The 16PF® Instrument

The 16PF personality questionnaire measures a set of 16 traits that describe and predict a person's behaviour in a variety of contexts. Interpreted by a qualified practitioner, it aims to provide comprehensive information about an individual's whole personality, revealing potential, confirming capacity to sustain performance in a larger role and helping identify development needs.

The depth and breadth of insight the 16PF can give you is especially useful for reducing the risk in recruitment and selection decisions, and for major development investments, at all levels. This really rounded view of individuals allows managers to select, develop and motivate people based on a 'full picture'.

As an empirically based tool, the 16PF helps you to remove the subjectivity inherent in the interview or assessment process so that your selection policy is fair, and so that you get the person you really need. In development contexts, the 16PF helps individuals achieve personal insight into their own strengths, potential and career fit – now and in the future.

With over 50 years of research and application behind it, the 16PF has become internationally well known and respected, with over 20 different translated versions. This strong research foundation provides practitioners with confidence when using the tool with different audiences.

The 16PF can be used in a wide variety of contexts, and at many different levels. Specifically:


  • Executive coaching
  • Line manager coaching
  • Leadership development
  • Development planning
  • Succession planning
  • Outplacement
  • Career transition and planning
  • Career guidance


  • Recruitment
  • Executive selection
  • Assessment for potential

16PF® Career Development Report

This report is an ideal resource for in-depth discussions around career development. It provides the detail needed for the respondent to think about their career options and motivations in a highly constructive way. It is also ideal for facilitating discussion with individuals about how their personal strengths can lead to career success.

The report includes:

  • A narrative interpretation of personality information that emphasises personal strengths
  • A sharable feedback section organised around five key themes:
    • problem-solving resources
    • patterns for coping with stressful conditions
    • interpersonal interaction styles
    • organisational role and work-setting preferences
    • career activity interests
  • A section for respondents that offers them the opportunity to review their results and provides help in planning the next steps
  • For practitioners only:
    • Scores on the 16 Primary Factor scales and the five Global Factor scales
    • Predicted leadership/subordinate role patterns
    • Predicted career interest scores for seven broad areas of interest (influencing, organising, creating, helping, analysing, producing and venturing)
    • Occupational interest scores

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