How to Determine Personality Type Using the Predictive Index

Companies use the Predictive Index Survey to help with hiring.
Companies use the Predictive Index Survey to help with hiring. (Image: Ableimages/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

The Predictive Index Survey is a self-assessment test used primarily in business. It is a predictor of workplace behavior, and many companies use it during the hiring process to help determine if the candidate is the right fit for the job. The Predictive Index Survey is also used in the workplace for conflict resolution, promotions and improving job satisfaction. The Predictive Index is based on a behavioral science called cluster theory. It does not really determine personality type, but it does point out your strongest behaviors.

Find a trained professional to administer the test. Usually, you will take the survey at a workplace because the Predictive Index Survey is tailored for employment. Providing the test involves annual fees and training. You may find a psychologist in the community offering the Predictive Index Survey, or a college counseling center may have this service available.

Take the test. The Predictive Index Survey consists of two pages filled with identical words that would be used to describe personality. On the first page, you circle the words that describe how you think you should be perceived at work. On the next page, you circle words that you believe accurately describe your personality.

Wait for the scores. The test must be scored by a trained professional. The evaluator will compare your characteristics to see how closely your natural-self matches with your business-self.

Read your results. The results are very specific to you and will give you insight into your personality. The survey will point out your strongest behaviors, provide a graph and a summary of your personality. It is specifically tailored to careers and employment.

Utilize the information. The results can help you in your current job or in the future, if you are looking to change careers.

Tips & Warnings

  • There are other tests that assign personality types. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is one such test that can be taken online and has scientific research behind it.

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