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The Adaptability Test is a tool used to measure a job candidate's ability to adapt to new surroundings, routines, and change. The test consists of self-evaluation questions that gauge how well the candidate can handle unfamiliar situations and change. This test is useful for employers who want to get an idea of how well a potential employee would cope with new challenges on the job.

About the HiPeople Adaptability Test

The Adaptability Test at a Glance

When to use: This test can be used at any stage of the hiring process but may be most relevant in an early stage when getting to know the candidate.

Example question : Candidates rate how well they can perform a set of activities on a scale from one to seven. This is an example of an activity: "Try new things".

Response time: 2 minutes.

Result: An easy-to-interpret score that is benchmarked against hundreds of other candidates!

The Science Behind the Adaptability Test

The Adaptability Test is a tool that was originally developed as part of the Behavioral, Emotional, and Social Skills Inventory (BESSI). The BESSI is a comprehensive inventory that was designed to measure an individual's soft skills. The BESSI was developed by leading personality researchers Christopher Soto and Brent Roberts. It has been shown to be a reliable and valid predictor of important life outcomes.

The Adaptability Test provides valid and reliable information about an individual's ability to adapt to new situations. This information can be extremely helpful for recruiters who are looking for candidates who will thrive in their organization

If you are interested in the science behind the BESSI, start with this scientific publication.

Qualities of a Candidate With High Adaptability Test Scores

One of the best things about people who score high on the Adaptability Test is that they are often willing to try new things. This can be a great asset in the workplace, as it allows them to adapt to new surroundings and routines relatively easily. Additionally, these individuals are often comfortable stepping out of their comfort zones – which can lead to learning new skills or trying unfamiliar tasks. Ultimately, someone with a high degree of adaptability is likely to be successful in navigating through change – both in and out of the workplace.

Optimal Roles for a High-Scoring Candidate

  • Sales Representative. A sales representative needs to be able step out of their comfort zone in order to make a sale. They also need to be able to try something that's unfamiliar, such as a new product, and adapt to change, such as a new sales territory.
  • Chef. A chef needs to be able to try new things in order to create new dishes. They also need to be able to adapt to new surroundings, such as a new kitchen, and adjust to new routines, such as a new menu.
  • Consultant. Consultants need to be able adapt to new surroundings, such as a client workspace. They also need adjust to new routines, such as a new processes.

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