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Psychometric Tests – Do they matter?

sychometric Tests – Do they matter?

Psychometric Tests – Do they matter?

The objectives of psychometric tests are the measurement of skills and knowledge, abilities, attitudes, personality traits, and educational achievement. It seems everybody has something to say about psychometric tests, and in particular, IQ tests. This has lead many people  asking questions like, “Do they work?” “Are they accurate?” and basically,  “Do they even matter?”

We found this excellent TED talk where Nathan Kuncel, professor of industrial-organizational psychology at the university of Minnesota, talks about standardized IQ tests and that there is quite a lot we can learn from them.

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Psychometric Testing – Personality Assessments

Personality Assessments

Personality Assessments

There are a number of articles on this blog about psychometric tests. In this post we will explore the ‘why’ of tests. Often companies and candidates use and have to go through the ordeal of psychometric tests without really understanding why they have to do the tests and what the value is.

The question is thus: “Why do we do Personality Tests and why are they useful?” Before we can explore the why we first need to understand what it is that we are talking about.

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ENFP – JTI – The Sixteen Types

jtiENFP – A Brief Description

An alternative to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ®, the JTI assesses personality within Jung’s framework of Psychological Type. In addition to identifying a person’s preferred Type the JTI uses a scaled approach to each dimension, giving a more detailed description of preference than most Type indicators.

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Presenter types

Presenter types

Presenter types

Presentations, from a sales pitch or training session to an annual report,  can either be an invigorating experience or it can be a moment of dread for both presenter and audience. Many argue that it is the presentation content that determines how interesting a presentation is, but it is not the only determining factor.

While preparing for a new Sales Training course we came across this insightful survey on the Make a Powerful Point blog. In a post by Gavin McMahon,  founding partner at Fassforward Consulting Group, he writes that there are 6 types of presenters. He states that, “If you understand which one you are, if you understand where your strengths and weaknesses lie, you can get better.”

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If you’re not looking for it…

If you’re not looking for it

If you’re not looking for it

The positivity ratio is a concept in positive psychology suggesting that a ratio of positive to negative emotions distinguishes “flourishing” people from “languishing” people.

The ratio was proposed by Marcial Losada and psychologist Barbara Fredrickson, who identified a ratio of positive to negative affect of exactly 2.9013 as separating flourishing from languishing individuals in a 2005 paper in American Psychologist. This means that in order for any person or team to flourish we need to have about 3 to 1 positive versus negative experiences.

We recently discussed the positivity ratios suggested by Barbara Fredrickson in a few training sessions.

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