True or False: These Tests Can Tell if You Are Right for This Job

By Melissa Korn

October 29, 2012

 

Companies’ use of personality tests to assess potential employees is increasing and test results are thought to reveal personality traits which employers may/may not deem as favorable determinants for career success. CPP’s Director of Research Rich Thompson, PhD, is quoted in this Wall Street Journal article that references questions from the CPI 260® assessment.

Companies as varied as electronics retailer HHGregg Inc., rental-car agency Avis Budget Group Inc., and Sprint Nextel Corp. all use personality tests to help assess job applicants for conscientiousness, extroversion or other traits that may be useful in forging a successful career—or, alternatively, derail one. The article includes a sampling of personality-test questions, what psychologists and test designers say about what each question is really looking for, and how the range of possible responses could be interpreted.

 

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