Free Personality Test – Questions, Guides & Tips

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Personality Test Types

There are three main types of personality test questions. Your personality test may feature only one, or any combination of the three. You can learn more about the make-up of specific job personality tests at the bottom of this page.

  Most and Least

You will be presented with a set of statements regarding various personality traits. You will need to choose which of the statements describes you the most and which describes you the least.

  Likert Scale

You will be presented with a statement regarding your behaviours and preferences. You will need to determine to which extent you agree or disagree with each statement on a scale of strongly agree to strongly disagree.

  Self-Described Statements

You will be presented with a set of statements pertaining to your behaviours and tendencies. You will need to rate those statements from most to least accurate, sometimes based on how you would describe yourself and other times based on how others would describe you.

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The 32-trait Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ32) is a ubiquitous and well-regarded Personality and Leadership assessment provided by SHL, a significant player in the psychometric testing world. We offer theoretical guides and simulations that vary depending on your desired role.

Korn Ferry is a prominent test provider that offers a number of assessments aimed specifically to evaluate candidates for executive and leadership positions: KFALP, KF4D, and viaEDGE. These assessments are tricky and selective. We offer accurate guides and simulations to all three.

The Predictive Index (PI) is a short and innovative personality assessment with a unique format. Its succinct and clear nature makes it common among employers, but it can be slightly confusing. We offer explanations and practice tests.

 


Free Personality Test Questions

  • Personality Test Question – Most and Least #1 

Please choose one statement that best describes you, and one that least describes you.

I like to analyze and evaluate information.


I am an effective negotiator.


I strive to be in a position of power.


I always plan my expenses in advance.

Answer & Explanation

Each of the statements above represents one or two work-related competencies.

Let's evaluate what those competencies are: 

  • I like to analyze and evaluate information – Analytical Skills 
  • I am an effective negotiator – Deliberation, Dominance 
  • I strive to be in a position of power – Achievement Striving, Self-Confidence 
  • I always plan my expenses in advance – Forward Thinking, Planning 

Remember that the correct choice on questions like these isn't fixed, but rather depends on the specific job you're after. The best course of action is to mark as "Most" the statement that represents the most critical competencies for that role and as "Least" the statement that expresses those less desirable for the role.

Therefore, if you've applied for a managerial position, you should emphasize your leadership, dominance, and problem-solving competencies by choosing the statement “I am an effective negotiator” as your “Most.” While self-confidence and achievement striving are essential competencies for a manager, a statement like “I strive to be in a position of power” can come across as aggressive and subversive and thus should be your “Least.”

  • Personality Test Question – Most and Least #2

Please choose one statement that best describes you, and one that least describes you.

I tend to analyze people.


I pick my words very carefully.


I make a grocery list before going to the store.


Selling comes easily to me.

Answer & Explanation

Each of the statements above represents one or two work-related competencies.

Let's see an evaluation of those competencies: 

  • I tend to analyze people – Dominance 
  • I pick my words very carefully – Deliberation, Self-Control & Stability 
  • I make a grocery list before going to the store – Planning, Good Organization 
  • Selling comes easy to me – Assertiveness, Service Orientation 

It would be best to mark as “Most” the statement that represents the most critical competencies for the specific role you are seeking and as “Least” the statement that expresses those traits which are not quite as desirable for that job.

Therefore, if you've applied for a customer service position, you should emphasize your selling and interpersonal relations competencies by choosing the statement “I pick my words very carefully” as your “Most.” Although a statement like “Selling comes easy to me” seems like a good fit, it might seem over-confident and should be ignored and not marked at all.

So why not choose this statement for your “Least”? The answer depends on the other options. Customer service representatives are expected to be agreeable team members who score low on their dominance scale. Therefore, “I tend to analyze people”, which relates to dominance, would, in this PARTICULAR case, be selected as “Least”. 

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Why should I practise for a personality test?

