Character Testing Is On The Rise…However Why?

Character Testing Is On The Rise…However Why?


For many years, character assessments have been utilized by huge companies to guage worker candidates throughout their hiring course of. However an increasing number of, I’m seeing early-stage corporations utilizing these assessments to assist them of their hiring course of. I’m not positive who’s pointing them on this path, most probably the elevated entry to free on-line character assessments you may take, like this one. However simply because they’re there, doesn’t imply it’s worthwhile to use them. They’re typically used as a crutch to assist make selections, as an alternative of true management by hiring managers. And, typically occasions, the outcomes discovered about present workers, don’t lead to actionable adjustments inside a company. Let’s dig deeper right here.

What’s a Character Take a look at?

For instance of probably the most used, again in 1945, Katharine Prepare dinner Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers pioneered the Myers-Briggs Sort Indicator (MBTI) character take a look at which kinds individuals into 4 various kinds of psychological classifications, primarily based on the analysis of Dr. Carl Jung within the 1920’s. For instance, an individual is both: (i) an Extravert or an iNtrovert; (ii) Sensing or Intuitive; (iii) a Thinker or a Feeler; and (iv) Judging or Perceiving. You’ll be able to be taught extra in regards to the particular definitions for every of those classifiers at this infographic. If you’re inquisitive about your character kind, or wish to take a look at your workers, there are a number of free on-line character assessments you may take, like this one.

What Am I?

I as soon as took this take a look at, and my 4 letter classification got here again as an ENTJ. In accordance with the Myers Briggs web site, that may describe me as: “Frank, decisive, assume management readily. Rapidly see illogical and inefficient procedures and insurance policies, develop and implement complete methods to unravel organizational issues. Get pleasure from long-term planning and objective setting. Normally properly knowledgeable, properly learn, take pleasure in increasing their information and passing it on to others. Forceful in presenting their concepts.” I’d say that may be a truthful abstract.

The issue is, if I learn any of the opposite 15 classifications on that web page, there are parts of every of them, that additionally apply to me. Making an attempt to label workers in pre-defined buckets is a pleasant objective, nevertheless it isn’t actually all that sensible, as individuals behave in a different way in several situations and might stay throughout classes. For instance, supervisor is aware of when to handle with an “iron fist” or “youngsters gloves,” relying on every scenario and worker concerned.

My Previous Expertise as a Candidate?

A number of years in the past, primarily based on my character take a look at outcomes, a big firm that was hiring stated my entrepreneurial expertise have been “off the charts” in comparison with their present workers (e.g., which they perceived as overly prepared to take dangers). I didn’t get the job, regardless of an excellent character match with the group and an ideal skillset for the job. I couldn’t imagine this firm was truly making hiring selections primarily based on character kind, versus who had the most effective expertise to get the job finished and assist the corporate hit its targets. And, on this particular case, it explains why this identical firm is now teetering on the point of chapter, as they weren’t hiring any progressive “out of the field” thinkers that would assist pivot them into new instructions to assist evolve with the occasions.

My Previous Expertise as an Employer?

I’ve by no means used character assessments in any of my hiring selections. To me, as CEO, I’ve my finger on the heart beat on the specified tradition and wishes of the group. It’s materially extra vital to rent an individual that has the most effective skillsets for the job, to allow them to come out of the gate working and assist us to realize our enterprise targets, than it’s to have a selected character kind. And, that technique has served me properly through the years, constructing a number of profitable corporations with nice groups alongside the way in which. So, don’t overthink the necessity for character assessments. To me, they’re a “nice-to-have,” not a “need-to-have.” For extra helpful recommendations on how finest to construct your startup group and learn how to construct enterprise tradition, take a look at these different posts on the subject.

What Are Character Checks Good For?

Most hiring managers assume character assessments are predictor of a candidate’s future job efficiency or match throughout the group. I feel that’s hog wash for the explanations described above. However these assessments do have some helpful functions. It provides managers sense to the various types of their workers, which they’ll use that info in coaching or teaching the workers, crafting a conducive work surroundings, and growing the group. For instance, in the event you see a younger worker with excessive management potential, you may put them on a quick observe to being a future supervisor. Or, if one worker is a powerful chief, pair them with somebody who wants management growth, to assist develop their expertise.

Concluding Ideas

Simply perceive the outcomes of a character take a look at are merely a knowledge level. They need to not drive selections!! You’ll want to keep versatile in your hiring practices, understanding that there are going to be completely different worker sorts within the workplace. Salespeople are usually going to be your extraverts, and your net builders are going to be your introverts, for instance. So, it’s close to unattainable to recruit all the identical sorts in a single group. And, even in the event you may, why would you? Totally different views from completely different individuals will help the group handle the enterprise via a broader lens. And, for goodness sakes, if you’re going to make your present workers take the take a look at, ensure the outcomes grow to be accountably actioned upon, in any other case you’re by no means going to successfully result in the organizational change it’s possible you’ll be wanting.

George Deeb is a Accomplice at Purple Rocket Ventures and creator of 101 Startup Classes-An Entrepreneur’s Handbook. For future posts from George, please comply with him right here or on Twitter at @georgedeeb or @redrocketvc.

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