Personality Tests—A Waste or a Resource?

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Yes, by the Gallup organization. I interviewed with an organization that made a lot of use of them, and the long and short of it was that I decided to look up the methodology as it was mentioned that I'd gotten a low or insufficient score on one of the metrics they were looking for.  As far as I can tell, they were looking for the "achiever" metric, which is the guy you basically feed more and more work, and the more projects he gets done, the happier he is.  HR loves them because you don't have to motivate them.

The flip side is that the "achiever" doesn't always do so well with the quality of his work.  Kicker; I was interviewing for a position in a medical devices company.  So there is good and bad with this.  I personally suspect that personality tests are being used as a substitute for other things that various laws have banned in the same way that college degree requirements substitute for banned IQ tests.

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.