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Measuring Optimism

Optimism is a natural tendency to think positively about other people and the future, no matter what is happening.

Optimism Soft Skills

Understanding whether a candidate leans more skeptical or more optimistic is critical to understanding their general attitude towards work and new opportunities.

Personality assessments helps employers by measuring the optimism of prospective candidates so they understand where on the spectrum a candidate falls, and what impact this is likely to have on their ability to succeed in the role.

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People who are optimistic are:

  • Cheerful
  • Friendly
  • Positive
  • Upbeat

HighMatch creates custom job profiles which identify the personality traits, cognitive abilities and the skills required for success in the role and at your company, using straightforward language to ensure high adoption and usage by your teams. 

Optimism in the Workplace

Skeptical: People lower in optimism tend to be more skeptical. They are more likely to identify potential problems, but at extremes, often worry about what could go wrong.

Optimistic: People higher in optimism tend to feel enthusiastic and upbeat most of the time. At extremes, they are more likely to ignore potential problems or warnings.

HighMatch helps organizations determine what levels of optimism are critical for success in each job by looking at the characteristics of top performers and finding the commonalities.

Roles requiring optimism:

  • Designers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Executives
  • Performers

HighMatch candidate reports make it crystal clear if candidates possess the innate talents, defined by you based on the needs of the role and the organization, to succeed in the job.

Employees whose talents fit the job are more productive, happier and stay longer.

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Wayne Homes uses HighMatch to Identify Qualified Applicants

Hear from Michael Luckie-Ewing, former VP of People and Culture at Wayne Homes, a custom home builder serving 5 states for over 40 years.

Michael and his team used HighMatch to better filter applicants for the qualities and skills that contribute to success across every role in their organization.

Measuring Optimism

in an Interview

During the interview, you can gauge a candidate’s optimism by asking them to describe how they handled past situations.

You can ask how much thought they give to potential problems that could occur when approaching difficult situations. If they spend a lot of time thinking through problems or express concern about the outcome, they may be more skeptical.

You could also ask how they think their outlook has affected others with whom you’ve worked. Their answer should give clues as to where they fall on the optimism spectrum.

HighMatch reports come with interview guides that are tailored to each candidate.

Each guide offers questions based on each person’s personality, making it easy for you to ask informed questions to help you get to know the candidate beyond their resume and experience.

The HighMatch Personality Assessment

HighMatch directly measures Optimism, among six other core personality traits, as part of its personality assessment.

Our talent consulting team partners with organizations to develop hiring profiles that outline what levels of each trait influence success in a given role.

Once a candidate takes the assessment, their results are compared to the hiring profile to produce a job fit score.

Job fit scores make it clear if a person is a high, medium or low fit for the job based on the predefined profile.

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It’s an objective, downloadable report created by our team of Industrial & Organizational (I/O) psychologists that outlines what to consider when evaluating assessment vendors. 

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