Leadership genes? Should companies be allowed to use DNA tests to screen applicants?

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[On Oct. 2016], Gartner analysts David Furlonger and Stephen Smith presented an idea at a symposium for information technology executives that the company itself acknowledges as “maverick” — a future where genetics plays a bigger role in the hiring process.

Imagine a future, where new products or services offer employers a way to genetically screen job applicants for traits such as honesty, leadership, being a team player, having a high level of emotional intelligence. Is it even possible?

“If I was a company and one of these people came to me offering to do genetic testing for screening potential employees, I would hold onto my wallet,” said Jonathan Moreno, professor of ethics at the University of Pennsylvania.


Very little behavior can be predicted from genetics, he said.

Genetic testing for job candidates reminds Moreno of the intelligence tests that were popular a hundred years ago, which didn’t give employers an edge.

Employers would be better off putting a candidate in a role-playing situations where they could see how the person worked as a part of team or solved problems, said Moreno.


The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: There Is No Leadership Gene

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