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      Cowen Partners Recognizes the Top Personality Tests in 2020

      Cowen Partners, a national executive search firm, announced today the winners of its 2020 Best-of Awards Program for personality tests. They have rounded up the best personality tests for employers to identify top job candidates, all while working remotely and avoiding face to face interviews.

      Are you still interviewing and on the hunt for the best candidates? Personality tests can significantly de-risk the candidate interview and hiring process accommodates those working from home.

      The goal of today’s guide is to give you a breakdown of the best employment-based personality tests on the market to save you hours of research time. By the end of this article, you will know which preemployment personality test best fits your candidate screening needs, and how to avoid common pitfalls and acquire the best service provider.

      Best Personality Tests

      The best preemployment personality tests were chosen based on methodologies, longevity, and applicability. Top six personality tests include:

      • Best Personality Test: Myers-Briggs
      • Best Personality Test: Core Values Index (CVI)
      • Best Personality Test: DiSC
      • Best Personality Test: Caliper
      • Best Personality Test: Enneagram
      • Best Personality Test: Wonderic


      The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator is an introspective self-report questionnaire indicating differing psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. The original versions of the MBTI were constructed by two Americans, Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers.

      Core Value Index

      The Core Value Index (CVI) characterizes and measures a person’s real core values nature. This is the essential self that Abraham Maslow asserted is the innate unchanging nature of a person that inscribes where a person can make their highest and most productive contribution to the world.


      DISC is a behavior assessment tool based on the DISC theory of psychologist William Moulton Marston, which centers on four different personality traits which are currently Dominance (D), Influence (I), Steadiness (S), and Conscientiousness (C). This theory was then developed into a behavioral assessment tool by industrial psychologist Walter Vernon Clarke.


      The Caliper Profile is an objective assessment that accurately measures an individual’s personality characteristics and individual motivations in order to predict on-the-job behaviors and potential. Scientifically validated by nearly 6 decades of research, the Caliper Profile measures 22 robust traits and offers local norms for several countries. The assessment data can be utilized throughout the employee lifecycle including: selection, development, promotion, team building, and succession planning.


      The Enneagram is a 3 x 3 arrangement of nine personality types in three Centers. There are three types in the Instinctive Center, three in the Feeling Center, and three in the Thinking Center, as shown below. Each Center consists of three personality types that have in common the assets and liabilities of that Center.


      The Wonderlic Contemporary Cognitive Ability Test is a popular assessment used to measure the cognitive ability and problem-solving aptitude of prospective employees for a range of occupations. It is a proprietary assessment created and distributed by Wonderlic.

      Why use Personality Tests for Hiring?

      Personality tests give employers insight into the strengths and weaknesses of potential hires, including empathy, integrity, drive, and ambition. Used correctly a personality test can even promote objective hiring and prevent discrimination. However, employers should never rely on a personality test as the sole decision maker when hiring.

      Disclosure: While the products and solutions listed above represent the best offerings in their respective categories, Cowen Partners knows that each employer and their hiring situation is unique. To this end, employers should research the above service providers for best results.

      About Cowen Partners Executive Search

      Cowen Partners is a national Executive Search and consulting firm. Our clients are both small and large, publicly traded, private, and non-profit organizations. With our proven processes and guaranteed results, we have successfully placed hundreds of candidates in industries including technology, software, commercial real estate, healthcare, financial services, sales and finance.


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