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Workplace personality tests are used to sort people according to various thinking styles, such as into/extroversion and thinking/feeling.
Many psychologists feel that the theory behind the different categories fails to predict performance or to find high-performing candidates. Some critics even claim that it is a pseudoscience.
Recently, six traits were identified that are consistently linked to workplace success: Conscientiousness, adjustment, ambiguity acceptance, curiosity, courage, and competitiveness.
Each trait may have drawbacks at extremes. The relative importance of each trait will be determined by the job you are doing. Knowing the traits can also aid in personal development so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses and the ways you may account for them.
People with high adjustment can cope well with anxieties under pressure. Stress doesn't negatively influence their behavior and decision-making.
People with low scores on this scale can suffer from poor performance at work, but reframing a stressful situation as a potential for growth can help.
People with a high tolerance for ambiguity can take in many viewpoints before coming to a decision. They find it easier to react to changes and to cope with complex problems.
People with a low ambiguity tolerance may be dictatorial, but this can be useful when a more ordered approach is needed.
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