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What are your thoughts on personality testing for employment?

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egordon6 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 16, 2012 at 8:11 PM via web

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  1. What are your thoughts on personality testing for employment?

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted July 16, 2012 at 9:11 PM (Answer #1)

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Having had to take a personality test for one job in Wisconsin, I found it a rather odd experience.  I found some of the questions repetitive and rather banal.  It really depends on why they are doing the personality test.  If the test is to weed out the drug users or the anti-social personalities, I can understand why business wants to use them.  However, many of the most creative people have quirks and odd habits and personality tests tend to look for the norm, the average answer.   I think that in this world of ever increasing competitiveness, businesses which use personality testing should be using it as one small tool of evaluation, not the one test needed for employment.  In my opinion,  I would prefer not using them at all as I think they are not as reliable as touted. 

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