psychometric assessment

The Limitations for Coaching and Development of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and other Preference-Based Personality Questionnaires

MBTI and Other Personality Questionnaires – Employee Selection and Development

Psychometric assessment has become standard practice for most global organizations and companies with a keen interest in thorough employee selection and development. Today psychometric assessment is used by more than 80% of the Fortune 500 companies in the USA and by over 75% of the Times Top 100 companies in the UK.

Never before has the appropriate selection of effective psychometric assessment tools been more important.

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Beyond Your Box

What Motivates You?

If you’re in the business of developing people and growing human potential, consider for a moment these questions:

  • What motivates you to do this kind of work?
  • What really stimulates and inspires you about your job?
  • What aids and supports you in bringing out the best in others?
  • What would take your coaching and mentoring relationships to that next level?

Many people development professionals are inspired by helping individuals and teams expand their potential, enhance their performance, and reach goals beyond the barriers that had held them back before. As coaches, mentors, and managers we are stimulated and greatly encouraged by the positive shifts people make as a result of our coaching and mentoring conversations with them.

But most coaches, mentors, and managers eventually reach a point in their professional development where they look for something more – something to expand their own performance and effectiveness. When this happens we search for a training course, a book, new method, or an assessment tool that will open up new avenues of intervention for us.

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The Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT)

There are various different tools and tests in the market for emotional intelligence assessment and development, and MSCEIT is one of those.  MSCEIT is an acronym and stands for the “Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test”.  This test stemmed from research first carried out in 1990 by Mayer & Salovey, and it was refined and developed over the ensuing years.

Some emotional intelligence tests focus on self-awareness and perceptions, or on identifying behaviour preferences.  The MSCEIT is a test which aims to focus on assessing emotional ability.

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The Myers Briggs Test

The Myers Briggs test (full name Myers Briggs Type Indicator) is a well-known psychometric questionnaire which seeks to reveal personal preferences in personality perceptions.  It is usually used as a tool for team building, career development and self awareness.

First published in 1962, the Myers Briggs test borrows from Carl Jung’s typological theories in his eponymous work “Psychological Types”.  The main psychological types are broken down into 4 different dimensions of personality, split into 4 possible dichotomies – these are pairs of mutually exclusive preferences for which an individual is classified.

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The Psychometric Assessment And Its Application To Recruitment

A psychometric assessment is something which may send shudders down a job candidate’s spine when he is told he has to undergo one.  It is usually seen as a challenging test to take, and most candidates do worry if it will conclude that they possess some character flaws or flag up some fundamental inadequacies in ability.

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