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Korn Ferry Tests
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.
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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.
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.
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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Reviews of our Korn Ferry tests
What our customers say about our Korn Ferry tests
Per Marcus Jonasson
December 02, 2021
First time I had to know how much time I could spend on each question. In the end I had 4 minutes over, which could be spent to more carefully read each question.
November 23, 2021
Remember what ratios are
The test was easy to understand and I used it to get an idea of how actual tests work, the ones that I may need to do for job applications.
November 22, 2021
Not very familiar with the question structure
I ran out of time as I was unfamiliar with the question structure. Hope there is an introduction section.
November 21, 2021
Read data quickly
I didn't like that there were so many of each type of question. More variety would be good. Otherwise a good first dip into the Korn Ferry.
November 17, 2021
Good exposure but limited time to complete, as it requested detailed calculation for some of the questions.
United States of America
November 10, 2021
Scratch paper needed
I didn't realize how much time I was taking on each question. I also didn't notice the time in upper right corner.
November 06, 2021
Need more time
These tests don't give me enough time. Should be 3min per question, not 1 min. I'm a HD engineering student and find these tests a lot harder because of the short time limit.
Basim Al Lawati
November 04, 2021
Good mind trainer
Hmmmm since I'm a IT guy for me it wasn't too relevant...however, this will now push me to learn some math stuff for sure.
November 02, 2021
Although the questions could have been worded a little differently, once you got the hang of doing the equations it was pretty straightforward.
October 28, 2021
Read the questions before answering
The percentage changes are sometimes a bit unclear. It was also pretty unclear to me whether I should use a calculator. I used one, but it wasn't mentioned at the start of the test.