Should personality tests be used in the office?
Lately there seems to be a test for EVERYTHING on the internet. Anything from what TV character you are to what flavor of coffee you are, there are no limits on what you can find. These can be very fun but do they have a spot in the workplace?
The short answer is it depends!
Using Testing for Interviews? No.
Using personality tests in an interview setting sounds like a helpful idea but tread carefully. You can run into a number of issue with this including a few legal ones. Candidates could lie to skew results or tell employers what they think they want to hear. Refraining from doing this during an interview would be a solid move to make sure you are getting honest results.
Using Testing for Team Building? Yes.
Using testing for team building activities can be a great way to build an inclusive culture. There are a ton of tests to help co-workers understand each other better. Knowing the strengths or weaknesses of your team can help you all work together to maximum potential. It can also be a fun activity to build friendships over who is pumpkin spice and who is peppermint mocha flavors!
Overall personality tests from Meyer’s Briggs to BuzzFeed quizzes can have a spot in the workplace if used correctly.
They can be a great tool for company’s to use to build an inclusive and understanding culture. Read more about personality testing in the office here.