What is psychometric assessment?
Each person is unique.
How we think, process information, react to challenges and explore options is inherently personal and individualised. We all have strengths and weaknesses but most people are unaware or unclear about what these actually are.
Using gold-standard psychometrics, we can identify a distinct cognitive and personality profile for you. Our service is different from others as we believe in face to face assessment. Having worked in profiling for many years, we find that observations during assessment to be valuable in adding to the overall information that we obtain from the assessment results. If you are interested in finding out more, please do get in touch.
What is measured by the cognitive and personality profile?
As part of the cognitive profile, we focus upon four aspects: Personality, IQ, EQ and cognitive flexibility. People are often skeptical about the stability of psychometrics, but we only use well validated assessments that only highly trained professionals can have access to in order to ensure rigour.
Personality can be measured through standardised assessment. Personality tests have been around for a very long time and are well researched and validated by the academic community. Personality assessments tend to be questionnaire based, the design of questionnaires mean that questions load onto individual facets that then contribute to our understanding of personality factors. We can go into great detail unpicking the facets or present overall factor level data.
General Ability (IQ) is a concept that has a long history that goes in and out of fashion. Although people love to hate the concept of IQ (unless you have a high one that is which then appears to give bragging rights!), it is actually really helpful when used appropriately by properly trained practitioners. Underlying the concept of IQ are many different abilities, some tapping verbal and others more abstract skills and still more that consider aspects of memory important for processing information and processing speed (linked to successful leadership). Through a proper IQ test carried out by doctoral level psychologists you can gain knowledge about strengths and weaknesses. This can enable individuals to think about compensatory strategies (where needed) but from an organisational perspective it can help build a balanced team that are able to support one another.
Emotional Intelligence (EI / EQ) as a concept has grown increasingly popular over the past decade or so. Although the jury is out in the academic papers regarding assessment of EI, there are factors that underpin EI that are agreed within the scientific community. We know these and can look for these during assessment and interviews. EI is a skill that can be developed with supervision, so feedback is key to improving this in your team. However, in order to make change it is helpful for people to have openness (as measured by personality assessment) and cognitive flexibility (see below).
Flexibility is part of a higher level cognition know as executive functions. This skill is very important for success within leadership for a number of reasons that we are happy to discuss with you. If you are recruiting a senior member of your team, we would recommend that you consider cognitive flexibility within your strategy, if could save you problems in the future!
Prior consultation is required to identify which assessment will best meet your requirements. Full informed consent from respondents as well as permission to store data in accordance with the data protection act 1998 and ICO is required in advance of any testing. For ethical practice, results need to be disseminated to participants.
We can provide face-to-face or web based coaching as an additional service to the psychometric assessment. Aims and objectives will be agreed in advance.