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Pre-Offer Personality Test Information Database

The Pre-Offer Personality Test Information Database was developed in conjunction with the POST Pre-Offer Personality Testing in the Selection of Entry-Level California Peace Officers: Resource Guide (pdf) and is designed to provide test-specific information to those agencies that may wish to consider pre-offer personality testing as part of their overall hiring process.

Information in the Database is provided by test publishers, who have confirmed that their tests are suitable for use prior to a conditional job offer, are supported by empirical evidence of job-relatedness, and measure the types of personality attributes that are found to be important for law enforcement performance as described in the Resource Guide. In addition to providing individual test information, the Database allows for comparisons across tests on practical considerations (e.g., test costs, test taking options), competencies measured, and scoring procedures.

Currently, the Database contains information on nine tests: 16PF Protective Services Report, California Psychological Inventory (CPI), Employee Reliability Inventory (ERI), HBI-R, Hogan Development Survey (HDS), Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI), MPULSE Inventory, Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ), and Work Personality Index (WPI).  The Database is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all tests that may be appropriate for pre-offer personality testing.  Additionally, POST does not independently verify or evaluate the information provided by the test publishers.  Test publisher contact information allows prospective users to make specific inquiries directly to the test publishers.

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