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BBC: Personality tests – how useful are they?

July 6, 2012

The BBC website has an interesting article on personality tests:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18723950

Personality assessments are now ubiquitous. In a global recession, many firms want to hedge their bets and cannot afford to pick the wrong people.

Tighter profit margins also mean working under more stress and companies want to make sure their employees get on. Disagreements are costly and inefficient.

In the US alone, there are about 2,500 personality tests on the market. One of the most popular is called the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or MBTI. Used by 89 of the Fortune 100 companies, it has been translated into 24 languages and has been adopted by governments and military agencies around the world.

"Myers-Briggs is the most successful psychometric out there and deservedly so," says Rachel Robinson of the consultancy firm YSC in central London.

"It has been a fantastic vehicle for people to think about themselves and how others are different."

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