Other Psychometric Tests

Motivation/values questionnaires

These questionnaires investigate those aspects of work that hold most importance for you. They are designed to uncover your preferences in terms of work style, environment, desire for development, preferred level of responsibility etc.

The underlying notion is that employees will gain greater satisfaction if they are placed in a work situation that keeps them enthusiastic and motivated.

Typical characteristics of Motivation/Values questionnaires:

  • They are usually quite short (10-30 minutes)
  • They are generally un-timed
  • There are no right or wrong answers
  • They are usually forced choice format (multiple choice) or 5-7 point scale responses.
  • Your first or "gut" response is usually the right one for you.
  • They are usually paper and pencil tests although some are available in electronic format.

Motivation/values sample questions

Using the following scale, circle the answer that is most true for you.

  • Strongly Disagree
  • Disagree
  • Neither Agree nor Disagree
  • Agree
  • Strongly Agree

You are asked to give a presentation on a recent project that your University team has been working on:

  • You feel embarrassed that you have been chosen over your colleagues?

1  2  3  4  5

  • You deserve this opportunity because you have worked very hard to achieve team goals?

1  2  3  4  5

  • You want to collaborate with your colleagues to ensure that the presentation is the best that it can be?

1  2  3  4  5

  • You want to maintain control of the format of the presentation because you want it to be the best that it can be?

1  2  3  4  5

Alternatively you may encounter something like this:

Rate each of the following in terms of their importance to you in performing your work using the following scale:

Not at all important 1 2 3 4 5 Extremely important

  • Financial reward
  • Friendly colleagues
  • Autonomy
  • Creativity
  • Career advancement
  • Interest/belief Inventories

Interest inventories are used to explore your level of interest in particular aspects of work or occupations, beliefs surrounding your work preferences and work-life. They are frequently utilised in Career Counselling and one or all of these tools may be used in selection and recruitment settings.

Characteristics of interest inventories:

  • There are no right or wrong answers
  • Quite short (approximately 30 minutes)
  • Untimed
  • Often presented as card sorts, checklists, or questionnaires

Typically you are asked to rate or choose between some or all of the following: Occupations, activities, amusements, likes/dislikes, personal characteristics and work aspects.

Interest inventories - Sample Questions

Using the scale below please rate the extent to which you agree or disagree with the following statements.

  • Strongly Disagree
  • Disagree
  • Neither Agree nor Disagree
  • Agree
  • Strongly Agree

(a) I would feel like a failure if I could not work in the field I was trained in.

(b) I would move to another state if I got a good job offer.

(c) The approval of others is important in my career choice.

(d) I am determined to learn new skills in order to get the job I want.

(e) There is a perfect job for every person.

Integrity tests

Integrity tests are tests designed to measure honesty and trustworthiness. They typically examine an applicant's attitudes toward illicit behaviours, involvement in theft or other noxious activities. Integrity tests were widely used in the early 1990's but their use has proved controversial in pre-employment settings due to concerns related to their transparency and susceptibility to faking. Their widespread use as a selection tool is still quite limited in Australia. 

Characteristics of Integrity Tests:

  • Quite short
  • Untimed

Integrity tests - Sample Questions

Using the scale below please rate the extent to which you agree or disagree with the following statements:

  • Strongly Disagree
  • Disagree
  • Neither Agree nor Disagree
  • Agree
  • Strongly Agree

(a) I sometimes need to ignore minor rules in order to get the job done. 

(b) If I were caught stealing I would justify it with a believable story. 

(c) It is acceptable to make local phone calls from work but not long distance calls. 

(d) Everyone takes small stationery items from the office at some time or another. 

(e) A person who takes stationery or small disposable items from work without permission should lose their annual bonus.