When you interview for a job, you are likely to encounter another kind of assessment as well – the personality test. Surveys have shown that a majority of companies are now using them – about two-thirds, compared to less than half in 2010.
A Predictor of Performance
As a job candidate, it is in your best interest to take these tests seriously because the employers do. Studies have shown that personality tests are reliable ways of predicting how a person will perform on the job. Employers are relying on more objective assessments like personality tests because the traditional ways of screening job candidates are more subjective.
While a person’s skills and knowledge are of key importance in determining success on the job, personality characteristics like work ethic, perseverance, resilience, cooperation and leadership also play a significant role in job success
Companies also believe that using these tests will help them to hire people who are a good fit.
Studies have shown that if a person’s job does not match his or her personality, the person is unlikely to be engaged or excited about his work. A lack of employee engagement leads to lower productivity and higher turnover, both of which can cost companies a lot of money.
It takes a lot of time, effort, and money to assess candidates during the hiring process, bring them onboard and train them – all of which have to be repeated if the person cannot do the job. Employers are looking for scientifically valid ways to measure an applicant’s suitability for a job, and that is why personality tests have gained in popularity.
They can be given quickly and easily online, and the results are delivered immediately. A candidate’s results are then compared against the norms established through thousands of other tests that have been administered.
Types of Tests
Among the most commonly used personality tests are The Caliper Profile, which assess how well a person’s personality characteristics correlate with his or her job performance; the SHL Occupational Personality Questionnaire, which evaluates how particular behavior affects job performance; the Hogan Personality Inventory, which is also used to predict performance on the job; and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which maps a person’s personality characteristics.
Preparing for the Interview
Other basic tips:
1. Dress appropriately — suit and tie
2. Do your research about the company and the industry
3. Check social media and news articles online for information about the company.
4. Practice your responses to the most common interview questions.
5. Make sure to ask questions.
6. Make sure to shake hands with a firm grip, smile, and look the hiring manager in the eye.
7. Find out what happens next in the process