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Sales Test

Through our surveys we've identified the basic characteristics of the best sellers. The Sales Test can be tailored to different industries and corporate cultures. It can also be supplemented with our popular free text questions.

Here it is not the work itself that motivates, but rather the external reward you get from the work, such as for example high income and status

Status motivation measures how hard the individual is willing to work to reach established goals. It measures his or her external motivation. Here, mainly external reward factors create the conditions for the person´s performance. These external reward factors and status symbols are important for the person´s willingness to perform well. Especially in certain fields, this can be an extremely strong driving force; to be able to make large amounts of money, to be able to afford expensive cars or jewelry etc. Then it doesn´t matter that much if the work is monotonous or repetitive. In this case the individual isn´t driven by creating a better world, saving the world for future generations or protecting endangered animals etc. It´s not a question for them if the work itself is a sufficient source of motivation. Instead it´s their own material gains that are the strongest driving force, to be able to show status through apparent material advantages. In certain fields this is a deciding factor for predicting the individual´s or group´s performance and to fit into their corporate culture.

Status motivation

How hard you are willing to work and perform, regardless of the reward you receive

Work motivation determines how hard one is willing to work in order to reach a desired goal. It measures the individual´s internal motivation, the inner drive to succeed and perform well. If a person is genuinely engaged in his or her work, that person will usually perform well.

Even if there are exceptions, this factor is an expression of the will or ambition to present results – regardless of what type of profession or the reward they receive. Generally, this is an important factor for predicting the performance of the individual or the group. One could say that this factor reflects the individual´s ”competitive instincts”.

Work motivation

This is about how much the individual believe in himself and his own ability

Self-confidence is about individuals´ basic belief in themselves and their ability. They readily take on new tasks and challenges. People with high self-confidence often have a strong personality and can sometimes be considered as self-aware, or even self-righteous. In a positive sense they are very conscious of their ability and what they can deliver. In a social context they are secure and ”take their place” in a natural way. In a negative sense the person can be considered to be overly self-sufficient. This can lead to the person acting insensitively towards coworkers or colleagues.


This is about if you think that both successes and failures depend on you,or if they depend on external factors that you can not influence

Self-responsibility describes in which way people take responsibility for – and view – their successes and failures. Most of us regard success as being attributed to ourselves, while obstacles and failures are attributed to something one is more or less affected by; for example bad decisions from a boss or coworker, weak economy or the wrong business sector. 

Commonly one will consider that the consequences of one´s decisions and actions are outside of one´s own control. 

Contrarily, some people see that their own efforts can make a difference. These individuals consider that they can actually make an effect through their behavior and actions, even if events or situations are outside of their own control. They take responsibility, anyway, for trying or solving their problem. In English this factor is referred to as ”locus of control”.


How tolerant you are for criticism, failure and stress in the job

Stress tolerance is about the individual´s ability to handle obstacles or failure. This factor describes how they themselves think they are able to handle obstacles, without being burdened by criticism or failure. This is an important factor for success in many professions. For example, it can be a deciding factor for success at the management level or among salesmen, who often meet opposition or objections.

Even a skilled salesman always gets more ”no´s” than ”yes´s” in sales. Similarly, executives are also forced to argue for their idea in various situations. At the same time, there is a risk that people with a much too high score on this factor will be considered insensitive. In certain cases they can even be considered as some sort of ”steamroller” among employees or relatives.

Stress tolerance

How you handle stress and uncertainty, while maintaining a calm and stable mood

Emotionally stable people tend to be well-adjusted and generally function well in society. Conversely, people with different types of personal problems will also be more emotionally instable and often have difficulty adapting. Perhaps they´re depressed, nervous or anxious. These people often have a low scores on this factor. The correlation has been shown through several different research projects over the years.

People with a high score are emotionally stable. They are usually temperate, relaxed in social surroundings and don´t get easily upset or worried in social situations. This is obviously a factor for success in most professions, especially at the strategic level. The greater risk there is for insecurity and pressured situations at work, the more important it is to be emotionally stable.

Emotional stability

How open-minded to new ideas and abstract thoughts you are, if you like to reflect on ideas

Conscientiousness describes how focused the individual is on planning and reaching an established goal. It describes how conscientious, dutiful or diligent people perceive themselves in comparison with others.

In psychological research, in particular psychodynamic theory, it´s mostly about people with impulse control. Individuals with great self-control aren´t run by impulses. Instead they are planning, controlling, and well-organized, both in thought and in action. Sometimes the term is replaced with ”drive”, initiative, or power of action.


How responsive, accommodating and adaptable you perceive yourself

Agreeable people are usually considered as being friendly and easily garner sympathy. They have an ease for helping others, don´t seek conflict or confrontation. Basically, agreeable people are altruistic, ”warm” or cooperation-oriented, and expect others to act the same way toward them. Contrarily, people with a low score on this factor are often more confrontational, antagonistic or egocentric.

In a positive context they are most often more competitive. Of course friendly people are more popular and appreciated. On the other hand it´s not sure whether they are better at their profession. The will to stand up for their – or the company´s- interests, as well as being critical, skeptical and inquisitive. This can be valuable in, for example, negotiations or great restructuring projects.

People with a critical disposition, can also be better at rational analysis and calculating thought. They are more task- than people-oriented.

Social flexibility

How social and outgoing you experience yourself, if you like to establish new contacts

Extraversion measures how social and extroverted the individual is. It describes how self-confident, talkative and active that person regards his or her personality. It´s easy to see that extroverted people more naturally find a place and dominate in a group when it comes to discussions and decision-making. They want to be included to make an effect and give their opinions.

Depending on the work assignments and management level this is a vital factor for success. Similarly it´s naturally important that, for example, a salesman has an extroverted disposition, as it is for all professions with frequent contact with clients and where one actively has to reach other people.

Outgoing orientation

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