Commonly used employee personality assessment tests include the Caliper Profile, the Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire, the California Psychological Inventory, and the DISC assessment. Personality tests are used by employers to search for traits they believe lead to success in the job being filled.
The Caliper Profile is a test that may be taken online or in person. It contains 25 questions and is designed to give employers information about an individual's strengths, motivations, limitations and potential. The Caliper Profile is not used solely for hiring; it is also marketed to employers as a tool to help with team-building and improving employee performance.
The Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire is a self-report assessment instrument that measures the 16 normal adult personality dimensions first identified in 1949 by Dr. Raymond Catell. Some of the personality factors measured are warmth, reasoning, emotional stability, self-reliance and perfectionism. There are also five global factors said to describe personality broadly. The global factors are extroversion, tough-mindedness, anxiety, self-control and independence.
The California Psychological Inventory is designed to provide employers information about a candidate's personal and work-related characteristics. The test measures how an individual is likely to interact with others under varying conditions, and also measures social skills, flexibility and interests.
The DISC personality profiling system is based on the work of Dr. William Moulton Marston and his identification of four primary behavioral traits- dominance, influence, steadiness and conscientiousness. DISC is aimed at providing employers a comprehensive overview of the way potential employees think, act and interact. The test scores participants in all four behavioral traits, although most individuals show dominance in one trait.