A candidate’s personality can be used to predict success in job performance. However, since success in different jobs may require different personality attributes, it is necessary to know the requirements of the specific job you are trying to predict the candidate’s success in.
To know the job requirements and decide which personality attributes are important for success in that job, EasyTalent can take as input the organization’s Job Analysis data. However, by default, EasyTalent uses the O*NET database, which has an extensive job analysis of over 900 jobs.
Job Work Styles: Each job in the database has 16 work styles and each work style is rated according to its importance for success in job performance. Work styles are personal characteristics that can affect how well the someone performs a job. (O*NET uses the term work style rather than personality to emphasize personal characteristics that are job related).
Work styles are personal characteristics that can affect how well someone performs a job
Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace
Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems
Attention to detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks
Concern for others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges
Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems
Job requires being honest and ethical
Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations
Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations
If a candidate’s personality (which is obtained by EasyTalent’s personality rating instrument) is aligned positively with the work styles that are important for success in that job, one can predict that the candidate would perform successfully.
To help predict a candidate’s success in the job, EasyTalent uses its algorithm to automatically map the candidate’s personality to the O*NET work styles for the job. It does this by quantifying how closely each of the candidate’s five personality dimensions (conscientiousness, openness, extraversion, agreeableness and emotional stability) aligns with each of the 16 work styles associated with that job. The closer the alignment, better is the success factor.