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The Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) was designed to give organisations an understanding of how aspects of an individual's behavioural style affect his or her performance at work. The OPQ helps organisations to:

  • Identify the best-fit applicants for a given role
  • Improve interview hit rates
  • Identify future leaders
  • Re-deploy talent across the business
  • Evaluate the talent pool following a merger/acquisition/restructure
  • Create ‘winning’ project teams
  • Manage the transformation of a technical specialist to an effective people manager

OPQ32 Test Format

The test is comprised of a maximum of 104 questions which measure 32 specific personality characteristics. It is highly complex and is administered on a computer. The candidate is presented with a block of four statements and must choose which of the statements best describes him and which of the statements least describes him. For example: Choose ONE statement that is Most and one that is Least like you:

  • I really like to help others.
  • I work best in teams.
  • I like to get things exactly right.
  • I sustain high levels of energy.

OPQ32 Reports

There are multiple report options for the OPQ32. The range of reports allows for results to be interpreted according to the objectives of both HR and managers. Here are some examples of reports:

  • Manager Plus Report
  • Development Action Planner
  • Candidate Plus Report
  • Universal Competency Report
  • Sales Report
  • Leadership Report

These reports are useful because they are user friendly, detailed, and show areas of strength and development. In addition, they provide a clear, concise, graphical summary of performance in job-related areas of expertise.

OPQ Dimensions

The OPQ32 was developed to ensure that the scales are relevant and acceptable for the workplace. There are 32 specific personality characteristics measured by the OPQ32. These 32 personality characteristics are divided into three domains: Relationship with People, Thinking Style and Feelings and Emotions.

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Relationships with People
  • Persuasive
  • Controlling
  • Outspoken
  • Independent-minded
  • Outgoing
  • Affiliative
  • Socially Confident
  • Modest
  • Democratic
  • Caring
Thinking Style
  • Data Rational
  • Evaluative
  • Behavioural
Creativity and Change
  • Conventional
  • Conceptual
  • Innovative
  • Variety Seeking
  • Adaptable
  • Forward Thinking
  • Detail Conscious
  • Conscientious
  • Rule Following
Feelings and Emotions
  • Relaxed
  • Worrying
  • Tough-minded
  • Optimistic
  • Trusting
  • Emotionally Controlled
  • Vigorous
  • Competitive
  • Achieving
  • Decisive

Prepare for the OPQ32

JobTestPrep has developed a unique personality practice pack. This pack includes two professional personality tests, along with a detailed analysis of your personality profile, which is customised to your specific job level. These materials supply you with a better understanding of personality test concepts and help you prepare for the SHL OPQ32 test. Preparing with JobTestPrep provides you with the knowledge and practice you need to get the position you desire.

Take a personality test now, and/ or study with the Free Personality Test Sample.

What's Included


  • Improve your chances to pass the personality test
  • Professional personality practice test
  • Analysis of 50 traits that employers look for
  • Detailed description of OPQ scales
  • Reveals what employers are looking for in candidates
  • Personalized Feedback - customized to your job level
  • Know what to expect on test day
  • Bonus: The complete guide to personality tests
  • Secured payment

Please use a desktop computer when using this pack, as the personality practice test is not fully supported on mobile devices.


JobTestPrep is not a part of or SHL and is not related to these trademarks in any way. JobTestPrep offers preparation services for psychometric tests.

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