16PF (16 Personality Factors) Questionnaire

An Overview of Psychometric Testing: 16PF Questionnaire

16pf Psychometric testing diagram

Psychometric testing is used to improve the effectiveness of the recruitment process. It helps to accurately select the right person for the organisation.

It is critical to remember that tests should be used  in conjunction  with other sources of information on the candidate such as interviews, resume, reference checks etc.

There are two main types of tests:

  • Ability tests  assess specific individual abilities such as numerical, spelling and grammar, strategic thinking etc.
  • Personality tests  assess motivation and personality traits, such as Drive, Independence, Adaptability, etc. Understanding what motivates people and what style suits them best is critical to ensuring that employees will succeed in the job being considered.

Before selecting any particular test:

  1. Determine what you want to measure (what you are measuring must be based on the requirements of the job for which the person is being considered).
  2. Select a test that is designed to measure those abilities or personality characteristics.
  3. Make sure that you choose a test which is valid and reliable.

Tests can provide useful additional information on the candidates and  highlight areas that need to be checked during the final interview.

Tests can also be an invaluable tool to utilise  following  the recruitment process. These tools can assist in the identification of high potential employees, as well as in developing your employees.

16 PF Questionnaire

16 pf questionnaire

Summary of the test:

The 16 Personality Factors (PF) Questionnaire assesses personality traits and personal style in various situations and tasks.


Provides a complete picture by measuring personality in both the professional and personal spheres. It provides a comprehensive assessment of personality factors including warmth, emotional stability, dominance, openness to change, tough mindedness, independence, self-control etc. It helps to confirm suitability, reveal potential and identify developmental needs.


  • Not timed.
  • Estimated 35 – 45 minutes.


Administered online on any computer with internet connection. Consists of a number of statements and three alternative answers where candidate is required to select the most relevant answer to them


  • An overview of the candidate’s scores on 16 primary factors and 5 global factors;
  • An in-depth explanation and analysis describing the candidate’s:
      • Leadership style;
      • Interactions with others;
      • Decision making;
      • Initiative;
      • Personal adjustment.

Selecting Appropriate Testing Instruments

Allan Hall HR has access to a wide range of instruments that measure key dimensions, including the 16 PF Questionnaire. This not only covers personality and aptitude, but also specific skills and abilities.

We apply a tailored approach, with the recommended testing solution being dependent on how you will utilise the results and the specific outcomes you are looking to achieve. If you would like to find out more information about the 16 PF Questionnaire or if you are seeking support with identifying a suitable instrument to meet your needs, we can offer you a free consultation with one of our in-house testing experts or our organisational psychologist.


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