Cognitive & Personality Tests

There are a vast array of cognitive and personality tests. You will find it beneficial to know exactly which personality type you are, it will help you in understanding who you are when thinking about your strategy for CV creation and preparing for interviews. (Please remember there is no such thing as a generic CV when applying for jobs at executive level. Every CV must be tailored and matched to the job description and person specification.)
The following websites have a number of free tests and are well worth doing as part of identifying who you are, the tests within each are for "education and enjoyment" rather than a definitive personality or cognitive assessment.

For a more in-depth exercise based approach visit the website of Assessment Day, a company set-up to help graduates and job seekers find out about the psychometric tests commonly used by employers. The website provides real psychometric and aptitude tests online for free. as well as tips, solutions and advice. www.assessmentday.co.uk/free/ The test available include:

  • Numerical Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Verbal Comprehension
  • Diagrammatic Reasoning
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Situational Judgement
  • In-Tray Exercises
More self-evaluation tests are available at  Personality Testing including:
  • an interactive version of the IPIP Big-Five Factor Markers, a measure of the big five personality traits at Big Five Personality Test that is recommended for scientific validity.
  • Open Extended Jungian Type Scales based upon the work of Carl Jung in 1921 and later refined by Myers and Briggs, this test is an alternative to the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. This is recommended for personal enjoyment.
Other Tests at Personality Testing. These include a number of the stranger fun tests, one even assesses a measure of belief of conspiracy theories! These tests are not infallible and are available for education and entertainment uses, they will help you to understand the sort of personality that you are.
Truity.com is a website that provides assessments are based on the theory of sixteen personality types originally developed by Myers Briggs. You can complete a free online assessment, taking around 15 minutes, to indicate your "Typefinder" personality type. This website also includes a number of other paid for assessment tests including a full Myers Briggs assessment.