Work Personality Test

Are you applying for a new job and need to take a work personality test to determine your fitness? Check out our quick guide on what these tests assess, the type of questions they include and how to pass one with flying colours.

What Are Work Personality Tests?

Work personality tests are the most common test used in the recruitment of employees, after CV screenings and job interviews. In fact, most companies today use them as part of the hiring process to determine whether candidates are a great fit to the organisation and their personality corresponds with the requirements of the role and the organisation itself.

This, in effect, screens out a large percentage of candidates and allows employers to identify the ones that are best suited to the job they’re applying for.

These tests can either be taken alone or as part of a series of tests to form a better and more accurate picture of a person’s strengths, skills and priorities. For example, Career Hunter’s own Work Personality Test is intended to be taken alongside its five other tests: Career Interests , Career Motivators, Abstract Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning. Upon completing all 6 tests, users are given access to a 55+ page personalised career report which outlines their detailed test results and also matches them to the top 10 careers they are best suited to.

Types of Personality Test

There are several different types of personality test, the most notable being:

  • The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MPTI), which was constructed by mother-daughter duo Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers. Based on the typological theory proposed by Carl Jung, it describes the user’s tendencies toward four pairs of preferences or dichotomies: Intuition/Sensing, Feeling/Thinking, Introversion/Extraversion and Perception/Judging.
  • The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), which looks at 10 major clinical subscales describing abnormal human behaviour: depression, hypochondriasis, hypomania, hysteria, masculinity/femininity, paranoia, psychasthaenia, psychopathic deviate, schizophrenia and social introversion.
  • The Revised NEO Personality Inventory (NEO PI-R), which was published in 1990 and assesses users on the Big Five personality traits: extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism and openness to experience. It consists of 240 items.

Read more about personality tests over at our sister site CareerAddict, which explores this type of assessment in greater detail.

Sample Question

The Career Hunter Work Personality Test features a series of statements in fives. Your task is to rank each statement according to its relevance to you.

In the example below, the user has indicated that putting a lot of emphasis on their professional development is the most relevant to them while communicating in a persuasive manner is the least relevant to them.

Drag and drop each statement to the appropriate position - the statement which describes the activity that is most relevant to you should be placed in the top position.

Important Tips

It’s all About You

Remember, there are no wrong or right answers to work personality tests. The answers you provide concern your own personal work values and preferences.

Be Honest

Try to answer questions as faithfully to your personality as possible. Avoid answering questions based on what seems ideal or what you think you have to answer. Doing so will elicit inaccurate results.

Be Realistic

Don’t rely on work personality tests for a magic answer. That being said, be open to indications of your personality that you never previously considered.


Try to remain calm during a test. Excessive stress can negatively impact your results. It is, therefore, important that you avoid being careless and hastily answering questions, as well as do not overthink the questions/statements.

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