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At their best, psychometric tests can facilitate conversations about emotions and personality and may provoke the sort of introspection that leads to positive change. At their worst, psychometric tests lead to baseless generalizations and limit opportunities unfairly. Emma Greenberg, a researcher and writer for The New York Times, doesn’t bash the use of personality tests in the workplace but does warn against overemphasizing the value they can bring. If such tests are in use at your company or if you are considering introducing them, you should read Greenberg’s thoughtful exploration.

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Emma Goldberg is a researcher and writer who has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Economist, and other publications.

 

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Personality tests in the workplace may give people a common language for discussing personalities, but they can also lead to troubling generalizations.

At many companies, managers and HR staff include psychometric tests in hiring, onboarding, corporate team-building and training exercises. Tests – including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the Color Code, Gallup’s CliftonStrengths, and others – sort people into types to help assess job fit and growth opportunities. 

Personality tests can be a welcome break from daily office life. They can give people a way to explain their personal needs – for example, whether they want ...


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