Home > Thought Leadership > Power of Personality

Human resource decisions such as hiring the right people and matching employees to the right jobs are crucial for organizations. Poor decisions can cost thousands of dollars in wasted recruitment and training costs, low productivity, and missed business opportunity. Determining which individuals possess the personality associated with effective work behaviors is key to successful employee selection and development.

Research has shown that for many types of jobs, the personality of an employee is as important as cognitive ability. But how do you determine whether individuals have the right behavioral styles for your jobs? Personality assessments or inventories are tools that allow organizations to objectively assess job applicant and employees on their behavioral work styles and accurately match them to job requirements.

  • Applications
  • AAI Advantage
  • Employee Selection – Choosing the right employees for jobs is mission-critical for organizations. Not only does effective selection lead to better individual performance of essential tasks, but it also provides a high-quality pool of workers from which teams can be built and leaders can be drawn. AAI’s personality assessments help the employer “get it right” from the outset, because hiring mistakes can have lasting impact.
  • Career Development – AAI’s personality assessments provide detailed information for career development assessment and feedback. This information allows organizations to identify and cultivate employees who possess qualities that make them high-potential for expanded and new organizational roles. Furthermore, our personality assessments can be used to provide feedback to workers who may not fully recognize the strengths they can leverage and the areas in which they can further improve.
  • Leadership Development & Coaching – An organization with ineffective leaders is like a rudderless ship. Identifying and developing successful leaders is a must. AAI’s personality assessments identify the leadership style strengths and weaknesses of managers, employees and job applicants. Furthermore, our assessments pinpoint contexts in which an individual’s leadership style is likely to be effective and ineffective. With this information, an organization can gauge who would make the best leader for a particular setting, and assess the leadership developmental needs of managers and prospective managers.
  • Team Building & Team Effectiveness – AAI’s personality inventories assess an applicant’s or employee’s tendencies toward cooperation, concern for others, and diplomacy; qualities necessary for the effective formation and functioning of work groups. In today’s demanding workplace, the complexity and time-sensitivity of projects make the lone wolf an endangered species. Our assessments can help an organization ascertain who would fit best in a team environment and how employees can mature into more effective team members.
  • Organizational Effectiveness – An organization’s success depends upon the effective performance of its managers and employees; individually, as team players, as leaders, and as direct reports. AAI’s personality inventories systematically assess qualities of managers, employees and job applicants that contribute to the organization’s effectiveness. In addition, our assessments provide feedback that allows the organization and its members to cultivate members’ strengths and improve those areas in which further development would be helpful. Hence, the PWBI is a key organizational effectiveness tool.
  • Optimizing Human Potential & Effectiveness – In addition to providing rewards to the organization, AAI’s personality assessments benefit managers, employees and job applicants by showing them their strengths and areas for development. Employees generally want to add value and feel needed within the organization. Our assessments and reports clearly communicate an employees’ strengths and potential development areas; which can empower them to optimize their human potential and effectiveness.

Synthesizing the last 30 years of research on personality assessment at work, AAI has developed several personality instruments to meet the specific needs of your organization. AAI’s personality assessments are based on the Big 5 personality factors found in research separated into 21 behavioral work styles. All of our personality instruments are derived from these 21 factors.