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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
August 09, 2022
Read questions carefully
It was well presented and formatted. Only important information was displayed which assisted in using time efficiently.
United States of America
July 21, 2022
Tough, but good
The test was similar to the real thing. Some questions could be written a little more clearly, but I suppose that’s part of the test :)
June 05, 2022
It was not the easiest
Math has to be a strong skill to work some of these calculations - they use trick words so you must read carefully.
May 29, 2022
Good practice for someone who doesn't need to use math in their job but is required to complete a numerical test
United States of America
May 13, 2022
I wasn't sure if I could use a calculator or not. I started using one about halfway through. First half I just did mental math.
April 18, 2022
Maybe a bit of description of the data is missing. Maybe not. But it's the right level of difficulty and the right types of questions. Kudos!
April 12, 2022
Percentage change and ratios
Finding some values on charts or graphs was misleading, as there was no indication you had to scroll over the graph to find numbers. As such, I lost some time and was not able to finish the test.
April 11, 2022
Math. Lots of math.
Timed math tests are not what I was expecting. It is tricky, and requires the application of math for everyday purposes.
April 04, 2022
Time is short :)
The problems are easy - hard part is to figure out exactly how they are easy... and time is short :)
I Shyan Tang
March 31, 2022
Was good. Questions 18-20 - not sure about the production month (e.g. should March production be counted at the end of March, which is typical).