Personality Testing for Teamwork

Teamwork is collaboration in the workplace — a group effort to achieve a shared goal wherein each person brings their skillset and cooperation to work alongside others.

Team players are:

  • Cooperative
  • Active listeners
  • Accountable
  • Flexible
  • Able to communicating clearly
  • Open to feedback
  • Skilled at resolving issues
  • Respectful of other opinions

Why is teamwork important in the workplace?

All jobs require employees to interact and work with others, so teamwork is a valuable skill. A team player is reliable, willing to chip in when needed, and keeps the greater good in mind. Team players boost morale and influence business results positively.

While all positions require some level of teamwork, specific jobs require more collaboration and interaction with others.

  • Human resource professionals
  • Consultants
  • Law enforcement
  • Athletes
  • Chefs & food service workers
  • Construction managers
  • Medical assistants

To build an effective team, it is important that each team member be well suited for the role. The best time to do this is during the hiring process. Berke works with organizations to benchmark current employees to understand which personality traits impact job performance. Benchmark findings inform hiring profiles which describe the ideal candidate.

Related skills.

How to assess teamwork skills in an interview.

During an interview, you have the opportunity to learn about a candidate’s attitude toward teamwork. Ask the candidate to describe instances in which they have worked with a team for a shared goal. Ask them how they have worked through differences with colleagues, and how they approach relationship building. If the candidate fails to take ownership of failures or if they fail to acknowledge their teammates' contributions to successes, he or she may not be a team player. Other red flags are: speaking negatively about team members and an inability to offer thought-out solutions for ways to work through issues or ideas to build relationships with teammates.

Berke reports come with interview guides that are personalized to every candidate to help you ask great questions. 82% of customers say that Berke guides help them conduct more effective interviews.

How Berke helps with team building.

Personality tests are designed to gather information about a person’s communication style, motivators, and emotional qualities – all of which impact how a person approaches teamwork.

Of the seven traits that Berke measures, Adaptability and Sociability impact teamwork the most. Adaptability is someone’s natural tendency to adapt to people’s feelings. Sociability is a natural tendency to seek out interactions with people. However, all seven personality traits impact someone’s working and communication style. So, it’s best to assess all personality traits, the job requirements, and the dynamics of the team when developing your target hiring profile. A well-developed hiring profile will ensure you align the right type of person with the right job and the right team.

Part of building a team is understanding your team members. Berke offers Spotlight Reports which allow you to get to know team members outside of job requirements. Berke customers use these reports to facilitate conversations among team members.

Berke helps you build effective teams. 

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