Understanding Psychometrics

I have to admit that psychometrics have long been a misunderstood and often misused staple of the Human Resources profession that I have been a part of.

The majority of today's HR professionals will have used psychometrics in one form or another as either a selection tool to identify the perfect candidate or as a tool to explain why an existing staff member is the "wrong fit". 

In my experience, psychometrics are often designed and used (incorrectly) to understand people so as to assign them into a 'box', or 'type', to be able to better manage them.

Worse still, many hiring managers are encouraged to define the 'box' candidates need to fit into even before the screening process starts.

It is my experience, that the better use of psychometrics is to understand people so as not to restrict them to a box and thus get the best out of them. This approach empowers the individual by understanding their natural MO, as well as being able to share this understanding with their team, colleagues, family or others they interact with.

There is value in almost all types of psychometric testing, but the value is in how the results are used and shared, not somehow dependent on the magic of results themselves.

Kolbe - a tool to help understand and develop team dynamics.

Interested in pschometrics - but without the mumbojumbo? Kolbe is well worth a look. Rather than being a typical Cognitive (IQ) test or personality test, it is conative. Wikipedia explains; The conative is one of three parts of the mind, along with the affective and cognitive. In short, the cognitive part of the brain has to do with intelligence, the affective deals with emotions and the conative drives how one acts on those thoughts and feelings.


Click on the link below if you want to do your own individual Kolbe profile. 

Kobe A profile

Click below if you want an introduction to how Kolbe can be used to understand team dynamics?

Strengths Finder - your greatest talents are hiding in plain sight.

StrengthsFinder is a fully research supported tool developed by Gallup (over 11 million have completed the profile), that provides a framework to be able to discover and get the best out of people by identifying their natural talents, skills and abilities.

Strengths is not an IQ test, nor does it seek to define you by 'personality type', but rather focuses on natural preferences (Strengths) and shows how these make up your unique and valued contribution to those you interact with.



Click below to find out more or to connect with a StrengthsFinder coach.

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