During the selection process any employer only really wants the answers to three questions:
- Do you have the right skills and experience?
- Do you have the required motivation and enthusiasm?
- Are you going to fit in at the company, in terms of your personality, attitude and general work style?
Personality has a big role to play in providing answers to the second and third of these questions. In most working situations it’s the personality of your co-workers and managers that affect the day-to-day success of the organisation. If the team doesn’t work well together or a manager can’t motivate their staff, then productivity and quality of service will suffer.
The effects of these changes means that personality is seen by a potential employer as more important now than it was in the past and there has been a dramatic increase in the use of personality tests over the past ten years or so.