16 Personality Factor Questionnaire

Personality is a term that describes the unique characteristics of an individual that underlie and influence their behaviour. Personality remains relatively consistent or stable throughout one’s life and, as a result, can be reliably measured to help make predictions regarding an individual.

Personality tests, such as the 16 Personality Factor Questionnaire (16PF®), help recruiters make informed decisions about an individual’s suitability for a role and possible strategies for managing them effectively. Understanding personality helps:
  • Improve on-the-job performance
  • Increase productivity,
  • Improve job satisfaction and
  • Build team cohesion.

The 16PF Questionnaire (16PF®) is a widely recognised personality test and measures core personality traits that influence behaviour. The test is based on a model of personality which incorporates the following five global factors:

Relating to Others The extent to which an individual’s time and energy are focused on interpersonal relationships, as opposed to seeking more time alone and working independently on tasks.
Influence and Collaboration The extent to which an individual has a forceful, assertive and independent influence on their environment, or a more cooperative, collaborative style of functioning.
Thinking Style The tendency to have an intuitive, creative thinking style, or a more objective, realistic way of thinking.
Structure and Flexibility The tendency for self-discipline and self-control, or adopting a more unrestrained, flexible approach.
Management of Pressure Indicates different styles of coping with pressure, disappointments, challenges, setbacks and other stressful circumstances.

The five global factors in the 16PF®  consist of  the following primary factors.

16PF Personality Test Factor Structure

The16PF® is a self-report measure of personality consisting of 170 multiple choice questions and, although untimed, takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. There are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers in this assessment. Responses are analysed to give an indication as to how strongly each factor is represented in the individual.

Video Overview

Watch this short video for an overview of the Onetest 16 Personality Factor Questionnaire (16PF®).

Test Summary

Test 16 Personality Factor Questionnaire (16PF®)
Measures Personality
Predicts Work behaviour, communication and performance
Use Secondary assessment. Recommended for testing the final few candidates. All Industries. All roles. However, due to its detailed nature, it is recommended that the 16PF Questionnaire only be used by individuals who have completed Onetest's 16PF training
Questions 170
Time 30 minutes (untimed)
Normative Group
General Population
Onetest Assessment Management System 

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