Personality assessments reveal information about a candidate's temperament and overall reliability, because a person might be capable of doing a job but not particularly suited to succeed in that job. Combined with cognitive ability insights, employee personality tests further confirm that you've chosen the right fit based on their predicted on-the-job behavior.
WonScore's personality assessment measures five characteristics directly tied to job performance to help your team determine if your candidates will succeed on the job:
Why assessing personality is useful
At Wonderlic, we only include constructs and insights that add predictive power to our results. Research has shown that combining data from a work personality test with cognitive ability data (the single-best indicator of job performance) provides another lens through which to review qualified candidates. Personality tests add what's called incremental validity— a statistically meaningful layer of insight into whether candidates will be a good fit for a particular job.
How we assess personality
Based on the Five Factor model, our personality assessment is a predictor of future behaviors—both those considered strengths and weaknesses—as they relate to job performance. Like all WonScore components, personality is relatively stable throughout an adult’s life.
The degree to which personality contributes to a candidate’s overall WonScore depends on the complexity of the job: the more complex, the more weight cognitive ability receives and the less weight by percentage personality receives. But regardless of position, research has found that higher scores on personality traits have a positive relationship with job performance, with Dependability and Stress Tolerance being the most predictive of performance across nearly all roles.
How employers benefit most from employee personality assessments
Not only can companies use employee personality tests to hire people with the temperament required to flourish in their roles, they can also use them to evaluate the potential of current employees to thrive in other roles within their organization. And when employees are placed in jobs that play to their personal (and interpersonal) strengths, their employers also often see:
Go beyond resumes and interviews to compare and hire candidates based on their potential and objective data with WonScore.