[IPAC-List] Personality Assessments

Fred Rafilson fred at iosolutions.org
Wed Sep 11 15:23:57 EDT 2013

Hi Barry,

While you may certainly gain some insight from a personality assessment, I think the validity of your decision based on its use would be limited at best. My strong preference would be a well-developed structured oral interview and/or assessment center designed to include exactly those types of situations that are of interest and importance in the agency you are working with. Obviously, designing appropriate rating criteria will be critical.

My two cents!

Fred M. Rafilson, Ph.D. ~ Chief Executive Officer
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Subject: [IPAC-List] Personality Assessments


In a previous professional life, I worked in personnel assessment with a Civil Service Board in Alabama. I have been contacted by another Fire District in our area about helping them with a promotional examination. However, they have concerns that some of the candidates that they believe will do well, would not be a good fit due to the personalities of the potential promotional candidates. Essentially, they are concerned that the individuals' ego would prevent them from being an effective company officer.

Are any of you aware of any assessments that may help to identify those personality traits that may problematic for the District.

Any advice is welcomed.


Barry P. Casey
Executive Assistant to the Chief
Cahaba Valley Fire and EMR District
145 Narrows Dr
Birmingham AL 35242
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