Behavioral Assessments

How Personality Affects the Way People Do Their Jobs

Article reprinted with permission from the author, Prof. Adrian Furnham, Psychology Dept., University College London.

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Many businesses regularly use personality tests and behavioral assessments to better determine which candidates to interview, to enable more successful job placement, to further develop existing employees, to assess and enhance listening and communication skills and to screen for conscientiousness and emotional reactions.

The following article, entitled "Square Holes for Square Pegs," written by Professor Adrian Furnham, looks at the "Big Five" Model of Personality and makes sound arguments for personality assessment, or success profiling. This article is followed by a link to an amusingly-presented online personality assessment solution.

The "Big Five" Model of Personality

According to the "Big Five" model of personality, the most important dimensions of people's personality in the workplace are:

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