The PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS AND EXPERIENCE INVENTORY contains 150-236 test items to be completed in 90 minutes and has three basic types of questions. The first two apply to your personality and the last to your experiences. Remember, there are no correct or incorrect answers on this part of the exam, only what is right as it relates to you. Be honest on the assessment. The USPS will audit the responses for signs of untruthfulness.
The first type of question is where a statement is made, and you are asked whether you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree.
An example of this type of question would be:
“I always like to work in teams.”
A. Strongly Agree
D. Strongly Disagree
The second type of question applies to how often a specific description applies to you. For instance:
“I get upset when we have to work in teams.”
A. Very Often
Finally, an experience question might look like this:
“What type of work environment do you like the most?”
A. One where we work in teams.
B. One where we work independently.
C. One where my ideas are actively solicited.
D. One where the supervisor works alongside me.
E. One where the supervisor remains apart.
F. One with a male supervisor
G. One with female supervisor.
Again, there are no winning answers, just what your experience and personality tells you. There won’t be any practice questions on the sample exams for this part of the test because it isn’t anything you can practice.
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