According to Boston .com, 83 percent of North American companies are trying to take some of the guesswork out of the hiring process--Because it's a big waste of money to train new employees, and then train their replacement when they don't work out. So, what's a company to do? Give potential employees a personality test.
But isn't a job interview pretty straight-forward and informative? Not necessarily. In a recent survey of over 15-hundred hiring managers around the world, almost half of them have one common problem: The personality of a candidate during the interview process often doesn't match what they're actually like on the job.
So, what kind of questions do these personality profiles ask? For example, on a scale of 1 to 5, are you stable, pleasant, outgoing, fussy or controlling. These tests also try to differentiate between the person you think you are--Like: spirited and spontaneous.
Compared to how you think others expect you to act--Like, serious and sophisticated.
If you'd like to know more about the kinds of personality tests you might be facing in your next job interview, check out the book Psychological Testing at Work by Edward Hoffman.