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Emotional Intelligence Test

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Ethos™ Behavioural Styles (E): Emotional Intelligence

Assess your candidates' propensity to understand emotions and interpersonal communication.

  • Untimed (≈15 mins)
  • 128 quick questions
  • All levels covered: apprentice to CEO
  • PC, Mac, Laptop, Tablet, Mobile
  • Automatic cheat-protection systems
  • Accessible and unbiased by design
  • Predicts workplace performance
  • CSV upload and ATS integration
  • Use your logo and branding

Emotional intelligence is the behavioural propensity to understand, appreciate, and manage emotions and interpersonal communication.

Emotional intelligence is particularly important in roles where staff take significant responsibility for other people. Without emotional intelligence, people have difficulty managing relationships, emotions, and their own behaviour, especially during periods of stress or pressure.

The emotional intelligence questionnaire employs modern item response theory (IRT) psychometric modelling, the latest research findings in the field of behavioural assessment. It is designed to accurately measure the traits which underpin emotional intelligence, both fairly and accurately, all while providing an exceptional candidate experience.

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EQ test for every role and every level

Objectively measure candidates' emotional intelligence across all levels including apprentice, graduate, managers, and CEO.

You can be confident in the results knowing our emotional intelligence assessment automatically adapts to each candidate's responses, which means every candidate gets a great, personalised, assessment experience.

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Showcase your brand by adding your colours and your logo to our assessments.

You can build assessments tailored to your role by choosing from our library of pre-built valid assessments. Choose from our pre-built norm-groups to easily rank and compare your candidates' scores.

Assessments led by science

Proven and trusted online assessments to quickly identify potential. All our assessments use robust science backed up by research and development according to EFPA standards.

Developed by experts

Our qualified in-house business psychologists have been developing psychometric tests for over 10 years. They push for innovation and are regular lecturers at Birkbeck, University of London. Our psychologists have developed advanced expertise in the latest psychometric methods including item response theory including the Rash model. Our expertise means we are often used by other psychometric test publishers to help them build or improve their psychometric assessments. By working with Test Partnership you get industry-recognised expertise from qualified business psychologists.

Industry-leading accuracy

Our psychologists use the latest psychometric test models including item response theory (IRT) to ensure accurate test scores. Our assessments have industry-leading reliability and validity properties, so you can have confidence in the outcomes. The results you get from our assessments have been demonstrated through research to be highly accurate which means you get actionable insights into your candidates' performance. By working with Test Partnership you get confidence in your data.

Reduce bias

All our assessments have robust evidence to prove they do not adversely affect protected groups. Our test development process includes trialling our questions on tens of thousands of participants from mixed backgrounds, and our research shows 'Cohens d' effect sizes better than industry best-practice. You can use our assessments safe in the knowledge that they are fair and inclusive.

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Reduce bias

All our tests exceed current psychometric standards and have been shown to be fair and unbiased towards protected groups.

Performance data

Calibrated by tens of thousands of results correlated with job performance predictors.

Cheat protection

Rigorous protection against candidate cheating including: item banking; digital copy protection; and atypical behaviour detection.

Candidate experience

Modern user interface and graphics library for easy administration, shorter test times, and adaptive tests to enhance candidate experience.


Our tests and platform are fully compatible across PC, Mac, tablet, and smartphone, so everyone has access even on-the-go.

The Ethos Behavioural Styles Questionnaire (E) Traits

Below is the full list of all the traits measured by The Ethos Behavioural Styles (E) Questionnaire.

It's also easy to customise or weight specific traits according to your role.

The following scales are reported:

Agency - An individual’s belief in their own abilities, skills, competencies, and their overall sense of control in life.

Cautiousness - An individual’s propensity to avoid impulsive decision-making in favour of thorough and careful consideration.

Resilience - An individual’s propensity towards handling, overcoming, and working through stress and periods of high pressure.

Self-Control - An individual’s likelihood of consciously regulating their behaviour, independent of their emotional state.

The following scales are reported:

Contextualisation - An individual’s understanding of how their emotions typically affect their behaviour and actions.

Decision-Making - An individual’s propensity to account for their emotional state when making important decisions.

Identification - An individual’s likelihood of correctly identifying the emotion(s) that they are feeling at any given moment.

Recognition - An individual’s propensity to recognise when their mood, emotional state, or sense of well-being begins to change.

Social Awareness
The following scales are reported:

Compassion - An individual’s propensity towards sympathy, resulting in a strong desire to help others when possible.

Empathy - An individual’s capacity for emotional understanding, allowing them to feel the emotions of other people.

Socially Comfortable - An individual’s propensity to feel comfortable and at ease in social settings, especially when around new people.

Social Tact - An individual’s capacity for careful, deliberate, and effective interpersonal communication.

Relationship Management
The following scales are reported:

Negative Expression - An individual's healthy expression of negative emotion, attending to negative feelings and not suppressing them.

Positive Expression - An individual's awareness and recognition of positive emotion, feeling able to express this to others.

Social Confidence - An individual’s propensity to feel confident and assertive during goal directed interpersonal communication.

Teamwork - An individual’s propensity to seek, enjoy, and operate effectively within a team or functional social group.

Emotional Intelligence Broad Traits
The following scales are reported:

Relationship Management - A person’s propensity to engage in effective and meaningful social interaction.

Self-Awareness - A person’s propensity to understand, recognise, identify, and properly account for their own emotions.

Self-Management - A person’s behavioural propensity towards proactive control of their emotions, mood, and resulting behaviours.

Social Awareness - A person’s propensity to understand, recognise, and relate to, the emotions of other people.


We regularly create custom personality questionnaires for clients based on their specific frameworks. Our expert business psychologists can help you quickly create a questionnaire that measures exactly what you need.

Emotional intelligence FAQs

What is emotional intelligence?

Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognise, understand, manage, and effectively use one's own emotions and the emotions of others to navigate social interactions and make informed decisions.

What are the four basic skills of emotional intelligence?

The four basic skills of emotional intelligence are self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.

  • Self-awareness: Recognising and understanding your own emotions and their impact on your behaviour and decisions.
  • Self-management: Effectively regulating and controlling your emotions, enabling you to adapt to various situations and maintain composure.
  • Social awareness: Perceiving and empathising with the emotions of others, fostering better communication and relationships.
  • Relationship management: Using emotional understanding to navigate and enhance interactions with others, resolving conflicts and building strong connections.
Why test emotional intelligence in the hiring process?

Testing emotional intelligence in the hiring process helps identify candidates with strong interpersonal skills, self-awareness, and the ability to work well with others. It can predict a candidate's potential for success in team environments and positions that require empathy, effective communication, and leadership, ultimately leading to better workplace performance and harmony.

What is a strong EQ?

A strong EQ, or emotional intelligence, refers to a high level of competence in recognising, understanding, managing, and using one's own emotions and the emotions of others effectively.

Our emotional intelligence test will make it very easy to assess which candidates have the highest EQ

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