There Is No “Perfect Answer”

Knowing the personality test format is one thing, but surviving it is a whole other monstrosity. The most important thing to remember is, answer everything honestly. Though it may not seem like it, these tests are specifically designed to weed out the truth-stretchers. It’s also important to read between the lines when answering questions. Google, for example, has been known to throw out some ridiculously bizarre brain teasers. How would you answer this question if you were interviewing in the Silicon Valley? “You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and thrown in a blender. The blades start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?” Yes, that is an actual Google question.

The Aftermath

Just like those high school exams, the first thing you think about after completing a personality test is, “How did I do?” That’s actually a very important question and something the hiring team should address whether or not you ultimately get the gig. Follow through is an essential part of the job hunting process and it helps illustrate your eagerness to employers. Often times, companies may still use your personality test to see if you’re a fit for other positions that are better suited to your strengths. Make sure to let them know you’re interested and you may wind up doing something you love even more.

What It All Means

Ok, now that we’ve prepared you for the worst, we can ease your fears a little bit by stating that not every company administers these tests, even though it is a growing trend. Believe it or not, it’s actually quite expensive for companies to administer personality quizzes, up to several hundred dollars per applicant. But the good news is, if you do get asked to take one than you’re probably at the top of the hiring heap. And if you can let your true winning “personality” shine, it may make up for any resume shortcomings.

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Born and raised in Los Angeles, Michael Lopez has written for outlets like TMZ, MSN Latino, Latina, Huffington Post and NUVOtv. He helped launch MTV Tr3s' Blogamole network, overseeing celebrity interviews, breaking news, movie reviews and awards show coverage. Michael has also worked as a writer for brands like Playboy, Low Rider, Warner Bros and Univision.

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