Personality Tests for Prospective Employees
Posted: July 10, 2015
There is a new trend when small businesses are looking to hire employees. It has become a $2 billion industry and deals with analyzing an individual's psyche and running the results of a personality survey through a computer.
I remember when I was approached about buying The Bottom Line in September, 1988. I was told that I had to complete a personality survey called a Caliper Profile. Apparently, I was suited to become an entrepreneur because I must have done rather well on the test. I filled out the answers to the 200+ questions while sitting at a recycling meeting at the Chippewa Valley Technical College.
There are all types of personality tests that prospective employees can take. Some of the more popular include the Hogan Personality Inventory Test, Gallup's StrengthsFinder or Infor, a New York-based software company that claims to assess a million candidates each month.
The concept, which is becoming popular throughout the employment industry, creates an algorithm and attempts to create a correlation to a job candidate's answers with responses give by some of a company's best workers.
The new rage for personality testing is being driven by the collision of two of the business world's hottest trends. The first is Big Data, which preaches the value of collecting as much information as possible about practically everything; The other is analytics, a broad term that describes looking for patterns in data that can be used to optimize performance.
When I took the Caliper Profile nearly 27 years ago, I really didn't take my time. It seemed to me that many of the questions were variations of earlier questions. After spending an hour taking the test and not really paying attention to the meeting at CVTC on recycling, I turned the test in to my employer the next day.
I never dreamed I would still be in business for myself after 27 years. Maybe the test knew something about me that I didn't know about myself.
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