Workplace Personality Tests & Assessments

Personality is one of the most powerful indicators of workplace success and provides valuable insight into both strengths and potential derailers.

Workplace Personality Tests & Assessments

Personality is one of the most powerful indicators of workplace success and provides valuable insight into both strengths and potential derailers.

  • Identify self-motivated, highly-driven individuals
  • Will your hire cope under pressure?
  • Do they accept tried-and-tested or find new ways to achieve?
  • How well do they deal with risk and confrontation?
  • Develop future leaders and inform succession planning
  • Identify those best suited to a target-driven environment
 

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Thomas' workplace personality assessment

How do you know if someone is well suited to a certain job role or position? The Thomas Personality assessment assesses six core traits which help identify the best candidate for a role adding confidence to your recruitment.

How our workplace personality test works

Using one of the most widely accepted psychological theories, presented in a user-friendly interface to give you the insights you need for effective recruitment and development (without having to be a certified psychologist)

Simple assessment

Within just 10 minutes of your candidate’s or employee’s time, you will gain a comprehensive insight into the suitability to a role.

Detailed insight

Understand more about an individual’s openness to change, whether they thrive in competitive environments, how they adjust to stressful situations and whether they are more likely than others to strive for success.

Robust science

Based on the globally recognised and respected Big Five psychological theory, it has been extensively validated and optimised for workplace applications following psychometric research with thousands of participants.

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Assessment Information

Assessment type: Personality

Format: 78 questions

Availability: English language only

Time to complete: 10 minutes

Training required: None

Validation:

The Thomas Personality assessment has been extensively validated and optimised for workplace applications following psychometric research with thousands of participants with the acquired data being subject to advanced statistical methods.

Click below to download a sample candidate profile from the Thomas Perform platform

We’ve put in robust processes with regards to the Aptitude, Behaviour and Personality assessments at the recruitment phase, so we have a well-rounded view of a candidate.

Alan Reilly, Organisation Learning & Development Manager

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We’ve put in robust processes with regards to the Aptitude, Behaviour and Personality assessments at the recruitment phase, so we have a well-rounded view of a candidate.

Alan Reilly, Organisation Learning & Development Manager

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We’ve put in robust processes with regards to the Aptitude, Behaviour and Personality assessments at the recruitment phase, so we have a well-rounded view of a candidate.

Alan Reilly, Organisation Learning & Development Manager

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Background & theory

The Thomas Personality assessment is powered by the High Personality Trait Indicator (HPTI) which was developed by Ian MacRae and Adrian Furnham in 2006.

The assessment measures Conscientiousness, Adjustment, Curiosity, Risk Approach, Ambiguity Acceptance and Competitiveness.

A person’s responses are reflected back as a position on a continuum for each of the 6 traits, consisting of Very Low, Low, Moderate, High or Very High. Too much or too little of a trait will have advantages as well as disadvantages. Certain trait levels can indicate a high potential to succeed, or potentially indicate characteristics that could de-rail an otherwise successful person.

HPTI Theory

Download the factsheet for more information on getting the best possible predictive insight into how well someone will fit a job role

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Format of the Thomas Personality assessment

The Thomas Personality assessment is a self-report questionnaire. Individuals indicate their level of agreement on a 1-7 Likert scale (1 ‘disagree completely’ to 7 ‘agree completely) with 78 unique items. The Personality test takes just 10 minutes to complete.


Reliability & validity

The Thomas Personality test has been developed over many years in collaboration with experts, professionals and practitioners through research programmes and in collaboration with researchers at University College London and High Potential Psychology Ltd.

The Personality test has been extensively validated and optimised for workplace applications following psychometric research with thousands of participants with the acquired data being subject to advanced statistical methods.

Thomas International accredited research driven personality tests

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a Workplace Personality Test?

    A workplace personality test provides insight into a person’s strengths and weaknesses and where those strengths and weaknesses can also derail their progress in the workplace. A workplace personality test is designed to understand what kind of working personality you have. 

