“When you say assessments can help to an extent what do you mean? What other attributes do you think needs to be applied to hiring and communication in the workplace?”
I believe that personality tests are a great tool to understand more about the individual. The tests can sometimes show an individual’s motivations as well. The tests can also help forecast attitudes and reactions of the potential employee. By knowing the predictable behaviors, the company can immediately benefit by that forecast. Integrity tests are also used in the hiring process (Trainor, 2002, para. 4-5). These tests measure everything from predicting if an employee will steal to one’s reliability. The results of the tests could also not be as reliable due to someone’s mood. If an individual taking a test had a bad day, he or she may be more inclined to respond negatively or in a defense. This attitude could negatively affect the results.
This is why I believe to an extent that the testing is beneficial. Yes it helps in a variety of ways, but personality testing is not always 100% true and correct. I believe that the interview process should also be crucial when making such large decisions.
Trainor, L. (2002, January). Personality Testing: Benefits and Risks Galore. Best Practices in HR and HR.BLR.com/ Compliance Tools for HR Professionals, Retrieved from http://hr.blr.com/whitepapers/Staffing-Training/Selection-and-Testing/Personality-Testing-Benefits-and-Risks-Galore