Personality tests are very powerful for predicting and explaining how someone will typically behave. They can be based on “type” or “trait” – in other words how individuals differ from one another or how much of a characteristic they posses. Personality tests show:
- style of interation with others
- an individual’s fit to a job role
- attitudes to change
Most personality tests are appropriate for career development and some are suitable for selection.
Ability or aptitude tests measure how well individuals perform tasks and solve problems, although some can also measure potential. A wide variety of tests is available, reflecting job roles and level of seniority. Examples of ability tests include:
- verbal reasoning
- numerical reasoning
- mechanical reasoning
- data checking
Ability tests can be used for both selection and career development.
selecting the right test
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British Psychological Society
Accreditation by the British Psychological Society to purchase, administer and interpret personality and ability tests provides tremendous flexibility. It means that we are able to select the most appropriate test from a wide range of providers including SHL, OPP and Human Synergistics.