Gold­man Sachs to start us­ing ‘per­son­al­ity test’

New Straits Times - - Business -

NEW YORK: Gold­man Sachs Group Inc plans to be­gin us­ing a “per­son­al­ity test” as part of the hir­ing process for po­si­tions in its bank­ing, trad­ing and fi­nance and risk di­vi­sions, said a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive on Wed­nes­day.

The bank would be­gin pi­lot­ing the test in the United States on sum­mer in­tern can­di­dates who would be start­ing next year, said Matt Ja­han­souz, Gold­man’s global head of re­cruit­ing.

He said fu­ture job can­di­dates would be given the test be­fore their sec­ond round of in­ter­views at the bank. Their an­swers would be com­pared with cur­rent em­ploy­ees who ex­hib­ited traits that marked high per­for­mance such as team­work, an­a­lyt­i­cal think­ing and judg­ment, said Ja­han­souz.

Can­di­dates’ results on the test would be just one fac­tor in the fi­nal hir­ing de­ci­sion, which would also in­clude in­ter­views, said Ja­han­souz.

Banks like Gold­man are turn­ing to non-tra­di­tional ways of eval­u­at­ing new hires at a time when they are un­der pres­sure to lure and re­tain top tal­ent. Reuters

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