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What are the advantages and disadvantages of using the Big Five model in recruitment and selection?

The Big Five personality model focuses on traits that are directly relevant to a candidate's ability to perform the required tasks and fit into a company's culture. However, tests based on this model are easy to game, and may result in an excellent candidate being excluded on the basis of one or two traits which would not significantly impede performance.

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The Big Five personality traits are extraversion, neuroticism, agreeableness, openness, and conscientiousness. There are clearly good reasons why employers would be interested in these traits, particularly conscientiousness, which is one of the most reliable overall predictors of workplace performance.

The Big Five model is one of the most widely subscribed ways of assessing personality and suitability for employment. It focuses on...

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