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Ethos™ Behavioural Styles (E): Emotional Intelligence

Assess your candidates' propensity to understand emotions and interpersonal communication in around 15 minutes.

Key Benefits

  • grey information icon Measures key traits and behavioural dispositions
  • grey list icon 128 questions
  • grey clock icon Untimed. Typically takes around 15 minutes
  • grey anonymous profile icon Apprentices, graduates, professionals, managers, senior executives
  • grey 4 point zig-zag chart with trend going up icon Industry-leading computer adaptive questionnaire
  • grey man with arms outstretched and raised icon Reduce adverse impact
  • grey eye icon Supervised or unsupervised
  • grey spanner icon Customise to your role
  • grey briefcase icon Designed for all sectors
  • grey folder sharing icon High-stakes recruitment, personal development, coaching, talent analytics
  • grey 3-bars bar chart icon Designed with Positive Psychology Principles
  • grey laptop and phone icon PC, Mac, Desktop, Laptop, Tablet, Mobile

The emotional intelligence questionnaire is suitable for:

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Leadership positions

Emotional intelligence is essential to meaningful performance in managerial, supervisory, and leadership roles.


Without emotionally intelligent managers, the feelings, opinions, and reactions of staff will go unnoticed, and their potential will go under-utilised.

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Customer-focused roles

Customer facing roles require staff to make meaningful connections with customers, clients, and stakeholders.


This allows them to correctly identify the emotions and mood of customers, carefully manage conversations, and effectively manage their own emotional reactions.

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Caring roles

Emotional intelligence is essential in roles that require high levels of emotional care and compassion.


This helps prevent compassion fatigue, ensuring staff maintain high levels of sympathy, compassion, and understanding for those whom they care for.

Key features

  • Adaptive Algorithm
  • Fully Customisable
  • Secure
  • Norms & Benchmarks
  • Candidate Experience
  • Mobile Responsive
  • Fair & Inclusive
  • Professionally Validated

The Ethos Behavioural Styles Questionnaire (E): Emotional Intelligence

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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The Ethos Behavioural Styles Questionnaire (E) Traits

Below is the full list of all the traits measured by the The Ethos Behavioural Styles (E) Questionnaire: Optionally you can weight specific traits applicable to your role.


  • 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.

  • Cautiousness

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

  • Agency

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


  • Recognition

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

  • Identification

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

  • 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.

Social Awareness

  • Empathy

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

  • Compassion

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

  • 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

  • Team-work

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

  • Social Confidence

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

  • Positive Expression

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

  • Negative expression

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

Emotional Intelligence Broad Traits

  • Self-Management

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

  • Self-Awareness

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

  • Social Awareness

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

  • Relationship Management

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

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About Emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence is an aggregate psychological trait, which comprise a range of behavioural dispositions that influence a person's understanding of emotion. This allows people to empathise, understand, and navigate the complex interpersonal domain. This ensures that emotions are expressed, understood, and utilised both effectively and appropriately.

The Ethos Behavioural Styles series of Questionnaires

The Ethos behavioural Styles series of questionnaires have been designed to measure key behavioural traits which underpin performance, well-being, and engagement in the workplace. These assessments have been designed with positive psychology principles in mind, measuring the traits which help people to thrive and gain fulfilment from their work. This is somewhat distinct from the traditional personality questionnaire approach, which takes a more clinical and impartial view of candidates, performance, and behavioural fit.


Commonly asked questions.

  • How much does it cost?

    We charge on a per-candidate basis, not on a per-assessment basis. Please visit our pricing page for more information.

  • When should I use a personality questionnaire?

    Any stage of selection. Personality questionnaires can form part of your initial sift or, more commonly, they are one element of a process you have for shortlisted candidates. For example in senior roles it is common to ask shortlisted candidates to complete the questionnaire remotely and then come in for a structured interview.

  • What level are these tests designed for?

    This is one of the advantages of our adaptive test technology; this questionnaire is suitable for all levels. However, the TPAQ-45 is best suited to high stakes recruitment and the TPAQ-27 is best suited to early stage sifting.

  • How do you protect candidate data?

    We're glad you asked! This is something Test Partnership are quite passionate about and we have implemented privacy by design principles throughout our organisation. We have a whole host of safeguards including: access control; encryption; firewalls; retention policies; and anonymisation. To see all the steps we take please see our GDPR page.

Candidate tips

Personality questionnaires are designed to assess your general character and predict how you are likely to behave in the workplace. There are no right or wrong answers in a personality questionnaire and high scores do not necessarily mean better scores. This is the key difference with other psychometric tests or exams, such as aptitude tests, that you may have taken before.

The scale responses (i.e. Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree) will appear next to the questions, so you can check your responses and make sure you haven't made a silly mistake.

Always be as honest as possible during a personality assessment. Don't try to provide the responses that you think the employer will want to see, as you might not know exactly what they are looking for.

Make sure you read all of the questions properly. You can take time to reflect on them if you wish, but generally speaking your gut response will usually be most accurate.

Check you have everything you might need: an environment where you can concentrate properly, and your glasses etc. Personality questionnaires are untimed, so you can take as long as you need to complete them. If you lose internet connection during the test, don't worry, simply log back in and continue from where you were.


Cross-platform compatibility and robust digital infrastructure ensure full, secure assessment delivery to every candidate.

Maximum compatibility and maximum candidate engagement with minimum drop-out rates.

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How Pricing works

Test Partnership offers two pricing options: 1) pay-as-you-go, or 2) unlimited use subscriptions. On our pay-as-you-go pricing, candidates can complete any combination of assessments for the same cost, as we charge on a per-candidate basis not a per-assessment basis. On our unlimited usage subscriptions, you can test an unlimited number of candidates, using any combination of assessments for a fixed monthly or annual cost.

You can see a full list of our prices on our pricing page.

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