Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Asurion, on Monday, April 20, 2015
Personality tests are a great way to learn more about a candidate and their strengths. They allow for more insight than a 30-minute interview does. There are a number of personality tests and each serves a different purpose. For example, the StrengthsFinder identifies the top five areas in which an individual naturally excels. Taking this assessment prior to interviews is beneficial for a number of reasons: it provides you with an answer to the interview prompt, "Tell me about your strengths"; reading the short chapters about your strengths in the StrengthsFinder book also teaches you about the type of work/work environment in which you might excel, helping you better understand yourself. It is becoming more common for an individual to list their StrengthsFinder results somewhere on their resume or LinkedIn profile. Other common personality assessments are the Myers-Briggs (MBTI), the DiSC, and the True Colors assessment. Personality tests are a great way for you to learn more about yourself, prepare for interviews, and also help employers understand you more. I definintely recommend taking a few assessments - there really aren't downsides of doing so.