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What Is the Predictive Index Behavioural Assessment?

The Predictive Index Behavioural Assessment has been prevalent in the business world for the past 60 years. This pre-employment assessment is used globally by more than 8,000 organisations, from dental businesses to sports teams, and it has been translated into 70 languages. 

The PI Behavioural Assessment measures four primary characteristics of personality:

  • Dominance – To what extent do you try to control your environment?
  • Extroversion – To what extent do you seek social interaction with others?
  • Patience – To what extent do you look for consistency and stability in your environment?
  • Formality – To what extent do you try to conform to formal rules and structure?

Two additional personality traits are highlighted on the Predictive Index test: decision-making, including the way you process information and make decisions, and response level, which reflects your energy, activity level, and stamina.

From the view of prospective employers, the goal in administering a PI Behavioural Assessment is the prediction of workplace performance. Candidates' responses on the PI indicate behavioural propensities.

Some of the dozens of industries that make use of the Predictive Index include financial services, manufacturing, business services, healthcare, hospitality, and transportation.


Format and Content of the Predictive Index

The PI Behavioural Assessment is available in three formats: paper & pencil, desktop, and internet-based. Though untimed, the assessment generally takes between five and 10 minutes to complete.

There are two pages on the assessment, each containing a list of 86 adjectives. One of the pages requires you to check the adjectives that reflect your behaviour. The other set of those same adjectives are to be checked in accordance with how you think others perceive you and expect you to act.

The results of the PI Behavioural Assessment provide two patterns of an individual’s workplace behaviour.

  1. Self – A reflection of an individual’s natural drives and needs and how he or she naturally reacts in an environment or in certain situations.
  2. Self-Concept – A reflection of how an individual may be adapting his or her natural behaviours to the expectations of his or her current work environment.

Comparing "Self" to "Self-Concept" can reveal tension or synergy between an individual and his or her current workplace. This can be used to identify the root of observed behaviours and to help the company in both the hiring process and to improve work for current employees.

Following are some sample adjectives found on the Predictive Index: helpful, esteemed, calm, cultured, cynical, passive, and steady.


Tips for Positive Predictive Index Results

You are painting your own behavioural picture with each of the adjectives you check or leave blank. Consider every adjective from the point of view of your prospective employer. Before taking the PI, research the employer and the tasks involved in a specific job.

Approach each adjective in accordance with the parameters of the job and the attitudes and goals of the company. For example, if the employer is focused on moral values and the job entails working with other individuals, 'helpful', 'calm', and 'steady' are a few of the adjectives you should choose to describe yourself as well as to describe how you are seen by others.

Be consistent in your selection of adjectives.


Pass the Predictive Index for these Affiliates & Partners

Below is a table of the Predictive Index certified partners. If one of these companies or organisations invites you to take an assessment test, it is highly likely that in addition to the Predictive Index Learning Indicator test, you will also be required to take the Predictive Index Behavioural Assessment. Our dedicated PrepPacks™ can help you thoroughly prepare for the various assessments.

Accord Management System Synergy CMC Nast Partners Proactive Signs
HHG Consulting Talent 20/20 Meaden & Moore Oliver Group
Advisa USA Advenir Holding Pte. Lts Cubo Consulting DayTu
AE Herman Associates Breakfree Strategies Hunter-Ross Esperta
Arcos Cascade Employers Association Greenwood MGMT Resources Focal Point Strategies
Human Consulting Group MCG Partners Outside in Leading SHIFT
Inspirit Growth MEA People Lynx Spark the Discussion
Predictive Results Predictive Insight Predictive Advantage Resource PI
Predictive Strategy Group Predictive Success Corp Predictive Advisors Predictive Excellence
Kinsey Management MindWire Praendex Synergy CMC
Intelytics Inc. MEA Perspective Consulting Wipfli
Arcos Advisory Clavis Consultants The Confidant Group GVS Engage
Loyalia People Engines Humanostics The Cornerstone Group

What Our Predictive Index PrepPack™ Entails

JobTestPrep's Predictive Index PrepPack™ is comprised of one full-length personality test and three study guides (one of which specifically focuses on the PI Behavioural Assessment), ensuring you are fully prepared for and understand how to approach personality tests.

Our Predictive Index study guide explains the underlying principles of the Predictive Index and outlines how to approach the test with confidence. Furthermore, it describes, in great detail, the structure and specific characteristics of the Predictive Index assessment, while also providing exercises, reports, graphs, profiles, and in-depth explanations.

The Personality Test Theory study guide explains the purpose of personality tests, outlines popular personality test formats, provides information on how to analyse and break down personality test instructions (to ensure that you understand what each test is truly looking for or assessing), and provides you with personality test tips. 

The Motivation and Culture Fit study guide is a bonus study guide that describes and outlines your compatibility and preferences to a job position and organisation, based on your personality test results.

Ensure your success on the Predictive Index test with JobTestPrep's PrepPack™.


How to Prepare for the Predictive Index Personality Test

The Predictive Index is one of many behavioural profiling tools used in the employment world. Employers stress honest answers in order to ensure the job is right for you. However, be sure that the descriptive adjectives you check are ones that employers would like to see you demonstrate.

JobTestPrep offers professional preparation to help you reach your maximum potential during the hiring process, but especially on assessments. Our Predictive Index PrepPack™ consists of a personality test, three detailed study guides, and an in-depth report and profile. These materials provide you with an understanding of which traits employers are looking for and, of course, which traits applicants should avoid highlighting. Start preparing for success today.

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What's Included

  • One Predictive Index study guide
  • The complete toolkit to personality tests preparation:
    • One full-length personality test
    • One Personality Test Theory study guide
    • One bonus Motivation and Culture Fit study guide
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