"How do I prepare for a psychological assessment?"
Monday, July 6, 2015
By Trudy Bourgeois
I'm being considered
for a promotion to vice president and will participate in an all-day psychological
assessment. How should I prepare?
The most important
thing to do is answer as honestly as possible. Don't try and give answers that
you think they want. Rather, filter your responses based on your values and
You might consider
spending some time reflecting on the top 10 defining moments of your life. This
is a simple, but powerful, way to remind yourself why you make the choices that
you make in life. If you take this step, your confidence will jump through the
This assessment is
just one data point, probably designed to see how you react under pressure and
deal with conflict. There will probably be a post-assessment interview. During
that discussion, you can offer a deeper understanding of your worldview. The
most important thing you can do is know what challenges the organization faces
and how your value will help them successfully address these challenges.
One last thought: Vice presidents are responsible for
driving better business results. I suggest a future-centric, people-centric and
Remember there is only one word that helps with confidence.
That word is "preparation." Good luck!
Trudy Bourgeois is founder and CEO of The Center for
Workforce Excellence and NEW Executive
Leaders Forum conference designer. She is happy to
answer your career questions. Please email them to NEW Communications and
Engagement Manager Barbara
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