Attention job hunters! These days, your biggest hurdle to getting hired isn't dressing the part or even having the right qualifications. It's the personality test they're likely to subject you to.
According to Rodale Publications, companies are now using these tests to filter through potential employees. But there's one problem. Robert Hogan is a professor of psychology at the University of Tulsa, and he says a lot of companies don't spend enough time comparing the results of the test to the actual job, to see if you're a good fit. So, if you want to ace the questionnaire, here are a few tips:
- Don't fake it. Personality tests are meant to measure compatibility. If you fake your answers and the company actually DOES rely on them, you're likely to end up doing the wrong job.
- Do it quickly. Hogan says you shouldn't read too much into the questions. The faster you go through the test, the better. You should spend your time talking to the flesh and blood interviewer instead. It'll pay off.
- Pay attention! A personality test can tip you off to what a company is targeting. For example, if questions focus mainly on whether you're introverted or extroverted, they could be concerned about how you interact with others. So play up your people skills during the interview.