Personality assessment may help new graduates find the appropriate jobs

Lawrence,KS (06-23-1999)

From University Daily Kansan
By Ronnie Watcher

This summer, recent University of Kansas graduates are stuffing the mail boxes of prospective employers with resumes and cover letters. Meanwhile, the class of 2000 waits in the wings with resumes in hand, to fill any positions that may be left.

Ann Rickman believes there is a better way. She would like to see the businesses come to the candidates.

Rickman is the vice-president of DiscoverME, an Internet-based job placement service, which matches prospective employees with businesses based on the candidates personality type.

We have a personality assessment on our Web site, which candidates fill out and submit to us, Rickman said. We then provide that assessment to interested employers.

The groups Web site, which can be accessed at, was built by the Information and Telecommunication Technology Center, a University-based service.

Rickman said that DiscoverME based its personality assessment on the Five Factor Model of personality traits. She said the model which assesses ones extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, openness to experience and emotional stability was considered by most psychologists to be the key to understanding human personality.

Nobody tries to rationalize what characteristics mean, we just present them to employers, Rickman said. Its objective.

University students or graduates interested in using DiscoverMEs service can fill out a basic identification form on the Web site, which begins the personality assessment. Candidates are given statements in the assessment and asked how strongly they agree or disagree with them.

Its very non-threatening, Rickman said. All of this takes about an hour.

Mark Dienes, 1999 University graduate, heard about DiscoverME and registered with the service. He said that DiscoverMEs approach to the job market was interesting, but its Web site was not perfect.

It takes a long time over the Internet, Id much rather just talk to somebody, in person or over the phone, Dienes said. Its nice that you get to put down skills and experience that dont relate just to your degree, though.

Based in Overland Park, DiscoverME went online in January, after almost two years of research, development and working with University psychologists and ITTC technicians.

They were great, Rickman said of ITTCs performance in building Its amazing because most groups were charging 20 times what ITTC asked, and it was the group that seemed to have the best grasp of how complex it really was.

Rickman said that DiscoverME was currently working with candidates in 37 countries and Fortune 1000 companies in several fields.

For more information, contact ITTC.

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