Combine Lenses to See a More Complete Picture When Hiring or Developing

Have you ever hired someone and realized later you misjudged their strengths? Combining assessments allows you to evaluate the whole person and bring more to the surface about an individual. The most frequent combination of assessments includes personality (i.e. “will or prefers to do”) with ability (i.e. “can do”). View some of our multi-lens combinations:

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Learn about Workplace Personality Inventory, Core Abilities Assessment, Watson-Glaser II Critical Thinking Appraisal, and Golden Personality Type Profiler.

How Much Can Multiple Views Increase My Hiring Accuracy?

The combination of a personality and an ability assessment can tell you much more about a candidate while also increasing the validity and defensibility of your selection decisions. For example, adding a measure of conscientiousness (as measured by a personality assessment) can increase the validity of a selection program consisting of an ability-only assessment by up to 18% (Schmidt & Hunter, 1998). In addition, combining ability and personality can often reduce the impact of group differences that frequently result from cognitive ability assessments alone.

Spotlight On Golden + Watson: A Development Powerhouse

Combining Golden and Watson-Glaser II results offers managers, coaches and trainers a comprehensive picture of an individual to enhance development interventions. The Golden expands the information available from the Watson-Glaser II by providing insights on preferences related to decision-making and interpersonal style. For example, in a highly dynamic, fast-paced environment, it may be necessary to coach a potentially strong critical thinker who is tense under pressure to control their stress levels so that their critical thinking skills can shine through. Similarly, a highly extraverted, impulsive employee with low critical thinking skills may be coached to slow down and carefully think through issues before reacting.

Hiring Scenarios – How to Combine Assessments for Maximum Results


Senior Financial Analyst

Acme Corp has an open Sr. Financial Analyst position to assist with the budget and forecast process; track, analyze, and report financials; and work on special projects. This work requires an analytical, accurate, and detail-oriented professional.

Approach to Combining Assessments

The primary requirements of this job involve careful analysis, critical thinking, and numerical reasoning. Personality factors are also important, but probably not as much as thinking ability and financial acumen in this position. A combination of the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal and Advanced Numerical Reasoning Appraisal might be the best predictor of success.

Responsibilities & Qualifications

  • Assist in the budget and forecast process
  • Track expenditures to ensure actual and committed amounts
  • Work with Accounting and Corporate Finance to prepare capital expenditure requests, track hardware/software maintenance accounts, and forecast depreciation/amortization
  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of accuracy
  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • Ability to analyze large amounts of data and identify patterns and trends

Utility Technician

ABC Energy has Utility Technician positions available for 1st and 2nd shifts. The employee will perform equipment repairs and preventative maintenance tasks. They will also assist electricians and engineers in the field.

Combining Ability & Personality Assessments

Applicants must have mechanical aptitude, and an assessment such as the Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test will provide this information. In addition, a work-style assessment such as the Workplace Personality Inventory will indicate if the applicant can work under pressure (Stress-Tolerance), be thorough and accurate (Dependability; Attention to Detail), and work well with team members (Cooperation).

Responsibilities & Qualifications

  • Experience in a commercial or industrial setting with powered conveyors and cranes
  • Experience with high-voltage material handling and environmental hazards
  • Thoroughness and accuracy in performing assigned tasks
  • Ability to work under pressure and time constraints
  • Ability to lift over 50 lbs and climb
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills to interact appropriately with maintenance team

Software Project Manager

EZ Software Corp is hiring a project manager to monitor & track progress of software development projects. This hire is crucial as s/he will ensure projects meet success criteria, such as on time, to budget and quality expectations.

Single or Multi-lens?

Although multiple assessments are best, business realities (time, budget, etc.) often limit the number of assessments that can be used. Project managers are constantly evaluating their options and debating trade-offs, so the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal will likely be the best single predictor of success. A personality test could also be added to measure Assertiveness and Stress Tolerance.

Responsibilities & Qualifications

  • Communicate risks and issues within each project while also identifying areas of improvement
  • Rescue failing projects by assuming project management responsibilities
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Flexibility, an ability to adapt style to suit the situation
  • Strong follow-up skills and a problem solving approach
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities and organize personal workloads
  • Strong influencing skills at all levels