Modern Personality Tests for HR to Find the Right Culture Fit

by Sabrina Son on Aug 26, 2016 8:00:00 AM

work culture fitWhenever you have to replace an employee, there are considerable costs you’ll have to absorb. In addition to having to pay your new hire’s salary and benefits, you’ll also have to devote resources to the sourcing, interviewing, and onboarding processes. When a new employee starts, managers have to spend some of their time getting them up to speed. It might even be eight months before your rookie is able to handle all of their job responsibilities.

The end result? You can spend upwards of $15,000, or 20% extra, to hire someone making $75,000.

Whether or not your company can afford it, you obviously want to avoid incurring those unnecessary expenses on anywhere near a regular basis. The easiest way to do that is to hire individuals who are the right culture fit — which can be easier said than done if you’re not sure what you’re looking for.

Luckily, there are a number of modern personality tests HR departments can use to narrow their focus to candidates who are likely to fit right in with what your company is all about. As evidenced in this recent Wall Street Journal article, businesses across all industries are increasingly turning to these modern tests to screen their candidates and accelerate the hiring process.

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Selective Hiring

Why give candidates general personality tests when there are tests out there that can help you figure out more specifically whether someone is well suited to a particular job?

Selective Hiring offers a number of industry-specific and characteristic-specific tests. Find out if your candidates have the right personalities for being salespeople, community managers, or customer support professionals. You can also gauge applicants’ work ethic, workplace personality, and workplace skills, among other things.

 

Woofound

A web-based test that’s visual by design and can be accessed on any connected device, the Woofound personality test can be completed in a half hour and provides instant results. The test was based on the fact that the pursuit of knowledge and self-discovery can help candidates — and their employers — figure out which career paths make the most sense.

 

IPIP-NEO

If you’re looking for a test that has been scientifically validated, look no further than the International Personality Item Pool. The test was designed to drill down into an individual’s traits. For example, someone who is regarded as “conscientious” might be “dutiful” but not really “self-disciplined.” If your company values autonomy, you might place a very high emphasis on self-discipline.

 

Wonderlic

A test designed to assess prospective employees based on seven distinct personality traits, Wonderlic will help you gauge applicants’ emotional intensity, intuition, recognition motivation, sensitivity, assertiveness, trust, and exaggeration. At the end of the test, you’ll know whether candidates are Drivers, Supporters, Thinkers, or Motivators.

There’s no sense in doing a ton of extra legwork to find the right candidates when modern technology can make the process a whole lot easier for you. By doing your due diligence to find the modern personality tests that make the most sense for your organization, you won’t have to.

So try a bunch of them out to see which ones work best. You should be able to increase the chances you’ll hire the right kind of folks right off the bat. Not only will your team be stronger, your company’s bank account will be healthier.

 

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This post was written by Sabrina Son

Sabrina is the managing editor for the TINYpulse blog. A Seattle native, she loves her morning (or anytime) coffee, spending her weekends on the mountains, and of course, the famous rain.

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