Are Assessments Good For Your Career?
Assessments, from heavily researched personality tests to the scores of instruments that measure “personal styles” in some manner, are praised by publishers and criticized by a variety of sources including academics. In addition, I’ve recently seen an article providing “tips” on how to take these types of tests. I will first admit that I am a firm supporter of testing if done correctly and used the right way in the right situations. I’ve taken scores of “assessments,” administered hundreds in a variety of settings, and completed graduate level education in psychological testing.
Myers-Briggs And Other “Style” AssessmentsWhile I’ve always been sensitive to articles criticizing testing, I was recently piqued by an article challenging the Myers-Briggs (MBTI) assessment on three points:
- Low reliability, particularly “test-retest” reliability.
- The assessment “puts you in a box,” labeling as a particular set of letters, e.g., ENTJ
- The assessment purports to “guide to a perfect career.”