November 21, 2010

Should Personality Testing Be Part of the Hiring Process?

KEY FINDINGS

· Job candidates who fail a personality test the first time often change their responses dramatically on the second test—even though adult personality is known to be generally stable and unlikely to change in the short interval (in this study, one year) between tests.

· Internal candidates are more likely than external candidates to retest, a tendency companies themselves may unwittingly encourage by providing test-specific feedback.

Recommended Citation
Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies. (2010, November). Should personality testing be part of the hiring process? (CAHRS ResearchLink No. 12). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University, ILR School.

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