I’VE TAKEN A FEW PSYCHOMETRIC ASSESSMENTS IN MY TIME – AND NOT JUST THE SCHOOL DAYS ONES, WHERE YOU GET TOLD YOUR IDEAL PROFESSION IS BEING A TREE SURGEON (BUT I’M ABOUT TO START AN ENGLISH LITERATURE DEGREE….?) BUT ALSO THE ONES THAT YOU TAKE BEFORE AN INTERVIEW OR PROMOTION WHEN YOU AND YOUR (POTENTIAL) EMPLOYER WANT TO GET A BIT DEEPER INTO WHAT MAKES YOU TICK.
I’ve always found them frighteningly accurate – yes, I do try to hide stress by keeping busy; and yes, I do tend to analyse everything I hear and accept nothing on face value. Hello the real me – I thought I was hiding you!
Is this something I would have identified about myself without a psychometric assessment? Perhaps. But the value of the product lies in the fact that it identifies this for you and then leaves it open for evaluation.
Your strengths can be ratified and any weaknesses you have can be built upon – you can pick a direction that works for you. If you know that you make yourself busy when stressed, there are many careers out there that would see you thriving.
Hiring managers particularly can find these assessments incredibly useful as a way to guide interview questions; line managers might use them to open up a conversation with an employee being considered for promotion or a new type of role. The really interesting moment for individuals is when they get to read their own results – “phew, not an axe murderer afterall…! In fact it confirms that I love to collaborate, but I could work on my ability to speak up when I disagree with something...”
This self-analysis is a more unusual way of using psychometric testing, as most often the costs of such products are in the Corporate, rather than Personal sphere of attainability. But we’ve recently been looking into a collaboration with Elaura, a company that offers a unique type of testing (The Birkman Method) that relates your character traits to certain types of careers, in an effort to help you discover more about the role in life that is shaped just for you.
For me my love of the outdoors reared its woody head yet again when I took the Birkman Method assessment myself to find out what it was all about. But as Jon Mason, CEO of Elaura explained, what job could be better suited to someone who would hate to be cooped up in an office 50 hours a week, than that of a headhunter? Networking, chatting and meeting new people in various locations of the city is part of our every day lives. Looks like some of those character traits I’ve had my whole life have led me down the right path after all.
For more information and details on how to take part in 33 Talent’s upcoming Talent Seminar on career developement (in partnership with Elaura) for candidates, jobseekers and anyone interested in getting more out of their career please contact email@example.com / +65 83210545