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March 12, 2021

Mo Kalby

Using your Wonderlic Candidate Report

Using your Wonderlic Candidate Report
Mo Kalby

We know how it is – you’ve just taken a long assessment for an exciting job opportunity and there’s just one thing on your mind, “How did I do?!” Well, while some assessments give you no real indication of your performance, we think that curiosity is only natural. So, the Wonderlic candidate report you received after completing a assessment is meant to tell you everything we can about what your assessment responses say about you.

Haven’t taken the Wonderlic test yet? Visit our Candidate’s Guide to Wonderlic Select webpage for more information.

Your report outlines all the different pieces of the natural tendencies, personal drivers, and problem-solving ability that we gathered about you during your time completing our assessment, and we think it’s only fair for you to see what we learned. It’s important to note that none of these characteristics we discuss are “good” or “bad” or even “right” or “wrong,” but they give us insight into things like how you might work with other team members and whether or not you’d like to be a leader. Knowing these things about you helps us to know if you’d enjoy certain jobs/tasks or if specific jobs are a good match with your tendencies and preferences. These pieces of information are as accurate as the responses you provided during your assessment and tested by over 80 years of science.

Your Wonderlic candidate report is divided into three pages that give different levels of information about our findings.

Click on any section title for more info on that specific page

  1. Overview – describing the most notable information gathered from your assessment responses
  2. Know & Grow – diving very deeply into each element we measured, what it means for you, and how you can apply that characteristic in the real-world
  3. In Action – to answer some commonly discussed factors of working at any company

Your Wonderlic candidate report is a “big picture” view of you – regardless of the job you’re applying for. We think this knowledge is important for your career and growth opportunities. It can help you understand how your personality traits can impact your behaviors and interactions with others. Your personality will always lend itself to some innate tendencies, and knowing those tendencies can give you the tools to become a more well-rounded professional in any setting.

At Wonderlic, we believe everyone deserves a job that they find fulfilling, so we share as much information as we can with you to give you the insights you need to optimize your career. We hope you get the job and it’s the one that best-suits you. And we hope that the Wonderlic candidate report helps you to make the most of it!

Get to know your Wonderlic candidate report- The Overview

The Overview page of your report is fairly straight-forward. It simply lays out some quick, important information that we learned about you during the time you spent taking our assessment. If you take nothing else away from what we provide in this report, these are the elements to keep in mind and consider when thinking about your career.

Use this page to see your top Natural Tendency (shown to the far left), most powerful Personal Driver (middle), and Problem-Solving style (far right). Look at the colored bubbles we display to see different ways of describing the characteristics. Finally, take into account how that trait manifests in everyday life as well as in the workplace.

The Know & Grow page that follows it provides further detail on the information given in this page.

Using the Know and Grow Section

The Know & Grow page of your Wonderlic candidate report gives you all the information we have gathered about the majority of your time answering questions and breaks-down information about your Natural Tendencies and Personal Drivers – both important pieces that you should consider when seeking a career (and that employers will consider when thinking about how you fit in a specific role, team, and organization). It lays out (in a ranked order) how some of your characteristics and preferences translate to behaviors, what that means in a work setting, and how you can use this information to your advantage.

The bar charts rank and measure your tendencies and preferences against each other roughly, and the cards provide valuable and actionable information about each of these elements that you can apply to your everyday life.

Natural Tendencies

We measured 5 common tendencies used for employment selection and general life and show them to you in this section. Importantly, there are no judgement statements intended when describing your tendencies as there are no “good” or “bad” tendencies that we are searching for. Really, you can use this information to understand how you are in your “natural” state. You may find that you’re highly spontaneous, like to do things in untested ways, and share your thoughts without a filter – and that’s okay! The important thing is to know that these are parts of your personality and that you can find opportunities that maximize your personality in a work setting. You can see possible growth opportunities within each tendency’s “card” for strategies on how you can balance your tendencies, especially when you interact with individuals of a different tendency than yourself.

Personal Drivers

We asked for your preferences regarding 6 common drivers in the workforce and display your relative interest in each within this section. Importantly, these are not the only drivers that are available, but they are the most common relating to work. Use this section to get an idea of what interests you the most about different types of work and the activities associated with that preference. This is another place where there is no right or wrong – just preference, and you should consider this the way that you might consider ice-cream flavors. Just because one flavor isn’t your favorite doesn’t mean you won’t still like it! Consider the jobs and careers that will interest you the most given your drivers.

Of the drivers that interest you the most, we give you a few examples of jobs and career paths related to that interest. Some of those jobs require a lot of outside education, training, or specialized skills while some do not, but we wanted to make sure you could see the variety of options related to any given driver. It is possible that you are interested in all the drivers that we asked you about or very few, but knowing your interests and preferences can help you to take a career you’ll find satisfying for a long time.

The In-Action Section

The In Action page of your Wonderlic candidate report is where you can find some information about those “KSAs” (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) that many employers, career advisers, and recruiters identify as being important for employability. Now, we did not assess any of your soft skills, but we did learn something about your natural “leanings.” You answered questions about factors that indicate what you tend to be most comfortable with and happy about. So here is where you can gain insight about your preferences and orientations to help you make decisions about what kinds of work settings and responsibilities best align with you.

Use this page to determine what problem-solving style best aligns with how you learn and approach new information, how much you prefer working alone or in a team setting, and whether or not you are interested in leading others. Each of these pieces of information is helpful in knowing what kind of career path, work environment, and job responsibilities could make you happiest.

Haven’t taken the Wonderlic test yet? Visit our Candidate’s Guide to Wonderlic Select webpage for more information.

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