The Antecedents Effect of the Big Five Personality Traits on Strengthen Teamwork and Interpersonal Skills among Yemeni Higher Education Graduates

Fatihya Mahdi Ahmed Ali, Norzieiriani Ahmad, Abdul Rahim Othman


Teamwork and interpersonal skills are often cited as key criteria for hiring higher education graduates. Due to increasing importance of these skills, this study aimed to evaluate the effect of personality traits on strengthening teamwork and interpersonal skills among higher education graduates. To test the hypothesized model of this study, the data were collected from graduates recently hired in private sector corporations in Sana’a, Yemen using a self-administered questionnaire. Out of 220 distributed questionnaires, 134 questionnaires retuned completed and used for the final analysis. Data was analyzed using Partial Least Square Structural Equation Modelling. The results of this study were supported the hypothesized relationships proposed in this study. The results indicated that the Big Five Personality traits have significant effects on strengthen graduates’ teamwork and interpersonal skills. With the exception of negative effect of neuroticism trait, all traits used in this study cause a positive significant effect strengthen graduates’ teamwork and interpersonal skills. This study contributes to the growing literature on strengthening graduates skills. The originality value of this study stems from that it is considered as the first empirical study that examines the collective effect of personal characteristics on strengthening the teamwork and interpersonal skills among graduates.


Teamwork and Interpersonal Skills; Personality Traits; Higher Education Graduates; Agreeableness; Conscientiousness

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