What do employers seek in the personality test

Employers’ prime objectives are to establish whether you:

  1. can do the job
  2. will do the job, and
  3. will fit in.

Your personality and behavioural style have a significant role to play in providing the answers to all three questions.

Personality tests assist employers to evaluate how you are likely to handle relevant work-related activities, such as: managing stakeholders, working in teams, complying with rules and regulations, solving problems in a practical manner,  leading others, coping with stress and pressure, and more.

Employers are likely to seek in candidates those personality traits which match the job requirements. For example:

  • Candidates for HR professional roles are likely to be required to demonstrate superb stakeholders’ management skills, effective communication skills, a structured and planned approach to tasks, etc.
  • Candidates for engineering roles are likely to be required to demonstrate a prudent and calculated approach to work, work-safety attitude, and ability to cope with pressure in the workplace.
  • Candidates for sales roles are likely to be required to exhibit a competitive nature, high motivation to achieve results, and the ability to initiate and close sales.

The above examples show that there are no right or wrong answers in the personality test. There is also no positive or negative personality. Your personality is measured based on its suitability to the job requirements.


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