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An Introduction to Employee Personality Testing

August 8, 2019

By: Carletta Clyatt

Hiring any new employee is stressful, time consuming and, sometimes, exhausting. Regardless of the level of research that goes into finding a particular person, there are always many unknowns about their successes and shortcomings before they report to work on their first day. Every hiring manager or even HR department has made hiring mistakes. Reducing hiring issues is the name of the game now. To further narrow down an applicant pool, consider exploring the world of employee personality testing . Get to know the basics of this tool so that the next hire will be a success.

1. Exploring an Applicant's Motivations

Every person who joins a company is contributing to its success or failure. Some people are largely optimistic, whereas others work with a sense of skepticism each day. Personality tests give you insight into a person's inherent motivations and work preferences. These traits are essentially seen every day on the job.

These personality tests go deep; they don't reveal temporary feelings or emotions. Everyone has a bad day. The information that you need is the personality traits that will reflect on the company once the new hire steps aboard.

2. Understanding the Core Traits

The personality traits that are explored in The Omnia Assessment include:

  • Assertiveness
  • Being highly assertive means that an applicant can drive results through others; great for sales and leadership positions. Falling low in assertiveness (high in caution/helpfulness) is great for customer service.

  • Structure
  • Structure involves the level of organization, compliance and attention to detail in a person's day. Some people focus on the big picture while others are meticulous with procedures and details.

  • Gregariousness
  • Gregariousness is a measurement of a person's outgoing personality. Some people are more social than others, for example.

  • Pace
  • Pace refers to a person's tendency to work urgently or methodically.

  • Judgement
  • Judgement focuses on a person's ability to think through the consequences of their actions and decisions.

3. Matching the Applicant to the Job

Your job opening attracts a lot of potential hires. In fact, you might have more than one position to fill. A personality test for employment helps you narrow down those selections.

Consider a person who is cautious, detailed and analytical on the test. These quiet individuals may not be right for the sales position, but your data-analysis department can use a focused person.

Finding the right match within your company saves time and effort for HR, the manager and even the new hire. Your new employee will be much happier in a position that draws on his or her strengths rather than skills that don't match the personality.

4. Taking Everything into Consideration

Remember that a single test can't reveal everything about a person. It's a tool to use alongside other methods. Continue to interview individuals according to a consistent process, but use the tests to narrow down the applicant pool.

It's still a good idea to use your gut instinct with applicants as you get down to the last few people. Take a look at the tests, and observe the personality traits yourself. At the end of the day, it's you and the entire staff who must welcome the person into the corporate culture.

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5. Saving on Hiring Costs

Advertising, interviewing and researching potential candidates for your company’s positions is expensive. It becomes an even larger expense when a new hire ends up being terminated during the probationary period. You're back to square one.

6. Developing the Current Staff

Is your current staff in a rut? Where is the motivation? Every company goes through its ups and downs. Finding the answers to these questions can be found through employee personality testing. Some of the insights that you gain may include details such as:

  • Where to focus training and development
  • How to manage job tasks that do not align with aptitudes
  • What communication style works best for the individual

Once you reveal the needs and preferences of each of your employees, changes and improvements are easier to make than ever before.

An assessment test for employment reduces costs during the hiring process and beyond because you have a stronger chance of hiring right the first time. You'll select the perfect candidate for the position and for your culture.

7. Choosing the Right Test

There are a lot of tests out there; HR and hiring managers are often saturated with advertisements. Toss out the clutter that is abstract testing. Some personality assessments come with games and shapes to solve or arrange. But, they don't offer much information about the intrinsic motivators and work preferences of your potential new hires.

The Omnia Assessment is a simple, yet amazingly accurate, personality assessment tool to identify the workplace aptitudes of candidates and employees. It’s fast, just 10 minutes, and it’s easy, no confusing questions or irrelevant multiple choice scenarios. You get real-world advice on how to select and manage the best fit for your team.

Join with The Omnia Group today to elevate your team and hiring processes.


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Carletta Clyatt

Carletta Clyatt, a popular seminar speaker, is the SVP at The Omnia Group. She offers clients advice on how to manage more effectively and gain insight into employee strengths, weaknesses and behaviors. For more information about employee behavioral assessments, call Carletta at 813-280-3026 or email: Carletta@omniagroup.com

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