Why You Do Personality Tests During the Interview & Hiring Process

In addition to the job interview, some employers (whether they’re big names such as business executive Charles Phillips Oracle or new entrepreneurs) are now requiring personality tests, IQ tests, and EQ tests before making a hiring decision.

While it may seem like a formality, it’s not unheard of to be turned down based on the results of these tests. Companies are looking for individuals who mesh well with the company’s culture, and those who show promise for a successful career.

The Personality Test

The questions on a personality test are rarely ever straightforward with only one correct answer. Companies may test their top performers and then look for candidates who seem comparable.

The questions almost always include psychology, and rarely does the response to just one question have a significant impact.

For a successful match, businesses consider the entire test, and some even have cutoff points for applicants who don’t perform well enough. Be ready for true-false inquiries, selecting particular assertions, and assessing the significance of different characteristics and obligations.

Testing IQ

Some companies may also ask candidates to take an IQ test during the interview process. These tests help measure problem solving skills, verbal, math, reasoning, and other cognitive abilities. While the results of an IQ test may not be the only determining hiring factor, thoroughly read all questions and answer as accurately as possible. IQ tests may not be as common as personality tests, but some employers still require them.

Testing Emotional Intelligence

If personality and IQ testing is not enough, some companies may also test a candidate’s emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence tests our ability to control and evaluate emotions. Some companies may combine the emotional intelligence and personality test.

It’s a good idea to read the job description in its entirety before the interview process starts. It is almost a given that these kinds of questions will be asked on the evaluation if the position demands self-motivation, teamwork, effective communication, and problem-solving abilities. Answer truthfully, since employers are seeking applicants who will fit in well with the team and corporate culture.

Skills Testing

Particularly when it comes to computer, software, and other technical talents, some employers might wish to test the qualifications claimed on the candidate’s résumé. Candidates who claim to be experts in software coding or web design should be prepared to back up their claims.

Be as honest and open as you can when describing your prior career history and technical expertise because some employers are eager to train the suitable individual.

It’s Not All About the Personality and Assessment Tests

Although tests for IQ, emotions, abilities, and personality may assist exclude certain applicants, they are not the be-all and end-all. Before making a recruiting choice, recruiters consider the entire interview process, including body language, prior experience, and growth potential. Stage mock interviews, do online practice tests, and ask for feedback from colleagues and other business professionals to prepare.

Don’t lose up after the first rejection because the employment market today is competitive and oversaturated with highly competent applicants. It’s critical to maintain an optimistic outlook and an open mind.

What’s your experience jumping through the hoops? 

Brian Flax

Brian Flax is a freelance writer based out of the Washington, D.C. area. He holds a Master's in Education Technology, and a Bachelor's in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University. Brian is experienced in a variety of topics including business management, technology, and profiling business executives. He can be reached by email at brianmflax@gmail.com.


Pin It on Pinterest