry’s online tests means that each test challenges the candidate in the most suitable way.

In practice, this means that in the Korn Ferry assessment you may answer questions on several different strengths, from ability to personality. As you progress, the difficulty of the questions presented might change.

If you answer the question quickly and correctly, the next question will be more complex. If you take too long, or get the question wrong, the next question will be simpler.

The different types of Korn Ferry tests & how they work

There are several different assessments within the Korn Ferry battery, and with the blended assessments a candidate might be taking several assessments at once.

In some cases Korn Ferry assessments are administered as stand-alone tests, so it is best to know what to expect for each type.

Korn Ferry cognitive ability tests

Cognitive ability tests from Korn Ferry measure reasoning skills, including mechanical comprehension and spatial awareness. The tests are timed, with speed and accuracy being of utmost importance.

See this article for more information about cognitive ability tests.

Korn Ferry numerical reasoning tests

Numerical reasoning tests from Korn Ferry assess the ability of the candidate to interpret data, figures and statistics to answer questions. There is no need for any previous knowledge for these tests, other than basic mathematical understanding.

You can find out more about the structure, type of questions and required answers on our numerical reasoning test page.

Korn Ferry verbal reasoning tests

Verbal reasoning tests require the candidate to read, understand and interpret written information and use that to answer questions. The information given may be related to the role, or it may be more abstract.

To answer verbal reasoning questions well, it is important to avoid using prior knowledge when answering. For more information and practice, check out our verbal reasoning page.

Korn Ferry logical reasoning tests

In the Korn Ferry assessments, logical reasoning tests are known as Raven’s Matrix. They are similar to other logical reasoning assessments in that a candidate needs to be able to understand and manipulate abstract or logical patterns.

To answer these questions correctly, you need to select the correct shape to complete the pattern. Practice makes perfect, so use our logical reasoning test resources to find out more about how they work.

Korn Ferry e-tray exercises

An e-tray or in-tray exercise is an assessment of your ability to manage and prioritise tasks, using an email inbox. A series of work-related emails are in a test inbox, and you need to decide what needs urgent actions and response.

For practice and more information, you can try out e-tray tests on our site.

Korn Ferry personality inventory tests

The Korn Ferry Personality Questionnaire assesses behaviour, relationships and sources of energy/motivation in candidates.

The questionnaire is presented as a block of four statements, which the candidate must answer as a position on a scale from ‘completely untrue’ to ‘very true’. Once a block is completed, it cannot be changed, and there is no time limit.

For more information, check out our personality tests page.

Korn Ferry competency-based assessments

The competency-based assessment measures a candidate’s behavioural preferences. A series of statements, similar in structure to personality inventory tests, are presented with the candidate required to rate each statement on a scale from ‘completely untrue’ to ‘very true’.

These assessments are short, usually require about 8 minutes to complete, and are taken online.

Korn Ferry Leadership Assessment

Presented as a situational judgement test, the Leadership Assessment from Korn Ferry is seen as a robust, valid test because the scenarios are related to the culture of the organisation and role requirements.

A series of work-related scenarios are presented with a number of different actions. The candidate needs to decide on the most effective response, which is then measured against the required competencies.

See here for more information and tips for situational judgement tests.

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Which employers use Korn Ferry assessments?

As with many psychometric tests, the Korn Ferry assessments measure the suitability of a candidate in an unbiased way, with a solid basis in scientific reasoning.

With the range of assessments available from Korn Ferry, some testing can be used as part of the regular appraisal process for employees. This could highlight key areas for training in a development plan, or work towards relevant leadership opportunities.

Thanks to the simple interface and measurable results, many employer use Korn Ferry tests as part of their recruitment process, including:

Korn Ferry assessments are regularly used for higher-level positions including executives, strategists and CEOs.

How to pass Korn Ferry tests (5 key tips)


Practicing has numerous benefits: you’ll learn where your weaknesses are, and you’ll also become confident in the structure, layout and wording of the tests themselves. Familiarity with the way questions are asked, and the answers that are required, will help you focus on working through the questions quickly and accurately. You can try out a free Korn Ferry practice test here.

Be prepared

Korn Ferry tests are administered online, so ensure that you have adequate time to answer the questions. Set aside as much time as you can, in a quiet area where you are unlikely to be interrupted.

Test anxiety might be an issue, so make sure that you have had a good night’s sleep and eaten a good breakfast beforehand. Remember, the Korn Ferry tests, especially the personality and Leadership Assessments, are not scored as ‘pass or fail’, but indicate how well you match the key competencies and organisational values.

Connection and hardware

Taking an online assessment necessitates a good internet connection and the correct equipment. Update your browsers and test your internet speed.

In terms of other equipment, you might want to have a pen, paper and a calculator on hand (especially for any numerical tests.)

Read the instructions

At the beginning of the test, you will be given clear instructions on what will follow. Never skip over these; instead, look through them with care.

Don’t skim

In all Korn Ferry tests, you will need to read all the given information provided. The clock may be ticking, but don’t speed through this too quickly, or you risk being unable to interpret the data and give the correct answer.


What are the Korn Ferry competencies?

Korn Ferry has developed four dimensions of leadership and talent:

    • Competencies: observed behaviours and skills
    • Experience: how previous roles relate to future roles
    • Traits: personality, aptitudes and qualities
    • Drivers: motivations and what engages a candidate

How do you prepare for a Leadership Assessment?

The Leadership Assessment does not require any previous knowledge or research – instead, it’s important that you be yourself throughout. As there are no right or wrong answers, being truthful in the way you would deal with the situations that are presented is the best way to be successful.

How are Korn Ferry tests scored?

For aptitude tests, scores are compared against previous test-takers and presented as a percentile. For example, if you score in the 88th percentile, it means that you have performed better than 87% of other test-takers.

For the personality tests, situational judgement tests and Leadership Assessment, your answers will be measured against the key competencies, culture fit, preferred behaviour, attitude and organisational values.

Are Korn Ferry tests hard?

One of the reasons that Korn Ferry tests are popular as recruitment tools is that the tests are adaptive.

This means that the tests will be challenging, but if the questions take too long to answer or if you get them wrong, an easier question will be presented next. If the question is answered quickly and correctly, the next question will be harder.

This adaptive testing method makes it accessible for all levels of candidate to be able to complete.

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