Personal Characteristics Inventory® (PCI®)

Measure the big five personality factors that impact job success.

This big five test is based on the Five-Factor Model of personality.

These big five personality test dimensions cover almost all possible variations of a person’s workplace personality.

Areas evaluated by this big five personality test include:

  • Agreeableness
  • Extraversion
  • Conscientiousness
  • Stability
  • Openness

Organizations that measure personality traits with a big five test as part of their hiring process are better able to understand how a candidate’s personality can impact job satisfaction and performance. This understanding helps reduce recruitment costs and turnover. The PCI may be used for hiring and employee development purposes.

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Job-specific scoring ranges

900 job profiles are available in our comprehensive Job Index Engine. Custom job profiles can be created by our team of Industrial/Organizational professional.

Two Administration Methods Available

Online administration, scoring and reporting: Remote or on-site from any computer with Internet connectivity, individual and group administration and results are available in minutes. Paper and pencil administration: Fax-back or template scoring, includes step-by-step administration guide and individual or group administration.

Intuitive results report

Easy to interpret 10-page report. Our simple, three-color system—Green, Yellow and Red—indicates candidate suitability compared to the ideal scoring ranges for that position. Graphs and written descriptions provide details on candidate characteristics that could contribute to or interfere with job performance.

Simple Candidate Record Management

Sort and filter tools enable you to quickly rank, order and prioritize candidates based on scores. Candidate progression through your hiring process can be easily tracked.


  • Improve employee productivity and satisfaction by matching a candidate’s combination of personality traits to job fit

  • Helps identify candidates most suitable for a specific job

  • Supports decreases in employee turnover

  • Evaluate current employees for developmental purposes

Client Stories

I’ve seen the Wonderlic tests work for twenty years, which is why I believe in them.
— Kari Viglasky President of CEO International
Wonderlic prevented us from making another hiring mistake...
— Christi Bechtold Co-Owner of ABCGC
About seven years ago I was experiencing 70% turnover. Now we are down to less than 30% turnover...
— Cassy Timken, CVPM, CCRA Practice Administrator
We had more than 750 candidates for these positions and hired the four in just five calendar weeks. How does that rate for speed?
— Chris Turner CTI General Manager
We came to Wonderlic for the test but we stayed for the customer service.
— Todd Gladden Training and Project Manager for Linvatec
Since we’ve been using the Wonderlic Personal Characteristics Inventory, I see people who treat each guest like the first guest of the day.
— Kathie Nirschl Vice President of Human Resources
Turnover...has dramatically decreased by a third every year since we implemented the assessment...
— Tess Thomas Human Resources & Credentialing Director for Biotronics personal opinion is that Wonderlic offers the most in-depth solutions.
— Joe Koval CEO of Future Focus
Hiring the wrong person is more costly to the company than we can measure,” she says. “Wonderlic has allowed us to really pinpoint the person who is our best fit.
— Sara Laures Vice President of VGM Education
The sky is the limit and without Wonderlic none of this could have happened.
— David McKenna President of Good Tidings Plumbing, Heating and Cooling
I am always looking for ways to improve what we do. If you have a limited amount of time and money to invest in people, you want to invest it where you have the best odds of success. So I invest in Wonderlic assessments.
— Bill Gibbens Managing Partner
We can identify an aptitude for skill development and opportunity for growth.
“It’s part of how we do recruiting now. We don’t want to do anything without seeing Wonderlic results first.
— Jim Keane Manufacturing Recruiting Manager for American Woodmark
Wonderlic assessments have saved us energy and time in our hiring process, making it easy to hire quality talent more quickly.
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