Study: Potential Employers Want To See Inside Your Brain

Earlier this week we covered how maybe you should consider a personality assessment to figure out why and your co-workers don’t mesh. Granted, it’s not some foolproof way to stop any bickering, but it could give you each an insight into why you all react the way you do in certain work-related situations.

While personality assessments being conducted by employers isn’t exactly novel, it is becoming more prevalent in this economy were companies have the opportunity to be choosy as a lot of positions have more applicants than they would have before the economy started to fall apart back in 2008.

According a Boston-based research firm, Aberdeen Group, so far this year about 56% of companies have started implementing a personality assessment as part of their hiring process, compared to 48% in 2010. Those firms who use the technique point out that it’s low in cost and can discern whether or not an applicant is a long-term fit in regards to blending in with the company’s culture in a way that an interview might miss. Says Jay Gaines, chief executive of an executive search firm:

“There are some short psychological tests that might provide reinforcement and support to observations we might make on candidates.”

As personality assessments start to become a normal part of the hiring process, job seekers shouldn’t be stressed. Instead, they should know that honesty is the way to go. Says Robert Hogan, president of Hogan Assessment Systems:

“When people try to fake, they try to fake in very characteristic ways, and it’s really easy to tell when someone is trying to game the test.”

While any test can be nerve-racking, especially one that is studying your personality, applicants should realize there is no wrong answer–you are who you are. And although the results of a personality assessment could possibly stand in the way of being hired, you’re better off in the long one. You don’t want to be hired into a company where you don’t fit in with the culture or find yourself in a position that makes you miserable. Think about a personality assessment as a means to not only help employers, but help you, the job seeker, too.


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