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AIFP Applicants' FAQ

From time to time we receive email requests from applicants for information.  It is impossible for us to answer each email individually.

It is our hope that these responses to the most frequently asked questions will be of help. 

“Can I get feedback about how I did on the testing?”
Unfortunately the answer is no. You will probably recall that when you sat for the testing this was explained to you. You also would have signed a release form indicating that you would not receive verbal or written feedback about the test results either from AIFP or from the organisation to which you applied.

There are two reasons. First, it would be unethical for us to provide information from the testing unless this was done in a face to face meeting with a psychologist who has been specifically trained in this testing system .

Second, even if it were possible to arrange this for you, once that were done, AIFP or the organisation to which you applied would – in the interest of fairness – be obliged to provide feedback to everyone who requested it.

This would require a staff of psychologists dedicated only to providing feedback. Neither AIFP nor any of our clients have these resources.

It is for this reason that that test administrator would have explained this, and given you the form to sign, when you completed the profiling.
“What can I do to improve my chances next time?”
It is very difficult to answer this question. The vast majority of the tests are designed to measure personality traits. Our personality is not something which changes easily. There also aren’t any books you can study or courses you can go to which will improve your chances at being more successful when you take the profile again.
“Some of the tests do measure abilities – how can I prepare for these?”
It is quite correct that one – and sometimes more of the tests do measure the applicant’s ability to solve problems. There are books available in your local library or at the book store which will help you prepare for these. There aren’t any particular books which we suggest or endorse.
“Why wasn’t I successful?”
In almost every case the organisation you applied for has more applicants than there are positions available. Their obligation is to choose those people who they believe most closely match the requirements for the job, and who are most likely to be successful.

If you applied and were unsuccessful it is very likely that there were other candidates who were more competitive than you were.

If you are unsuccessful, it is important to keep this in perspective. Simply because you were not selected for this position does not mean that there is anything “wrong” with you. It just means that at the time you applied there were other applicants that were more competitive than you.
“I have been told that I can’t participate in the profiling for twelve months. Does that mean that I can’t apply again for the same job, or for a different job within twelve months?”
This depends on the organisation to which you are applying. Some organisations will only allow applicants to apply once every twelve months. This is particularly true for those who receive a very large number of applications.

Other organisations will allow you to apply as often as you want. In that case the profiling you took within the last twelve months will be used as part of your next application.
“I applied to one type of organisation and I was unsuccessful. I am applying for another job at a different organisation within twelve months. How will my tests results be used?”
AIFP has norms - or standards – against which applicants are measured. These have been developed from a large number of Australian - not American or UK - applicants to the same type of job.

If, for example, you applied for a job in policing, and you are now applying for a job as a fire fighter your profile will be re-analysed. This is because these standards – or norms – are different for different professions.

So, in the interest of fairness, when you apply to be a fire fighter your results will be compared to a large sample of other Australian fire fighter applicants.
“If I was unsuccessful in applying to one organisation, does that mean that I am automatically going to be unsuccessful if I apply to a different organisation?”
No. This is for several reasons. As described above, the norms for different professions are different. Second, the pool of applicants you will be competing against in your next application will most certainly be different from the pool you were competing against in the past. Compared with this pool, you might well do much better.
“What role does the suitability testing play in the application process?”
Any type of suitability testing is only one part of an overall selection process. You will be aware that the organisation to which you applied also used other screening methods. In almost all cases, the decision to advance your application is made based on integrating numerous types of information about you. The psychological profile is only one part of this.
“Can I take the psychological profiling myself and get the results?”
No, this is not possible. AIFP only provides this service to organisations, and not to individuals.
“Can the results be provided to my own private psychologist, who can then interpret them to me?”
No. The AIFP system is quite unique and requires specialised training in order to interpret it. We do not provide test results to individual psychologists or other mental health professionals.