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Which personality assessment should you use in hiring?

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Mortgage Professional America | 23 Jul 2014, 07:58 AM Agree 0
When hiring people, you'll probably want to use some kind of personality assessment tool. But which method is right for you?
  • Nancy Viejo | | 23 Jul 2014, 12:05 PM Agree 0
    I have been using the DISC assessment tool for years. I like it so much that I acquired a certification in it about 10 years ago so that I could properly assess the results. However the tool seems to be ancient in origination. Doer's, Thinkers, Counters, and Talkers is from Aristotle.
  • Richard Colwell, CPC, MSc | | 04 Aug 2014, 08:20 AM Agree 0
    I use a combination of Wave and Hogan Development Survey. That way I find I get a thorough general picture from Wave, that is difficult to 'fudge' due to the built in checks and with the HDS I get the 'warts and all' darker side of their personality that candidates try to hide from the assessor. I think it's worth mentioning that if you hire a consultancy to do the psychometric assessment then you should make sure they are not being paid in any way dependent upon placement of the candidate, as this can lead to the client sometimes getting a less than full picture.

    All tools are only as good as the person using them and you need to trust they give you honest feedback and results. However, when these well validated tools (see this validation study here ) are used properly then you, as a client, know that what sort of candidate you are getting and how to manage them to ensure they deliver their best.

    Best regards,
    Richard Colwell
    CPC, MSc
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