Psychometrics in recruiting can help define the job specification, assist in competency-based interviewing, allow insights into candidates’ innate personal traits which can predict their behaviour at work. A report on Personal Style analysis can not only ensure more effectively planned interviews, but can also be used by employers for induction and integration by supplying advance information regarding personal development needs.
OptionsMost organisations that employ full time human resource specialists already use one or more instruments for personal assessment purposes.
Some, like Belbin’s Team Role Analysis, focus on a particular competency. Others, like Myers Briggs Type Indicator, analyse personal traits across common generalist traits (eg extroversion/introversion) which can then be mapped onto a more detailed competency matrix, usually showing 8 or 16 personality factors (such as 16 PF and OPQ).
The most widely used tools stem from the “DISC” matrix system which began commercial use in the USA in the 1960’s and whose original methodology comes from the Lie Detector in the 1940’s. Today’s tools are low-cost (£25-75 each), easy to administer (10-30 minutes) and can either produce detailed reports for long term personal development planning, or a single page summary for one-off recruitment purposes.