Should I use personality tests?

During the selection process, organizations want to learn everything they can about a candidate. Hiring someone is an important decision and you want to make sure you are selecting the right one. Think about your last major decision or purchase – What information did you gather? When it comes to selecting your next employee, access to information and data is desired like any other decision. There are many companies that offer personality tests and assessments.  When it comes to purchasing off- the-shelf selection tools, make sure the tool is valid, reliable, and truly measures the competencies you look for in a candidate. If not, you may be at risk for having an illegal selection process. COPE recommends first developing a list of competencies (skills, knowledge, and abilities) that predict high performance in that job. Ask yourself “What makes someone the best at this job at this company?” From there, anything you ask or assess should measure those traits. If something doesn’t, take it out. Your lawyer will be happy and you’ll be more likely to find someone that truly fits the job and organizational culture.