    Are you someone that likes social interaction? Do you enjoy working by yourself or in teams? Can you lead a team when the time calls for it? A workplace personality test is aimed at discovering these very traits and then, used with a series of other tools, help you develop your strengths and equip you to deal with your weaknesses. 

    From H.R to the person hiring you for their team, recruiters want to discover more about the way you work and how you may deal with workplace challenges and situations. 

    With more and more candidates applying for roles, the workplace personality test has become a key instrument to helping identify potential employees based on their personality and thus, suitability for a role on a greater scientific basis than ever before. 

    Matching the right person to the specific job makes obvious business sense. The workplace personality test is just one tool that helps employers do this.

  • How does a Workplace Personality Test work?

    A workplace personality test is a series of questions that a candidate will need to answer in order to complete. Commonly, tests can vary from questions which include; true or false statements, agree/disagree/neither, a likert scale (1 - 7) or a statement followed by least/most. 

    Combined, these questions start to give an overall view of a candidate and their personality traits. Our Workplace Personality Test specifically covers these areas of personality testing. The High Potential Trait Indicator (HPTI) specifically helps to identify leadership potential as part of the testing programme. 

    Developed by Ian MacRae and Adrian Furnham in 2006, the HPTI has been designed based on an ‘optimality’ model, which assumes that personality traits can be considered ‘optimal’ based on the requirements of a particular job role or position, such as senior executive leadership.

    Formatted as a self-report questionnaire, the answers have 7 levels of agreement on a 1-7 Likert scale (1 ‘disagree completely’ to 7 ‘agree completely’) with 78 unique items. The test takes as little as 8 minutes to complete. 

  • Why use Workplace Personality Tests in the workplace?

    A workplace personality test is designed to bring useful insights into the candidate’s behaviour and preferences. The things we struggle to easily see in a face-to-face interview are more accurately measured and, in turn, we get a candidate and potential employee that better suits the specific job role on offer. 

    Wouldn’t it be great if we could assess our current employees with a workplace personality test? The answer is, you can. You can discover new and fascinating insights into their personality and behaviour traits. Thus, it can give you a more rounded picture of the person you’ve been working with and a better understanding of why some of the tasks they’re employed to undertake may or may not be done well. 

    From improving productivity and engagement to lowering employee turnover and even finding the potential rising star of your company, conducting workplace assessments with current staff is a vital tool to give you a better understanding of your current employees’ characteristics and personality.

  • How can Workplace Personality Tests help recruitment?

    When thinking about the workplace personality test in recruitment, think about the role you’re trying to fill - and whether or not the candidate matches the personality requirements for the role. In other words, a workplace personality test helps better identify the right candidate for the company, team and role based on their personality. 

    Consider the vacancy you’re recruiting for. Does it suit a self starter? Is it a client-facing position? Does the new employee have to work on multiple tasks in a day?

    Being able to clearly identify what the role covers will help you identify the right candidate based on their personality with a workplace personality test. Why is this important? The better the fit of a candidate, the greater the benefit to the overall business - a more engaged worker/workforce, less staff turnover and greater job satisfaction on an individual level.

  • How can Thomas help with Workplace Personality Tests?

    The Thomas Workplace Personality Test is an assessment tool that every business can benefit from. The High Potential Trait Indicator (HPTI) is designed to specifically identify leadership potential as part of the testing programme.

    Based on a self-report questionnaire which has 7 levels of agreement on a 1-7 Likert scale (1 ‘disagree completely’ to 7 ‘agree completely), the HPTI test is structured on an ‘optimality’ model. This assumes that personality traits can be considered ‘optimal’ based on the requirements of a particular job role or position, such as senior executive leadership.

    Alongside a suite of other tools from Thomas, the HPTI helps to identify the right talent for the role, reducing turnover, increasing staff engagement and overall productivity whilst, giving you insight into who will thrive in your business with the right level of training and management development.