HighMatch Personality Assessment

Work Ethic Skills

Work ethic is commonly defined as a set of values centered on the importance of work, often reflected in a desire to work hard and excel in the role they are in.

Work Ethic and Motivation Assessment

Personality assessment tests, like the work ethic skills and motivation assessment, help employers understand the type of person a candidate is, how reliable, and task-oriented they are.

A person’s work ethic describes their desire to do their job and meet expectations.

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People with strong work ethics & motivation:

  • Are Reliable
  • Are organized
  • Want to do well
  • Are cooperative
  • Follow the rules
  • Produce high quality work
  • Are accountable for mistakes

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.

Work Ethic and Motivation
in the Workplace

Employees with a strong work ethic are critical to organizational success. When team members are motivated to succeed, managers can spend time fostering their growth, rather than simply trying to get them to meet expectations. Professionals who come to work ready to contribute and are eager to learn, boost company morale, and productivity.

Team dynamics suffer when an employee isn’t contributing or lacks positivity. Similarly, when a team member frequently misses work, is late to meetings, or doesn’t meet deadlines, team morale declines and frustrations grow.

Jobs that require higher levels of work ethic & motivation include:

  • Remote Professionals
  • Real Estate Agents
  • Field Sales Reps
  • In-Home Caregivers

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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Related Skills

Work ethic is a term that encompasses many traits such as:

  • Integrity
  • Teamwork
  • Adaptability
  • Communication

How to Assess Work Ethic
& Motivation in an Interview

During the interview, you can pose questions to better understand a candidate’s work ethic. It is best to ask open-ended questions, and questions that require candidates to draw upon past experiences.

If the candidate has trouble thinking of examples or provides generic responses, they may struggle with work ethic. You want the candidate to provide detailed, real-world examples.

Regarding past experiences, you could ask candidates for specific examples of how they have had to self-manage without direct supervision. How did they ensure the work got done?

HighMatch provides interview guides tailored to each candidate. Each guide offers questions based on each person’s personality and skills, making it easy for you to ask thought-provoking questions to help you get to know the candidate beyond their resume and experience.

The HighMatch Work Ethic Skills Assessment

HighMatch measures three traits that relate to work ethic and motivation – Assertiveness, Intensity and Structure – and offers the ability to couple this work ethic skills assessment for these traits with skills assessments from our massive library of tests.

Assertiveness is the tendency to take the initiative; intensity is the tendency to have a sense of urgency as it relates to work; while structure is the tendency to seek correctness and precision.

Our talent consulting Services team partners with organizations to develop job profiles that outline what levels of each trait, like introversion and extraversion, 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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