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Resumes are often inflated with fluff, and nobody in their right mind (nobody you’d consider hiring) will be fully honest in job interviews. Testing helps bridge the gap in helping you know better what type of employee you might be getting.
A college degree doesn’t guarantee that a person learned enough to perform the job duties. You lose a lot of potentially great employees by sticking to education requirements. Fact: George W. Bush has an MBA from Harvard. Bill Gates never finished college. The ACT has created a standardized test for the workplace environment called WorkKeys, and exams like that test for basic competency in math and reading. The military uses the ASVAB for job placement testing people in science, math, electrical knowledge, mechanical knowledge, and so forth. These tests have a track record of success, and utilizing a similar concept relevant to your open positions can save you from being bamboozled by a resume.
Personality testing is best utilized for team building strategies and individual growth; however, knowing the basic personality types and providing testing in the hiring process gives you a better glimpse of a person’s persona then the job interview is going to provide. The Myers Briggs and Keirsey’s temperaments are the most accurate personality scaling for career search, and they already have configured the testing, the scoring, and career matches, most of which can be researched for free without paying companies to provide all the testing for you. Take caution using the free quizzes as some are not as accurate.
Testing will give you a more truthful idea of the individual’s potential.