Intelligence & Personality Testing in the Workplace

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  • 0:04 Does Testing Work?
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Instructor: Joseph Madison

Joseph received his Doctorate from UMUC in Management. He retired from the Army after 23 years of service, working in intelligence, behavioral health, and entertainment.

This lesson will cover the types of personality and intelligence tests used by employers for hiring and promotion purposes. This lesson will also cover the issues that these tests can cause.

Does Testing Work?

How many of us have applied to jobs and were asked to take a pre-test with the application? Or who hasn't taken a Myers-Briggs test to determine if he or she is extroverted or introverted? These exams are used to help employers hire a certain type of employee and to better understand their existing employees. These tests fall into two categories: intelligence tests and personality tests.

Intelligence tests are conducted to determine employee intelligence, learning style, and ability to learn. Personality tests focus on whether employees work better in groups or individually, if they learn visually or verbally, and if they would do better in training positions versus management. Both types of tests have many different formulations created by managers and psychologists, all with the goal of finding key employees for specific environments.

Intelligence & Personality Tests

Although there are dozens of different personality and intelligence tests, we'll only cover the most popular.

Intelligence Tests

Let's start with intelligence tests, which can no longer be used in the hiring process but can still be used after individuals have been hired.

  • IQ tests are designed to measure the level of intelligence and style of learning of a person. There are hundreds of IQ tests on the market, with some having verbal, written, and hands-on portions in order to be accessible to all learning types.
  • Multiple intelligences tests focus less on educational knowledge and more on how people are skilled in different ways. The different intelligences measured include linguistic, spatial, musical, logical, physical, intrapersonal, and interpersonal intelligence. These tests are mean to reveal the skill set of employees, which can help companies place them in the best environment.

Personality Tests

Let's now take a look at the most widely-used personality tests, including the Myers-Briggs, Caliper, and Gallup StrengthsFinder tests.

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