Top Tips on How to Ace a Behavioural Test on an Interview

  | Jennifer Feldman


The hiring process has become more and more competitive with each passing year. There is an increasing number of steps involved in getting your dream job. Gone are the days of a simple job interview. Today, a widespread practice among used by employers is using personality or other behavioral tests as a screening tool. Personality tests help employers find the most suitable employee for an open position. Employers want to see how you work in a team, how you might react in certain situations, and if you fit in with the company’s corporate culture.

Here is an inside tip: employers assume you don’t know anything about behavioral tests during interviews. They believe that you will come into the interview unaware and answer the test questions instinctively. The trouble is, answering erratically without proper exposure to the exam can paint a disorganized personality profile. I am here to outline some helpful hints for mastering the pre-employment behavioral assessments.

What is a Pre-Employment Personality Test?

Personality tests are a set of questions designed to show the distinct aspects of your character that will affect your suitability for the position. Depending on the position that you are applying to, there are some character traits that are desirable and some that are undesirable. Your personality test results will give an employer a personality profile for you. A personality profile is a tool used by employers to provide an overview of your attributes, values, and skills to maximize your potential job performance. The information from your profile is used to match the right person to the right position or task.

Tips on How to Pass the Pre-employment Personality Test

* Review which personality traits are desirable for your target career. Each position puts a different emphasis on different traits.

* Personality tests are lengthy and repetitive. This means that you need to pace yourself and make sure you don’t fatigue. You want to prevent yourself from tiring and answering questions carelessly.

* Take a practice pre-employment personality test at home. This will help prepare you for your behavioral interview. Check out this practice personality test based on the big five model. This is one of the most common personality questionnaires used by employers.

* Make sure you read every answer to each question. The test is designed to have multiple suitable answers. But, there is only one answer which is the best fit.

* Don’t be indecisive when answering the personality questions. Ensure you are consistent and professional with every answer.

* Do your research in advance. Make sure you know which assessment test you are going to receive. Here are some common pre-employment personality questionnaires used by big companies:
 - Caliper Personality Profile
 - Hogan Personality Inventory
 - Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ32)

What is a Situational Judgment Test?

Situational Judgement Test (SJT) are behavioral assessments used by employers which present you with hypothetical, yet realistic, work-related scenarios and ask you questions about how you might react. Situational judgment tests are very common for health, law enforcement, customer service, sales, and management positions.

Tips How to Pass the Situational Judgement Test

* Don’t rush when you take your situational judgment test. Make sure that you read each of the scenarios carefully before choosing an answer. There might be one answer which seems correct, but if you keep reading you will find a better fit.

* Only answer based on the information given. Don’t make any assumptions based on information that is not given in the question.

* Answer each question separately. Don’t build your response based on a previous scenario.

* Make sure to answer every question professionally. Think about what each response will say about you as a potential employee.

* Make sure you answer each scenario with what you SHOULD do. Not, what you might do.

* Practice in advance by taking a sample situational judgment test before your behavioral interview.

Good luck candidates I know you are on your way to acing your pre-employment assessment!

Author's Bio: This article was contributed by Jennifer Feldman. She is a speech and language expert and blogger at JobTestPrep. She specializes in writing about the employment hiring process. JobTestPrep is a market leader in preparation for psychometric exams. They have helped more than 500,000 people achieve their academic and career goals.