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OPQ stands for Occupational Personality Questionnare, this is a trait profiling tool which tells you about individual traits or characteristics rather than putting you into a box or giving you a type.

There are 32 personal traits measured in the OPQ (hence the name) which gives us an indication of how people like to work.  We can then sort these personality traits into competencies, mapped directly from the the OPQ.

Here at Totem, we’ve developed a standardised set of competencies based on many years of work developing, training and deploying similar measures across hundreds of different businesses across the globe.

When recruiting for a role, you will have to decide which competencies most reflect the desired behaviours you want from an employee performing that role. For example, if you are looking to recruit for a customer-facing management role, you might prioritise the competencies Analysis, Organising Work, Supervising and Influencing.

You would probably include a few more depending on the depth of the job description you have to hand! Click on the image to take a look at our standardised competency report and don’t forget – we can tailor all of this to your organisation’s brand, language, culture and competency framework.


The first page is an executive summary of a candidate’s responses against our standardised competencies. It gives a snapshot of an individual’s fit to the criteria you want to assess them against.

The subsequent pages are a detailed breakdown of a candidate’s fit against each competency, suggesting likely behaviours you will see from the person and how they might approach their work.

Remember there are no right or wrong answers when completing the OPQ, it is a tool designed to reflect an individual’s natural working style, so that you can judge how well that might suit your business and the role you need them to do.

The OPQ should always be used as an aid to a broader recruitment process and it adds particular value when used to speed up and sharpen the focus of costly interviews.

Find out more from CEB themselves here.