For personality assessments to work, it is vital that candidates be true to themselves. Accordingly, we are by no means suggesting being disingenuous on your exam. With that said, having prior understanding of the workings of personality assessments can help you avoid common pitfalls made by other candidates. It will give you information on how to represent yourself the way you wish to be seen, without getting flustered about the meanings and implications of your answers.

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When you gain access to the pack, you unlock two written guides explaining the theory behind personality tests, as well as motivation and culture tests. The pack also includes 30 unique tests, each designed to assess a particular trait. These tests will help you learn how to “feel out” what type of questions are used for each of the 30 traits. You will also gain access to one mock personality test with hundreds of questions. After completing each test, you will receive a detailed report of how you did.

  • Personality Test Question – Most and Least #3

Please choose one statement that best describes you, and one that least describes you.

Most people show that they are happy to see me.


I often find ways to break down difficult problems into manageable components.


When I imagine how things will truly feel, I can almost get the actual sensation.


I keep others in line.

Answer & Explanation

The statements above represent one or two work-related competencies.

Let's see an evaluation of those competencies: 

  • Most people show that they are happy to see me – Friendliness, Need for Attention and Recognition 
  • I often find ways to break down difficult problems into manageable components – Proactivity, Generate Ideas 
  • When I imagine how things will truly feel, I can almost get the actual sensation – Empathy, Unconventionality 
  • I keep others in line – Assertiveness, Directness 

It would be best to choose "Most" as a statement that represents the most critical competencies for the role and "Least" as the statement that expresses the less desirable ones for the role.

Therefore, if you've applied for a position where you are required be part of a team, you should emphasize your social and collaborative competencies and choose the statement “Most people show that they are happy to see me” as your “Most.”

Although the statement “I keep others in line” reflects management skills, it could be found to be a little “pushy” in a teamwork environment and is a good "Least" in this case.  

Tip: Don’t Try to Be Perfect! Choosing ‘least like me’ for all the negative statements or those less relevant for the job can flag a fake response, as you are a human, after all. Avoid this by occasionally choosing some less important and less desirable qualities, as long as they don’t contradict the basic requirements for the job you want.

  • Personality Test Question – Likert Scale #1 

I often find myself introducing people to each other.

1 - Strongly Disagree

2

3

4

5

6

7 - Strongly Agree

Answer & Explanation

The two main traits behind this question are friendliness and sociability. These traits are essential for candidates applying for business development, diplomatic, or foreign relations positions.

However, they are less important in jobs that are more individualistic in nature, such as programming and designing. To answer this question, consider the type of job you are applying for. If you aim for a diplomatic position, it is best to choose 6 or 7. For jobs that don’t demand high interpersonal relations skills, you might choose 2-5.

It's important to note that some degree of interpersonal skills is essential in most positions and therefore, the recommended choice on that scale greatly depends on the prospective employer's exact positions and values. Doing some research before your test can never hurt.

  • Personality Test Question – Likert Scale #2

I adopt a relaxed demeanour in both the office and recreation.

1 - Strongly Disagree

2

3

4

5

6

7 - Strongly Agree

Answer & Explanation

The main traits behind this question are self-control and stability. These traits are essential for candidates applying for almost any position, including managerial roles, customer service, nursing, bus driving, law enforcement, and so on.

It is best to answer average and above in these general positive competencies. Remember, however, that you will need to prove you actually possess this demeanour once you get the job, so stay authentic and don't overshoot.

  • Personality Test Question – Likert Scale #3

I am the kind of person who sees the big picture, focusing less on the small details.

Agree

Neither Agree Nor Disagree

Disagree

Answer & Explanation

The main traits behind this question are creativeness and strategicness. These traits are essential for candidates applying for managerial positions like team leaders, heads of departments, and campaign managers. However, it is less desirable for positions that require attention to the fine details, like accountants, analysts, and proofreaders.

Consider the job type you are applying for; if you aim for a team leader position, it is best to choose "Agree". For jobs requiring a meticulous process and micro-perspective, choose either "Disagree" or "Neither".

