In our first post in this series, we explored the popularity of the personality assessment in the workplace over the past 50 years. In addition, we discuss the growing body of research that proves that while the information they provide is useful. Moreover, it has never been proven effective as a predictor of individual fit nor on the job performance. However, behavioural assessments work. We will discuss their power in this insight.
Likely, in your own experience, you recognize that each job requires something different for success. However, we simply have not had the assessment methodology to be able to identify the precise range of personal characteristics needed for each specific job.
The “big five” personality traits
All to say that attempts to use “big five” personality traits — Openness, Conscientiousness, Extroversion, Agreeableness, Neuroticism — to predict on-the-job success have had, at best, a very checkered past. Mostly it has promised much and consistently, through the decades, has delivered wholly inadequate progress at the practical level that human capital management has sought.
With the tremendous speed of change and agility required in today’s global business environment, HR and business leaders alike need better tools. Notably, they need a much more precise tool to look at the present and future value of its people to its performance. Only when psychometrics have a taxonomic structure of personality as comprehensive and broad as chemistry’s Periodic Table will we be able to truly be a science of predicting human behaviour.
Behavioural Assessments Work
To date, personality tests have been broad in scope, whereas job performance characteristics are narrow and behaviorally specific for each job. Researchers suggest that predictors (e.g. an assessment measure) should precisely match the propensities for work behaviours and outcomes. This insight would be superior to a test that only reveals a general and broad sense of an individual’s personality.
This is where the performance assessment is different. SuccessFinder has developed a complex human metric capable of predicting job performance in any specific job role. It is all represented in ONE test specifically designed to measure:
- 85 performance traits
- 26 workplace competencies
- 35 career themes
- 500+ positions
Leading and fast-growth businesses including Maple Leaf Foods, McGill University, McKesson Canada, New Brunswick Power, Sanimax, Sun Life Financial and Yamana Gold are among the early users of SuccessFinder and benefitting from this advanced predictive approach.
One success story, from engineering and management firm, Morrison Hershfield, uses SuccessFinder behavioural assessments to inform and enhance recruiting, development, succession and has even built learning programs around the unique behavioural factors it surfaced with SuccessFinder, that is driving its business performance.
Companies hire for skills and experience but fire for behavior. In my experience, assessment tools have been too broad to be useful. However, Pathfinder is different. With a single, robust assessment focused on behavior, it is the secret sauce that can help change company culture and drive performance." — Pelly Shafto, HR Leader at Morrison Hershfield
Indeed, science bears this out as well. This criterion-related validation approach (coupled with a sophisticated actuarial mathematical modelling for predicting complex human behaviours, e.g., quotient for predicting job success) works. It is the statistical demonstration of the relationship between scores on a behavioural assessment and the job performance of high, average and marginal workers. Coupling both complex human behaviour with actual job success through Job Component Validity (JCV) is at the core of the SuccessFinder difference.
Using the job component validity (JCV) model, could revolutionize hiring. Essentially it is a single standardized system that could select almost anybody for anything in one-thousandth the time and cost.” — David Knudson, President of HRI of Alberta in Science Canada
Sure, there’s a place for understanding personality fit: both to better understand ourselves and to appreciate how others are constitutionally different so that we can approach collaboration with a different perspective. But personality can’t predict performance.
Behavioural assessments work. Want to learn more about how SuccessFinder can help your business predict performance with 85% accuracy for more successful staff selection, development, and succession? Click here.
Note: this is the second in a two-part series, part one — Do Personality Tests Work?
About the Founder:
At the age of 9, Larry Cash’s life was almost destroyed by a test that concluded he was mentally challenged. In fact, Larry was dyslexic. A member of the Ontario Psychological Association and an International Affiliate of the American Psychological Association, he’s dedicated his life to understanding the intricacies of human behaviour, working to develop training and testing that accurately looks at unique individuality and potential. Larry is the founder of SuccessFinder, a talent assessment and career prediction platform that benchmarks behaviours from more than 40,000 highly successful professionals worldwide, across more than 500 roles
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