Why personality assessment ?
In most working situations it’s the personality of your co-workers and managers that affect the day-to-day success of the organization. If the team doesn't work well together or a manager can’t motivate their staff, then productivity and quality of service will suffer.
Despite the controversy surrounding some of these personality tests, there has been a dramatic increase in the use of personality tests over the past ten years or so. The single most frequently given reason for increases in testing is the need to have a selection process which can withstand legal challenges. Increased test use can therefore be seen in part as a defensive strategy, adopted in response to regulation and legislation. Another factor is the ease with which these tests can now be delivered online. This approach has distinct advantages over paper-and-pencil tests:
There is no need to print and distribute printed material. This has dramatically lowered the cost of test administration.
Results can be processed immediately with no human input. The test administration software can produce very detailed and impressive looking reports.
There has been a growing acceptance of personality testing among the general public. Many people quite happily complete online personality profiles in their own time outside of the recruitment process.
There are now more suppliers producing a greater variety of tests. This has driven costs down even further and increased the choice of tests available to recruiting organizations.
Importance of Personality Testing
Personality and aptitude tests (psychometrics) are helpful for managing people and for understanding yourself. You should also consider using personality and aptitude tests if you are recruiting or developing people.
Even though the question types and personality categorization differ from test to test, they provide insight into the human psyche.
There is a general feeling that many employers are not making full use of the PAT (Personality Assessment Tests) when recruiting. The factors that have contributed to this include.
Costs: Most employers feel the cost of administering these tests is way beyond their budget. Nevertheless, a bad hiring might cause damage to the organization and costs even more.
Knowledge on the benefits: Most employers are unaware of the benefits of behavioral assessment. This leads to the traditional interviews being in use
What is the importance of Personality Testing?
A personality test can provide us with a way to categorized different characteristics or traits that we might otherwise not be aware of.
Additionally, this categorization will help us learn how others might react to something in their environment.
These tests can be used for self-reflection and understanding, for job placement, and for learning how to better interact with others in a team or work group.
a) When hiring
If a job requires specific characteristics and personality types, then a personality test can be used for placement purposes. For example, if you are joining a company where you will be placed into one of several close-knit teams, the company might use a personality test to determine which group of people you would work best with.
In addition, if the personality test is properly configured to identify people who will be highly satisfied with important aspects of a job, hiring such people will significantly reduce turnover. For example, if a large part of the job requires the daily performance of a series of highly routine tasks, then it behooves a supervisor to hire people who can not only perform the tasks but will be very satisfied performing the tasks over an extended period. The personality test can provide just that type of information.
In other words, organizations interested in hiring high quality employees and reducing turnover can achieve greater success in both areas by employing a well-developed personality test in the hiring process.
b) Working with others
In addition to understanding your own personality type, it is often beneficial to understand the personalities of those around you. For example, many work teams and even sports teams, use personality tests to help the team members learn more about each other. Since the personality test indicates some of your innate preferences, it can be very useful for other team members to understand what makes you tick.
Personality tests can also be used as a tool to help dysfunctional teams learn more about each other and begin to work through some of their differences. Each team member would take the same personality test and then would share their results with the other members of the team. Then, as a team, they would discuss the results and how to function as a more cohesive team.
Increasing the teams’ awareness of the personality types of the other members can create a more functional and cohesive team atmosphere. Once the team members realize that someone has a different personality type that might make them more suited to one type of communication than the other, they can adapt and work together to create the best team dynamics. Personality tests can be a great tool to use to bring team members together and create more productive teams
c) Knowing yourself
By taking a personality test, one can often learn about his/herself and encourage self-awareness. For example, if a job involves presenting speeches and mingling with large crowds of people, but you’ve always felt a little uncomfortable performing the job functions, knowing that you are naturally introverted can help you to better understand yourself. You will realize that performing these social functions will drain you of your energy. By making this realization, you will be better able to cope with your job and create happiness for yourself. For example, you can learn that you might have a better evening if you spend some quiet time alone before the functions to gather your energy.
Personality tests and quizzes can also provide insight into how you react to other people. For example, certain personality types tend to get along better, while other personality types often are prone to arguments and clashes of style and opinion.
Why is personality important when hiring?
Personality is one of the most important factors when considering an employee for hire. A prospective employee’s personality can influence how that employee may perform within the confines of the business and interact with the existing staff. A goal-driven, positive personality can also be contagious and may boost the morale of the entire staff, leading to increased productivity and success. The key to hiring is to select the candidate with the right attitude then train them for skills to do the job. By doing this, the organization will ensure it hires candidates who adapt well with the culture of its staff. Personality is also important for the following reasons
When hiring, an employer must consider how a prospective employee’s personality may mesh with the existing staff. Too many strong personalities with leadership characteristics can lead to a lack of teamwork, whereas a staff composed primarily of conservative personalities may lack the initiative necessary to achieve the business’ goals. A knowledgeable employer who is aware of the personality needs of his staff can use this as an effective hiring criterion right along with job experience
An employee with a more “people friendly” personality is good for a business that depends on customer service to drive sales. Customers buy from people they like and who are nice to them, and they quickly leave establishments where customer service is inattentive or rude. This is seen most often in the service industry where an employee has the power to influence a customer experience simply with attitude. In return the business gets referrals for more business
The drive to learn
A prospective employee’s personality can tell an employer a lot about the drive and performance potential of the employee. This is particularly important in competitive fields like marketing or in commission-based sales positions. An employee who lacks drive or who does not display the desire to close sales will not fare well in those industries and is therefore not an ideal candidate for hire
Hire whom fit your organization
As an employer, you get to hire whomever you want within the limits of the law. Hiring an employee whose personality you enjoy and whom you could see yourself being able to stand seeing every workday is an important factor when considering anyone for hire. If you hire someone whose personality clashes with your own or/and your staff, it could lead to problems in the workplace that could bleed over onto the rest of the staff, causing a more stressful work environment. Stressed-out employees make bad decisions that could ultimately impact the performance of the business.
An applicant’s skills and knowledge of the field are almost always considered more important than personality in a potential hire. However, the fact of the matter is this: skills can be learned, but people can’t change their personalities.