Corporate success: Matching staff and employers through personality?

Can a new startup provide a workplace which is truly "right" for you?
Written by Charlie Osborne, Contributing Writer on

Can a new startup provide a workplace which is truly "right" for you?

In the days of continual job-hopping, a fragile economy overlaid with redundancies and strong competition for anything from entry-level jobs to top positions, finding the right role can be a painful process.

The global job market has changed radically in the last few decades. It's not uncommon (rather, just common sense) for those looking to change roles to find another position before handing in their notice, and the next generation are more likely to job-hop than the last.

But could psychological tests match you up with a firm you'd stay in for a longer period?

A new approach to job listings has been created by Good.co -- launched in beta last month -- which relies on psychological elements to find you a role, rather than simply your skills and experience. A proprietary algorithm classifies both job seekers and employers into different personality types, and after signup and completing a questionnaire created by an experimental psychologist, you are given your archetype, as well as company archetypes that provide the best "fit."

After completing the survey, I found that the company summary seems fairly accurate -- an easygoing but underlying competitive atmosphere is where I'd best fit in considering my personality. The test did make me think more about the type of workplace I would want if I was unemployed -- and the few questions that had to be filled out gave me more reflective results than long aptitude tests.

The long-term plans of the project are to bring users and headhunters together in the same manner as LinkedIn is sometimes used as a scouting tool, and Good.co is currently heading towards a fresh round of seed funding. In the meantime, it may help you figure out what type of career or firm you'd work best with.

Read More or take the test: Mashable

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