A Look Into Optimize: Some of Psychology’s Most Predictive Traits

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Optimize Hire pre-employment tests were built by psychologists based on the results of decades of published, peer-reviewed research. In addition, Optimize Hire works with psychologists from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania to conduct research on the predictive impact of our tests.

The following traits are included in virtually every Optimize Hire test. Research has found these traits to be applicable to the majority of job types and industries. As always, we stress the importance of never judging a candidate by one particular trait. Optimize Hire provides one overall score for each candidate and a high score, no matter its makeup, indicates a high likelihood for employee success.

Optimize Hire annual licenses include the opportunity to work directly with a psychologist to customize any assessment and test the predictability of any desired traits.

1. Cognitive Ability

Decades of research show that cognitive ability is one of the top predictors of job performance over all other traits. High cognitive ability scores indicate, on average, that that person can learn quickly, learn a lot, and solve problems efficiently. Optimize Hire has various cognitive ability tests that cater directly to your applicants’ education levels and any specific on-the-job knowledge they may need.

2. Conscientiousness


Calling someone conscientious is a fancy way of saying they’re hard-working and organized. Conscientiousness is typically more predictive of employee success than any other personality trait.

Someone who is conscientious is typically on top of their work. They're committed to being a good employee, and they usually complete their work accurately and on time. Conscientious people also tend to think ahead to determine how their work will impact others. For example, a conscientious financial analyst will create Excel documents that are organized, readable, and get to the point quickly, rather than ones that require lengthy explanations.

3. Emotional Stability

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Emotional stability refers to an employee’s social strengths. High emotional stability scores indicate, on average, a calm employee who works well with most colleagues and welcomes constructive criticism. Pressure affects all of us differently, but employees with high emotional stability are likely to thrive in spite of pressure because of their ability to block out outside noise and focus on the task at hand.

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4. Motivation

Most people are familiar with the frequently discussed intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. The Optimize Hire tests score intrinsic motivation, in addition to three other lesser-known types that have been consistently proven to predict employee success, including Dr. Adam Grant’s famous prosocial motivation. Based on research from various psychologists across the world including Dr. Grant, people with high scores in any of the four types of motivation tested by Optimize Hire are better performers on the job.