Chapter 7. Assessing Personality by Questionnaire

DO you Worry about Awful Things that Might Happen?

  1. Mark Cook

Published Online: 30 JUN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470742723.ch7

Personnel Selection: Adding Value Through People, Fifth Edition

Personnel Selection: Adding Value Through People, Fifth Edition

How to Cite

Cook, M. (2008) Assessing Personality by Questionnaire, in Personnel Selection: Adding Value Through People, Fifth Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470742723.ch7

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JUN 2010
  2. Published Print: 22 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470986455

Online ISBN: 9780470742723

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Keywords:

  • assessing personality by questionnaire;
  • method variance problem - measuring trait by measure - multi-trait multi-method measurement;
  • writing personality questionnaire (PQ) construction and showing validation;
  • big five personality factors and five-factor model (FFM);
  • higher-order factors - exvia-invia and anxiety, in Cattell's 16 personality actors;
  • A-S-A model - personalities attracted to psychology (attraction);
  • stress-tolerance scales existing - jobs requiring ability to cope with pressure;
  • multiple correlation - assessing power of FFM factors predicting work performance;
  • Honesty tests (HTs) aka integrity tests;
  • dealing with faking good in PQs

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Using PQs in selection

  • Question 1 – the right personality?

  • Question 2 – will he/she do the job well?

  • Question 3 – has he/she got a good attitude to work?

  • Question 4 – will he/she behave badly at work?

  • Alternatives to the FFM

  • Question 5 – will the team work well?

  • Complexities of PQ validity

  • The problem of faking

  • Assertion 1 – people tell the truth on PQs when applying for jobs

  • Assertion 2 – faking does not reduce PQ validity

  • Assertion 3 – faking is not a real issue

  • Dealing with faking good in PQs

  • PQs, law and fairness

  • Key points

  • Key references

  • Useful websites