Job performance depends on both ability and motivation. Getting people with the necessary abilities is one thing. Just as important today is finding people who will fit into the working environment. This is where personality tests provide useful information about certain characteristics that cannot be assessed by interview alone.
A Personality Profile Report takes into account the duties, responsibilities and working conditions associated with the specific vacancy and relates these to the applicants’ strengths and weaknesses in the context of the job.
Through discussion with the employer, a profile of the ideal candidate for the position is drawn up. For example, in a highly stressful supervisory position which requires dealing with conflict, the ideal candidate would have low anxiety levels and a realistic (as opposed to over-emotional) approach to people and problems.
Reasons for either recommending the individual or perhaps being very cautious regarding him are put forward. The report is directed towards certain things that should be probed at interview. This means that interviews are not carried out “blind” and weak points in candidates can be sign-posted.
Personality tests may be administered to groups or individuals. Applicants answer questions relating to personal preferences. The tests are scored and the profile report is then written up. Administration is carried out at the University or in the company’s premises. Scoring and reporting are done by us and included in the overall fee. We have our own unique database of test results from hundreds of previous job applicants that give our reports more relevance.
Despite what some consultancy companies will tell you, academic research has confirmed that personality reports are not valid enough to use on their own as a selection hurdle. They should only be used in combination with other methods to highlight important aspects of the applicant to the selection board.
We have designed method for short-listing the type of applicants that you need. This offers a number of significant advantages over traditional methods of short-listing. We can help cut the wheat from the chaff.
We offer a training course in the theory and practice of objective behavioural and situational interviewing. This improves interviewers skills in structuring questions, evaluating answers and being aware of biases.
Psychometrica International has been trading for thirty years. The company was set up in a University context but is now an independent registered company run by Dr. Murray Porteous.
Psychometrica International has designed and applied numerous job-related Psychometric assessment systems and carried out Psychometric Research and development in client companies.
Our Psychometric tests and procedures are adapted and built specifically for a given job/company situation taking into account the job skills and company culture.