Should you include personality test results in your resume?

I received a resume last week and the candidate included their results from 3-4 different personality tests. I have never seen this before and thought it was incredibly insightful. I asked a few of my clients/hiring managers what they thought about this and we unanimously decided it was a great idea.

At Pathfinder, we encourage candidates to take psychometric tests so that you know your own personal characteristics/strengths. Call it self-awareness… we believe you have a much better chance of articulating who you are and what you are good at if you have some data to back you up! If you know your results from some of the most common tests, why not try including them in your resume. If nothing else they might create curiosity or a different interviewing approach from the hiring manager.

The most common tests we see our clients using are Gallup StrengthFinderMBTISixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire and DISC. There are obviously other tests for verbal/numerical/logical reasoning but I don’t necessarily think these would be as relevant on a resume. Also remember, good hiring managers don’t make a decision solely based on your test results, they use them as a support tool or to gain deeper insights into what makes you tick.

Many of our clients use these tests as part of their interview process; this is to ensure you are genuinely the person you claim to be and have the skills (soft and hard) that are required in the position. Research has also proven that teams perform more cohesively and effectively when their members have different personalities that complement each other so variety is good. At Pathfinder, we encourage candidates to take psychometric tests so that you know your own personal characteristics/strengths. Call it self-awareness

We believe you have a much better chance of articulating WHO YOU ARE and WHAT YOU ARE GOOD AT if you have some data to back you up! If you know your results from some of the most common tests, why not try including them in your resume? If nothing else it might create curiosity or a different interviewing approach from the hiring manager.

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