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Strengths Based Assessments

Powerful strengths-based assessment which identifies your candidate's key character strengths.

  • Untimed
  • 161 questions
  • Fair and valid science
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Ethos™ Behavioural Styles (S): Strengths

Discover each candidate's key character strengths.

  • Untimed (≈15 mins)
  • 161 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

Strengths are the underlying behavioural characteristics which allow us to thrive in the correct environment. Strengths cover a wide range of different behavioural traits, and each person exhibits a different combination of integral strengths.

When recruiting for strengths, you ensure that staff hold the key behavioural indicators which underpin performance, well-being, and employee satisfaction in the workplace.

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

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Strengths assessments for every role and every level

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

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

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Boost candidate experience

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.

Predict real-world performance

Research, including large meta studies, has repeatedly shown that cognitive ability is the strongest predictor of workplace performance (Scmidt, Hunter, et al). To find the best employees you need to assess for cognitive ability, and Test Partnership assessments accurately measure cognitive ability at every level. Cognitive ability correlates with job performance better than any other indicator including interviews, past experience, and assessment centres. By using our ability tests, you can confidently identify the best candidates and predict future success.

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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 (S) Traits

Here is the full list of all the character strengths measured by the The Ethos Behavioural Styles (S) Questionnaire:

Optionally, with our test you can also weight specific traits according to the role you're hiring for.


Caution - An individual’s propensity to weigh up options, make decisions carefully, and avoid impulsivity.

Creativity - An individual’s proclivity towards solutions that are new, unusual, unorthodox, and generally outside the box.

Curiosity - An individual’s propensity to seek new knowledge, expand understanding, and investigate new topics.

Perspective - An individual’s propensity to take a broad view of the world, focus on the big-picture, and prioritise the important things in life.


Energetic - An individual's likelihood to remain highly active, keep busy and live their life at a fast pace.

Honesty - An individual’s propensity towards truthful, direct, and straightforward interpersonal communication.

Perseverance - An individual’s likelihood of maintaining a high degree of effort in the face of obstacles and difficulties.

Resolve - An individual’s likelihood of displaying a fearless attitude towards problems, obstacles, and challenges.


Consideration - An individual’s likelihood of showing high levels of altruism, kindness, and positive regard towards others.

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

Warmth - An individual’s propensity to readily display positive emotional affinity towards other people.


Equity - An individual’s personal belief in fairness, equality, and sharing valuable opportunities with other people.

Influence - An individual’s propensity towards taking on responsibility and providing positive influence for other people.

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


Forgiving - An individual’s propensity to readily let go of interpersonal disputes and to avoid holding grudges.

Modesty - An individual’s likelihood of showing humility, rather than pride or arrogance during social interaction.

Prudence - An individual’s propensity to show careful and considered decision making, while avoiding unnecessary risks.

Self-control - An individual’s propensity to control their own behaviour, stick to their plans, and follow through with their actions.


Appreciative - An individual’s propensity to feel grateful and thankful, rather than resentful or envious of others.

Artistic - An individual’s appreciation of and interest in, aesthetics, beauty, and artistic or cultural pursuits.

Humour - An individual’s likelihood of displaying, valuing, and enjoying good humour, often using humour to cheer up others.

Optimism - An individual’s propensity to remain hopeful, feel confident about the future, and remain in good cheer.

Strengths-based assessment FAQs

What are strengths?

Strengths are behavioural characteristics, which differ from personality traits in the traditional sense. Character strengths are the traits which allow people to thrive in the correct environment, whereas personality traits are simply descriptors of observed behaviour. This allows you to focus on what the candidate finds motivating and ensure those motivators are in line with the role, the organisation, and the environment.

How accurate are strengths-based assessments?

Strengths-based assessments offer a reliable means to uncover individuals' strengths and positive attributes. The accuracy of these insights hinges on the assessment's robustness and an individual's candid responses. While they provide valuable insights, they are most effective when used in tandem with other assessments for a well-rounded understanding of one's strengths.

Why use strengths-based assessments in the hiring process?

Incorporating strengths-based assessments into your recruitment process helps identify candidates' unique abilities and potential contributions to your organisation. It enhances candidate evaluation, promotes better job-person fit, and streamlines hiring decisions, ultimately leading to more successful placements.

What kind of feedback or results can I expect to receive?

You can expect to receive comprehensive reports detailing each candidate's key strengths, skills, and attributes. These reports provide valuable insights into their potential fit for the role, enabling you to make more informed hiring decisions.

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