What is a Behaviour Analysis Test?

Behavioural Analysis

If you’ve applied for any jobs online in the past few years, the chances are that you’ve already taken a Behavioural Analysis test before

Most commonly used to find the best candidate for a job role, we’re going to look at what Behavioural Analysis tests work, why they’re used and how you can implement them into your own company’s recruitment process.

What is a Behavioural Analysis Test?

In a nutshell, these tests analyse and measure behavioural responses to real-world work scenarios. The way in which a candidate responds to the questions is intended to highlight their individual skills, abilities and knowledge of the job role. The questions can be formatted in a number of ways, such as "Most Likely" & "Least Likely".

These factors give employers a clearer picture of the personality behind the answers and gives them an idea of how that potential employee will fit in with the existing workforce. After all, you can recruit the most skilled individual possible, but if cohesion with the rest of the time isn’t there, problems can arise.

Why are Behavioural Analysis Tests Important?

Especially since the Coronavirus Pandemic, the majority of large companies have migrated over to digital recruitment processes, as opposed to face-to-face interviews and the like. Of course, the length of the test and the depth of the questions will vary depending on the job and company. For example, some big-name supermarkets in the UK use notoriously difficult tests to hire candidates, based on a huge variety of customer-related scenarios.

On the other hand, some companies will only want to know the candidate’s job history and basic information. This is often the case with new businesses and/or those that offer in-depth, on-the-job training, such as customer service.

What do Behaviour Analysis Tests Measure?

As well as seeing if the candidate is skilled enough for the role they’re applying to, these tests also measure a range of other factors that are important to any workplace, including:


Assertive Disposition

Competitive Drive





Commu­nica­tion Skills

Conflict Management

Leadership Abilities

Service Orientation

Stress Tolerance


Personal Values

Gaining an insight into how a candidate tests in these key areas will give you a clearer view of how they could fit into your organisation and whether or not they’re right for the job role they’re applying to. Whether its an entry-level position or you're looking for a new middle manager, these tests can be a great resource for the vetting process.

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