Tip: Be consistent. These types of questions are often repetitive, and the same question can reappear in different phrasing. Pay attention to the answers you choose and what they say about you. You don’t want to contradict yourself.

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  • Personality Test Question – Self-Described Statements #1

Which statement describes you best?

I love debating academic theories

I adopt a future emphasis

I am discreet about my accomplishments

Answer & Explanation

On this type of question, you need to indicate what fits you best out of three positive options. While it might seem easy, remember that the statements you did not choose also say something about you.

Thus, choose the one that matches not only your personality but also the requirements of your position and the organisation’s culture.

  • Personality Test Question – Self-Described Statements #2

Rank these words or phrases according to how you think other people see you in your current role:

I will win

Liking people

Safety first

Restful

Answer & Explanation

On this type of question, you indicate what you think other people are thinking about you. Thus, you need to remain as objective as possible without over-complimenting yourself or getting down on yourself, all the while considering the characteristics of your role.

For example, for a position in law enforcement, “Safety first” should be ranked high, while in a customer service position, “Liking people” should be the highest.

  • Personality Test Question – Self-Described Statements #3

Rank these words or phrases according to what you are really like.

Plenty of drive

Fluent talker

Comfortable

Easy on others

Answer & Explanation

On this type of question, you indicate your own perspective on yourself. Thus, you want to highlight your best qualities without being boastful. As such, when addressing this question, you need to consider three elements – the traits required for your role, which statement best describes you, and which will portray you as you want.

For example, if the role requires handling meetings and giving presentations, “Fluent speaker” should be ranked high, while in a role that requires meeting with clients and negotiating, “Easy on others” should be highest.

Tip: Sometimes, there will be more than one quality you will want to mark as best suited for you, while at other times, there will be a set in which none of the statements fits perfectly. As it’s a personality assessment, any choice you make and any ranking you set still says something about you, so adapt and compromise your answers.

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Pre-employment personality test providers

Test Provider Test Name Free Practice 
SHL The Occupational personality questionnaire (OPQ) SHL Free Practice Test
Korn Ferry/Talent Q

Talent-Q Dimensions

Leadership Assessment (KFALP, KF4D, viaEDGE)

Korn Ferry Free Practice Test

Talogy/Cubiks PAPI Cubiks Free Practice Test
AON/Cut-e

Cut-e squares

Cut-e shapes

Adept 15

Aon/cut-e Free Practice Test

Saville Saville Wave Saville Free Practice Test
Revelian Revelian personality test  
McQuaig

McQuaig Word Survey Test

MMAT

Mcquaig Free Practice Test

Hogan

HPI

HDS

MVPI

Hogan Free Practice Test

  PI Behavioral Assessment  
  Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)  
  Suited Psychometric Assessment  

Personality Test Tips

Taking personality tests is a seemingly simple process that, in actuality, is a delicate business. But don't fret! Acing your eprsonality assessment is just a matter of understanding what your employers are looking for. Here are some helpful tips:

 

There Are Right and Wrong Answers
Avoid falling into this common trap. The advice that states that “there are no right or wrong answers on the personality test” is misleading and can cause test-takers to fail.
An example of this can be found when answering the question: “Do you like working with people?”
If you are applying for a service position and respond with a negative answer, you may not be considered for the job since this answer shows employers that you aren’t the right fit.
Another question could be: “Do you like to lead in a group?” If you are applying for a managerial role and your answer implies that you dislike taking the lead, this can negatively impact your likelihood of getting hired. 

Change Your Behaviour, Not Your Personality
On personality tests, it is vital to portray only your “professional persona.” That means that you need to remain genuine and authentic while considering the traits and qualities required in the position you are after. Though it may sound simple, you will understand why this point is worth mentioning when practising personality tests.

Stress Can Influence Your Answers
It is normal to feel stressed before taking a personality test, as you are expected to take a psychological test unfamiliar to you without understanding the evaluation criteria. Practising this type of test beforehand will help you relax and answer confidently.

 


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