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Employment and Cognitive Abilities

Occupational psychologists have used the NEO  personality test extensively and collected a lot of data. There is a path emerging between how we are wired and where we are hired. Openness to Experience has been shown to play an important role in professions in which original thought or emotional intelligence is the order of the day – professions such as consultancy, arbitration and advertising – while individuals scoring lower on this dimension tend to do better in manufacturing or mechanical jobs. Employees scoring medium to high on Conscientiousness (too high and you slip across the border into obsession, compulsion and perfectionisms) tend to excel across the board, the opposite being true for those posting lower scores. Extraverts do well in jobs that require social interaction, while introverts do well in more solitary or reflective professions, such as graphic design and accountancy. Rather like Conscientiousness, Agreeableness is pretty much a universal facilitator of performance, but shows up particularly prominently in occupations where the emphasis is on teamwork or customer service, like nursing and the armed forces, for instance. Lastly we have Neuroticism arguably the most precarious of the NEO’s five dimension. Emotional stability and coolness under pressure can sometimes tip the balance in professions where focus and level headedness have their say (surgeons and cockpit pilot being just two cases) . It should also be remembered that the marriage between neuroticism and creativity is an enduring one.

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