So you’re up for your dream job and after the second interview the HR team springs it on you: It’s time to take a personality test. If you’re surprised by that turn of events, perhaps you shouldn’t be.
Personality tests have become a multi-million dollar business with many companies using these tests to make hiring decisions as well as determine how to manage talent within an organization, including which employees to promote and which employees to groom for the C-suite.
Experts estimate that as many as 60 percent of workers are now asked to take workplace assessments, according to a report from the Society of Human Resource Management. Many organizations use personality testing for career development and about 22 percent use it to evaluate job candidates, according to the results of a 2014 survey of 344 Society for Human Resource Management members.
In United States, several million individuals are tested for work-related purposes each year, says Deniz Ones, a distinguished professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota. Outside the United States, personality tests are also popular in English-speaking countries.
Here are 12 things you should know about personality tests in the workplace.