Coaching with personality tests

This is a speciality of Rob Williams Assessment ltd. We can create a range of psychometric tests for coaching and for self-development purposes. For example bespoke personality questionnaires such as the one described in the case study here.

Personality Coaching Assessments

This is a speciality of Rob Williams Assessment ltd. We can create a range of psychometric tests for coaching and for self-development purposes. For example bespoke personality questionnaires such as the one described in the case study here.

Coaching with personality tests

Here are some of the psychometric tools commonly used for executive coaching:

  • CEB’s 32-scale OPQ, and other e.g. 16-scale version of the OPQ.
  • OPP’s MBTI Step I and II.
  • Saville Consulting’s Wave Styles.
  • Hogan Development Survey (de-railers).
  • FIRO-B (relationship building).

Personality Coaching at Development Centres

We also have designed development centres that involve coaching with personality types:

  • Coaching tests with senior managers at a French financial services company.
  • Development centres for senior managers at an aeronautical company.
  • Accelerated development programme at a media company.
  • Fast-track selection centres (public sector).
  • Coaching tests at development centres in Kiev, Ukraine (manufacturing sector), including OPQ feedback.
  • Development centres for all managerial levels in a global bank (report writing, face-to-face feedback and development plan coaching), including OPQ feedback.
  • Leading development centres involving 25 candidates per day (retail sector).

Here are some of the psychometric tools commonly used for executive coaching with personality.

  • CEB’s 32-scale OPQ
  • MBTI Step I and II
  • Saville Consulting’s Wave Styles
  • Hogan Development Survey (de-railers); and the
  • FIRO-B (relationship building).

We have access to the most popular personality tests. Firstly, general personality tests. Secondly, specific personality tests.

Personality profiling / Role profiling

Best practice dictates a personality questionnaire needs to be suitable and valid for each and every type of subject assessed. Once a large set of personality questionnaire data has been collected then it becomes possible to develop such a profile.

Norm groups

Your results are compared to norm groups produced by test publishers such as SHL, Cubiks, Saville Consulting and TalentQ. A norm group is simply a summary of the test scores for hundreds/thousands of test takers.

The idea is that you can be benchmarked by comparing your score to that of a similar norm group. For example, psychometric tests used on a graduate recruitment scheme would compare your scores to that of previous graduates. Or even graduate applicants on the same graduate management scheme.

Personality Sift as a fast track to interview

The Internet allows personality test results to be processed very efficiently. This allows employers to sift out unsuitable applicants. Personality test results are not necessarily used to sift in applicants. Typically “passing” a personality test sift is the fast track to getting an interview with the employer.

Using an Interview to validate personality test evidence

We all know the purpose of an interview. With personality test scores, an interview is also the perfect means to check (or validate) those personality questionnaire scores. That is why it is so important not to try to fake your  personality test. Your potential employer will have your personality questionnaire results in front of them when they interview you.

Personality test reports 

Personality test reports vary between the very basic set of scores to very sophisticated team, coaching and developmental reports. Most of these are designed for development purposes.

In our opinion, our personality test tips are useful alongside personality test practice to familiarise yourself with the different types of personality test format you may be asked to complete.

Most Popular Personality Tests

Firstly, we have Hogan’s Bright Side of Personality, Leadership High PotentialValues, Preferences Inventory and Dark Side of Personality.

Also, global test publisher Cut-e. Then comes, a second global test publisher called CEB – here are some of their most popular personality test examples. Then, a third; IBM Kenexa – Occupational Personality Inventory (OPI)/Talent Profile and their Rapid Personality Questionnaire (RPQ).

Another popular tool is Saville Consulting’s WAVE’s personality test.

Also, see their WAVE personality report examples.

In our opinion the other most popular personality tests are: CEB OPQ; the NEO PI-R, the 16PF, and the MBTI.

My Practice aptitude test books 

and for Passing Numerical reasoning Tests.

Personality Test Practice tips

16PF personality test tips.

OPQ personality test tips.

MBTI personality test tips.

DISC Personality test tips

  • Firstly, DISC’s theoretical model is based on Jung’s personality “types” theories.
  • Secondly, DISC has lower construct validity than the OPQ, NEO, PAPI and WAVE personality tests.
  • Thirdly, Employers are looking for certain personality traits in any role. However it’s a bad idea to second guess what those might be.

NEO test personality

NEO test personality – this is for one of the most well researched personality tests used in both the US and the UK.

Firstly, the premier “Big Five” assessment of personality traits. There is considerable research supporting the “Big Five” model of personality and – like the 16PF5 personality questionnaire – the NEO is based on academically rigorous factor analysis.

Secondly, for NEO test personality there’s excellent supporting materials and personality test reports.

Points to remember when completing the NEO personality test personality are:

  • There is a systematic model behind the set of NEO personality questions.
  • Employers are looking for certain personality traits in any role – as indicators of high job performance in key areas.

Belbin Personality-based Team Roles

Most of the personality inventories focus on the individuality of the person assessed. A new development seeks to assess the way in which personal tendencies are manifested in a group context in the form of team roles.

The Belbin Team Role Self-Perception Inventory (BTRSPI) is probably the most known tool of this kind. It proposed 8 team roles.

Multi-Trait Multi-Method Matrix

Construct validity requires agreement between two measures presumably measuring the same concept, and disagreement between two concepts measuring different concepts. Agreement gives evidence of Convergent Validity. The convergent and discriminative validity are assessed by the Multi-trait Multi-method Matrix. There are several stages:

Personality test validation stages

There are several stages in any psychometric test validation study.

  • Best practice advice on how to set-up a validation study involving any psychometric tool;
  • Statistical analysis of the psychometric results;
  • Analysis of the effectiveness of the ability test design; and
  • Production of an easy-to-understand report outlining where and how the psychometric tool is adding value to the selection process.

Personality validation study examples

  • Validation (leisure sector, hotel sector, insurance sector, transport sector).
  • Bespoke personality questionnaire validation studies for sales and customer service staff in a call centre and for managers in the retail sector.
  • Selection process validation from online sift via phone interview/assessment centre through to acceptance (financial services sector).
  • Emotional intelligence questionnaire validation.
  • Personality questionnaire validation (insurance sector).
  • Customer service psychometric test validation.
  • Graduate-level aptitude test validation of verbal and numerical reasoning tests (accountancy firm).
  • Middle manager general ability verbal and numerical reasoning psychometric test validation studies (retail sector)
  • Personality questionnaire validation study incorporating 360-degree feedback results
  • Validation study using salary grades (financial services sector).
  • Cross-cultural personality questionnaire validation based upon managerial status and earnings
  • Call centre work sample simulation psychometric test validation studies.

Useful Personality Tests Links

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