How Personality Is Important For A Good Person Job Fit

882 Words Jul 30th, 2015 4 Pages
Marvin Downard Mgmt 3010 Assignment 2
“We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die.” Albert Camus - French Novelist, Essayist and Playwright, 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature
Understanding the role of personality in the work place is crucial to ensuring a good person job fit. When people go to work they bring with them there individual traits and personalities with them. No matter the position they hold within the company, there personality will dictate the way they approach their work and others within the workplace. Personality can be tough to define, there have been countless attempts to define the abstract thing we refer to as personality. According to Professor John Mayer, “personality is the organized, developing, system within the individual that represents the collective action of that individual’s major psychological subsystems.” By doing job fit testing a Human Resource manager can find the right personality for the right job. As an example it would be a poor fit to put a shy and reserved person in a high-pressure sales position, where they have to make lots of telephone calls. Or someone who is extremely ordered and detailed, taking a job at a start-up, where everyone has broad roles, and all are encouraged to be flexible in how they approach tasks. There are severe down sides to have the wrong type of personality in the wrong position. When a person 's personality doesn 't fit the job, everyone…
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