personality test

noun

Definition of personality test

: any of several tests that consist of standardized tasks designed to determine various aspects of the personality or the emotional status of the individual examined

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This ability can’t be detected by a personality test. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Privilege Trap: Can Rich Kids Become Good Leaders?," 6 Oct. 2018 To establish a group identity, participants in the study were given a brief personality test. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "People adopt made-up social rules to be part of a group," 28 Dec. 2018 During the war more than 5,000 people were given dozens of personality tests, including the MBTI, to figure out which job would best suit them: paratrooper, resistance leader, saboteur, pigeoneer, spy. Carol Tavris, WSJ, "‘The Personality Brokers’ Review: A Blurred View of Who You Are," 6 Sep. 2018 And they are given a personality test, created by the company, that looks for people with empathy and patience and the ability to draw people out in conversation. Tara Bahrampour, latimes.com, "These college students moonlight as 'grandkids' for hire. Seniors love it," 21 June 2018 A year ago, The Intercept published a story about a Trump campaign affiliate that was circulating personality tests to collect Americans’ personal information. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "Facebook in the Age of the Big Tech Whistleblower," 19 Mar. 2018 Companies are also moving past traditional hiring assessments like personality tests (which experts say don’t accurately predict your job success) and are instead using AI, algorithms, and neuroscience games to better match your abilities to a role. Malaika Jabali, Glamour, "'Hiring Bots' Might Be Responsible For You Getting Your Dream Job—Here’s How to Use Them to Your Advantage," 22 Oct. 2018 Some use personality tests and problem sets to weed out applicants, too. Miriam Gottfried, WSJ, "No Experience? No Problem. Private Equity Lures Newbie Bankers With $300,000 Offers.," 31 Oct. 2018 And they are given a personality test, created by the company, that looks for people with empathy and patience and the ability to draw people out in conversation. Tara Bahrampour, latimes.com, "These college students moonlight as 'grandkids' for hire. Seniors love it," 21 June 2018

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personality test

noun

Medical Definition of personality test

: any of several tests that consist of standardized tasks designed to determine various aspects of the personality or the emotional status of the individual examined

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