16PF®

Inspiring insight into the whole person

The 16PF questionnaire (16 Personality Factors) is a highly effective tool that reveals potential, confirms suitability and helps identify development needs. Unlike many personality assessments designed for use in business, the 16PF establishes a fully rounded picture of the whole individual.

The 16PF assessment: a vital roadmap for decision-makers

16pfThe 16PF assessment gives a complete picture by measuring personality in both the professional and personal spheres. Its accurate predictions of behaviour and potential provide businesses with an enlightened confidence that steers staff selection and individual development. This unique depth and breadth of insight, along with more than 60 years of research and application, has earned the 16PF international renown and respect.

Applications of the 16PF 
16PF key features

  • Helps reduce risk when recruiting, developing key players or making major development investments
  • Reveals 16 personality characteristics structured around the ‘Big Five’ widely accepted global factors of personality
  • Inspires confidence: over 2,700 published research articles support the 16PF’s validity
  • Delivers objective, empirical measurement of personality traits that are known to accurately predict behaviour
  • Offers a range of comprehensive reports
  • Powers OPP’s bespoke job analysis and reporting service, enabling tailoring of outputs to your specific business needs 
  • Provides quick, convenient administration via online OPPassessment
  • Communicates to a wide audience – available in over 20 languages, each individually researched and validated

How do I buy the 16PF?

In order to maintain rigorous standards of quality in the field of personality assessment, access to the 16PF questionnaire and associated products is restricted to qualified 16PF practitioners. This means that in order to use and buy the 16PF tool, you must attend our 16PF Qualifying Programme. However, if you hold a masters degree in occupational psychology, you may be eligible for our open-access policy.

Sirius is an online platform that uses 16PF insights to help recruiters compare and select candidates based on the competencies required for a specific job. Sirius requires no special training, HR experience or qualifications to use. It provides four standard non-customisable reports for each candidate to support shortlisting, interviews, feedback and onboarding.

The Big Five model of personality

The 16PF assessment is based on the ‘Big Five’ model of personality. Developed by Raymond Cattell, it identifies five broad dimensions of personality – a widely accepted model that has influenced the development of many other trait-based assessments. Beneath these five global factors are the 16 primary factors, providing the detail necessary to predict behaviour and performance. With its strong research foundation, Cattell’s 16PF questionnaire provides practitioners with the confidence and credibility to make important people decisions.

Applications

  • Coaching
  • Leadership development
  • Talent identification
  • Team development
  • Career development

16PF - 16 Personality Factors

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Qualify to use this tool: discover 16PF training

Do you hold a Master's in psychology? You may be eligible for our open access policy

Find out more: download the 16PF datasheet

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16PF® Profile Report

16PF® Profile Report

This high-level 16PF report provides practitioners with the fundamental elements of a respondent’s 16PF information for independent interpretation. Along with the practitioner’s judgement, the Profile Report provides comprehensive information about an individual's whole personality, to help you feel confident of recruiting the right person for the job.

16PF Profile Report
16pf profile report

16PF® Interpretive Report

16PF® Interpretive Report

This report provides a thorough explanation of a person’s results on the 16PF personality factors, and makes predictions about related interpersonal, vocational and behavioural patterns, providing a solid basis for 16PF feedback discussions.

16PF Interpretive Report
Practitioner's guide to 16PF results

16PF® Practitioner Report

16PF® Practitioner Report

Designed for organisational use, the 16PF Practitioner Report offers our most comprehensive 16PF insights, and includes three reports in one, each for a different audience: the qualified 16PF practitioner, the candidate and the manager.

16PF Practitioner Report
16PF practitioner report

16PF® Profile and Manager Feedback Report

16PF® Profile and Manager Feedback Report

Perfect for supporting managers and other untrained audiences wanting to find out more about aspects of their direct report’s personality and how this might impact on job role, this accessibly written report provides an overview of the results for the trained 16PF practitioner, as well as presenting key findings written and interpreted for those unfamiliar with the 16PF.

16PF Profile and Manager Feedback Report
16PF Profile and Manager Feedback Report

16PF® Management Potential Report

16PF® Management Potential Report

This report provides key insights for 16PF qualified practitioners about a respondent’s management potential, describing personal strengths and identifying areas for growth and development.

16PF Management Potential Report
16PF management potential report

16PF® Career Development Report

16PF® Career Development Report

This report is an ideal resource for in-depth discussions around career development. Matching a person’s 16PF results to general professional areas as well as specific suggested occupations, it provides the detail needed for the respondent to think about their career options and motivations in a highly action-oriented way. It is also ideal for facilitating discussion with individuals about how their personal strengths can lead to career success.

16PF Career Development Report
16PF Career Development Report

16PF® Competency Report

16PF® Competency Report

The 16PF Competency Report provides you with information about a respondent's likely fit on a range of competencies identified as being critical for success in a role, and helps you to make consistently better selection decisions.

16PF Competency Report
16PF Competency Report

16PF® Career Success Report

16PF® Career Success Report

This report has been specifically developed to be used in the UK Higher Education sector. It uses unique personality information to shed light on possible career exploration, focusing on strengths, interests and potential areas for growth and development. Whether choosing a college course or embarking on a first job search, this self-knowledge can help students make informed decisions about their next steps.

The report is ideal for educational institutions looking to support students in making career and course decisions. No formal training or qualification is required to administer the report.

16PF Career Success Report
16PF Career Success Report