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What is NEO PI-R?

NEO PI-R is one is the best researched, most robust and informative personality measures. As one of the earliest personality psychometric models, NEO PI-R presents a holistic view of an individual’s personality and can be interpreted to gain insights into workplace behaviour.

What is the Five Factor Model of Personality?

The Five Factor Model of Personality outlines five dimensions that make up personality, each containing six facets also measured, and is a popular basis for other psychometric tools. These factors were considered consistent across populations and can be measured to profile an individual’s strengths and tendencies.

The five factors of personality are:


Neuroticism essentially examines how well an individual manages emotional stability, inner stress, and impulse control. Facets assessed are angry hostility, anxiety, self-consciousness, impulsiveness, depression and vulnerability. High scoring individuals are more likely to experience worry, guilt, envy and other emotions, however low scoring individuals are likely to be more stable and less reactive to stress.


Extraversion assesses how much an individual relies on stimulation from others, significant in considering group dynamics. High level extraversion individuals may be seen as domineering and attention seeking, while low level individuals are likely to be more reflective and quiet to the point of potentially being considered detached. Extraversion facets include assertiveness, gregariousness, excitement, warmth, positive emotions and activity seeking.

Openness to experience

Openness to experience describes an individual’s willingness to engage in novel experiences, such as traveling or leaving familiar environments. Those with high levels of openness are deemed more unpredictable, whereas those with low levels are likely to be close minded. Facets assessed within openness include aesthetics, feelings, fantasy, actions, values and ideas.


Instrumental to understanding interpersonal relationships, assessing agreeableness can predict how likely an individual is to cooperate and show compassion. It is tested on altruism, straightforwardness, trust, compliance, modesty and tender-mindedness. Individuals with high levels of agreeableness are amenable but risk being walked over, however those with low levels may be argumentative.


Regarded significant in recruitment, conscientiousness is how dependable an individual is, with facets including dutifulness, order, competence, achievement striving, deliberation and self-discipline. High levels of conscientiousness in an individual may manifest in being regimented and stubborn, and low-level individuals may be unreliable or absent minded.

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