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How do Personality Questions on Job Applications Affect You?

Most companies have placed their applications online. In addition to the basic application information such as your work history, education, etc…, the online applications usually include personality questions. The personality questions help the employer weed out potential candidates before they are even selected for an interview. The personality questions are designed to identify the candidate’s values and predict how the person would react in a particular situation. The test is also checking to see if you have provided consistent answers. It is done by asking you the same question, but in a different way. The personality tests help save the hiring managers time, but unfortunately some good qualified candidates may end up slipping through the cracks.

In order to ensure you are a qualified candidate for the position, follow these simple tips:

  • Allow yourself plenty of time to complete the application. If you are rushing through the answers, you are probably not providing the best answers. Take your time and read each question thoroughly.
  • Be honest. If you are not your answers will not be consistent.
  • When given the choices of strongly agree, agree, does not matter, disagree or strongly disagree, it is a good idea to be decisive and select strongly agree or strongly disagree.

If you feel like you need additional assistance, we offer a workshop called Completing Online
Applications without Frustration. Please call (530) 822-5120 for more information.