Companies sometimes use personality tests as another way to evaluate a potential employee. They know that certain personality types do well in certain positions within the organization, and they want to make sure they’re making a good choice. Typical personality assessments include DISC, Caliper, Myers-Briggs, or Gallup, but candidates sometimes stumble across tests that include convoluted, confusing, or even just plain weird questions.

If that happens to you, what’s the best way for you to deal with it? How can you “pass” a personality test so that you get hired?
The bad news is, you can’t really “pass” a personality test. You can’t prepare for them, or manipulate them to your advantage. The good news is, you don’t have to try.

Your best option is always to answer the questions as truthfully as possible, as they’re posed to you, because the same question usually gets asked in different ways, and they will compare your answers. You don’t want to have to try to remember what you said before—that’s just too confusing. Be serious, but be natural. Put away the kids, the dog, and the husband, relax, and take the test.

If your personality assessment doesn’t fit what’s working with the company, then you may not want to join the company anyway. They really do assess personality parameters that you’ve been working on for a while now, and you can’t fake that. Don’t let the test concern you. If you’re a fit for the company, the test will show it. If not, it might be the best thing for you to work there, anyway.

Author's Bio: 

Peggy McKee has over 15 years of experience in sales, sales management and recruiting. She knows how hard it can be to land your dream job, and can help you with what you need to do to succeed. Her website, Career Confidential ( is packed with job-landing tips and advice as well as the practical, powerful, innovative tools every job seeker needs to be successful.