There should be no fear in completing a personality questionnaire, however faced with any sort of questionnaire some people do hesitate. This can be for a number of reasons, such as prior negative experience, fear of the unknown, concerns about privacy, etc.
When dealing with something unfamiliar in an already stressful situation, such as applying for a job, these feelings are understandable. So here is a list of the key points and benefits to you as a candidate in taking an assessment using our Profiles4Care questionnaire;
• People often refer to personality profiling as personality or psychometric ‘tests’. However, it is not a ‘test’ as this only applies when there is a right or wrong answer. There can be no right or wrong personality profile, though each will have a preferred work environment.
• The results of personality questionnaires can only come from the answers given. There isn’t any other information gathered. It only measures your natural behavioural preferences, not what you did last Saturday night.
• The Profiles4Care questionnaire does come with a time clock counting down. These are only to show you much time you are taking, it’s not a test so it won’t stop you completing the assessment even if it hits zero.
• Understanding whether the job suits your personality or not can be the difference between career success and being thoroughly miserable at the thought of going to work every day. So, be honest when completing an assessment and go with your gut feel on tricky questions, as this will be the true you.
• Personality tests help you to verbalise and explain ‘who’ you are and obtain a deeper understanding of yourself. Understanding what makes us tick makes life a whole lot easier.
• Knowing what your strengths and weaknesses are helps with effective career planning, CV preparation, reducing stress, along with many other benefits.
• If your employer knows the kind of work environment that suits you they can work with you to achieve it. You’ll be happier, more productive and more likely to stay, why wouldn’t they?
Personality profiling as part of the values based recruitment process brings as many if not more benefits to you the candidate as it does to an employer, so ask them to share the results with you if they haven’t done so already.