Investigating Employer Personality Types and Hiring Applicants to Match

Brittany Trubenstein

Abstract


Research shows that employers will be more likely to hire applicants who fit the Big Five Inventories dimension of conscientiousness (Sackett & Walmsley 2014). While personality is a popular area for research, there has been little to no research done to determine if employers will hire applicants who seem to match their own personality types. The purpose of this study is to determine if employers will select applicants who seem to match his/her personality type. It was also speculated that narcissistic individuals would be more likely to hire other narcissistic individuals. Results revealed several significant correlations that provide new insight to the area of employer/applicant personality types. In this study it was determined that the most hired applicant fit the dimension of conscientiousness. It was also found that employers who fit the dimensions of openness and agreeableness were significantly more likely to hire applicants who fit the personality type to match. The applicant who fit the dimension of narcissistic/neurotic was found to be the least likely to hire by almost all (93%) of the participants. The implications of the findings will be discussed further in the following manuscript.


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