Personality-Related Position Requirements Form

Thank you for your interest! This is the official home of the Personality-related Position Requirements Form (PPRF).

About the Scale

Personality-Related Position Requirements Form (PPRF) is a public-domain job-analysis inventory specifically intended to map on to work-related personality traits. The goal of the PPRF was to allow one to establish the job-relatedness of personality assessment by having job experts determine whether effective performance on a specific job requires people to engage in various behaviors (e.g., interact with clients, customers, or coworkers). These behaviors are rated by job experts as not required, helpful, or essential to performance on the job in question.

Public Domain Item Bank for Use with the PPRF

The inception of the International Personality Item Pool (IPIP; Goldberg, 1999) created a repository of personality items that could serve as a starting point for identifying items that map on to the PPRF. A five-member research group, led by Dr. Robert M. Guion and comprised of industrial-organizational psychology faculty and doctoral students at Bowling Green State University independently identified IPIP items that were deemed fitting for each of the original 12 PPRF dimensions (see Table below). Statements from each general factor (e.g., agreeableness) were allocated to the specific PPRF sub-dimension (e.g., collaborative work tendency) that appeared most appropriate. Preference was given to statements with a clear relevance to work settings--rather than to social events or to life in general. Some IPIP statements were re-worded to fit the PPRF definitions better, and some new statements were written from scratch.

Work-Relevant Personality Dimensions and Corresponding PPRF Items

Obtaining and using the PPRF

The PPRF was designed to be a public-domain job analysis instrument that could be used by both researchers and practitioners to make better decisions about matching personality dimensions to the specific needs of the job. According to the authors: “At this point, the PPRF is offered to researchers and practitioners so that improvements, refinements, and additional tests of the efficacy of the instrument in generating hypotheses can be conducted on a broad front” (Raymark et al., 1997; p. 735).

Raymark, P.H., Schmit, M.J., Guion, R.M. (1997). Identifying potentially useful personality constructs for employee selection. Personnel Psychology, 50, 723-736.

The PPRF (click here to download) and a Public Domain Item Bank for use with the PPRF (click here to download) is available for download, free of charge, for use in your research study or workplace development project.