Job Seekers: 3 Tips for Handling Personality TestsMGR Accounting Recruiters in
As employers have continued to look to improve their hiring processes, personality tests have become more and more common. Here are some tips to help you perform your best the next time you need to complete a personality test:
- Prepare. By prepare, I don’t mean study. By prepare, I mean make sure you are in the right frame of mind to take the test and show your true self. Get a good night’s sleep the day before and try to clear your mind of any other worries. You want the test to represent you at your most-rested, least-stressed state, so do everything you can to ensure that happens.
- Don’t over-think it. Frequently the feedback we get regarding most personality tests is that several of the answers seemed to apply and that it was hard to select just one. Although I happen to have felt the same way many times when I have taken various assessments, the fact is that you have to make a selection. Generally the answer that comes to mind first is the best answer. Since there truly is no correct answer in personality tests, your first thought is generally the best reflection of your true self.
- Consider it a blessing. As odd as this may sound, you really should consider it a blessing when an organization chooses to use a personality test. Whether it is actually used to screen candidates out, or if it is only used as a management tool for later, it benefits you for the employer to have some additional insight into your personality. You certainly would not want to be hired knowing that your personality was a bad fit for their organization. Knowing in advance that the company has had a positive experience with people similar to yourself gives you additional assurance that it may be the right job for you. Although it may seem contrary to popular belief, a company choosing to invest in personality assessments truly can be a blessing to the applicants.
The next time you are looking for a job and are asked to complete a personality assessment, remember these key points: 1) prepare yourself mentally, 2) don’t over-think it, and 3) it really is a blessing that the employer cares enough to invest in such a tool.
I wish you the best in your search.