Core competencies

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Interpersonal style

  • Adaptable³°

    Adapts style of behaviour to suit different individuals. Changes personality in different situations.

  • Approachable

    Friendly. Easy to get on with. Quickly builds rapport with others.

  • Assertive²¹

    Dominant. Makes presence felt. Sometimes overbearing with others.

  • Direct

    Candid. Speaks out without worrying too much about upsetting people. Direct in expressing opinions.

  • Gregarious²¹

    Likes the company of other people. Sociable. Works well with others. May dislike working alone.

  • Independent

    Non-conforming. Goes own way. Likes to be different. Dislikes compromising to suit others.

  • Influential²¹

    Persuasive. Persists in trying to influence other people. Aims to win people over.

  • Listening²¹

    Prepared to take time to listen to people. Considers others' opinions. Easy to talk to.

  • Poised³°

    At ease with other people. Confident and relaxed on social occasions.


Thinking Style

  • Creative²¹

    Looks for new approaches. Enjoys trying new ideas. Prefers inventing new methods to applying old ones.

  • Decisive²¹

    Quick to take decisions. Prefers to reach decisions rapidly rather than leave issues open.

  • Detail Focus

    Takes a perfectionist approach. Enjoys attending to detail. Notices points that others overlook.

  • Rational²¹

    Scientific and analytical when dealing with problems. Logical by nature. Prefers to rely on data.

  • Rigorous³°

    Thorough and conscientious. Likes to do things properly. Takes time, and avoids short cuts.

  • Risky

    Prepared to take chances. Sometimes enjoys throwing caution to the wind.

  • Strategic²¹

    Approaches issues from a theoretical perspective. Concerned with underlying principles. Prefers strategy to operational specifics.

  • Structured

    Methodical, orderly and systematic. Plans things out before starting. Uncomfortable working in a chaotic manner.

  • Tenacious

    Follows things through. Persists with a task even if it is boring.


Motivational Values

  • Caring²¹

    Prefers jobs that benefit others in some way. Motivated by work that involves caring about others.

  • Friendship²¹

    Regards work as a social opportunity. Would like job to provide chances to form new relationships.

  • Money

    Motivated by making money. Values a high standard of living. Career choices influenced by earnings.

  • Originality

    Motivated by having ideas implemented. Prefers a working environment that encourages originality. Seeks opportunities to be innovative.

  • Praise

    Likes to have hard work noticed. Feels gratified if praised. Can become demotivated if efforts are not acknowledged. 

  • Self-development³°

    Keen to improve. Values training and developing new skills. Prioritises self-development over other concerns.

  • Status²¹

    Likes the prestige that comes with more senior positions. Motivated by status.

  • Striving²¹

    Likes work that has a clear outcome. Motivated by pursuing achievements. Unhappy doing nothing.

  • Variety²¹

    Prefers jobs that offer a variety of tasks and is enjoys executing several projects at the same time. 


Emotional Style

  • Calm³°

    Unlikely to become tense or flustered. Cool and calm even in difficult situations.

  • Disclosure

    Expresses emotions easily. Lets feelings show. Open with people about emotions.

  • Emotional Analysis

    Likes to make sense of own emotions. Tries to find explanations for feelings.

  • Internal Control³°

    Feels a strong sense of personal control. Responsible for own destiny. Tries to influence events towards preferred outcomes.

  • Optimistic²¹

    Expects things to turn out for the best. Confident about the future. Accentuates the positive.

  • Resilient²¹

    Not usually upset by criticism. Tough, rather than emotional.

  • Self-sufficiency

    Prefers to rely on self without emotional support from others. Feels emotionally self-sufficient.

  • Self-esteem²¹

    Has inner confidence in own abilities. Feels self-assured and values own worth.

  • Stress management²¹

    Not flustered by high pressure work. Happy coping with tight deadlines. Works better under stress.


Culture Fit

  • Authority

    Respects authority. Believes in a clear hierarchical structure. Motivated by leading others. Prefers a directive leadership culture.

  • Change²¹

    Likes to work within a culture of organisational change. Prefers innovation to tradition.

  • Competition²¹

    Enjoys working in a competitive environment. Compares own performance with that of others. Plays to win.

  • Ethics³°

    Prefers a working culture which takes a strong moral position. Values professional ethics.

  • Humour²¹

    Values working in a fun environment. Often light hearted at work. Likes the occasional laugh now and then.

  • Intelligence

    Prefers working with intellectually demanding tasks and in academic cultures and organisations.

  • Loyalty

    Values loyalty and long-term commitment. Identifies closely with own organisation.

  • Order²¹

    Likes to have clearly defined rules. Prefers an orderly environment with boundaries and controls.

  • Profit³°

    Believes that making a profit should always be the prime motivator. Enjoys working in a profit-orientated culture.


Social Desirability

  • Social desirability

    Monitors the response style of a candidate to see if they've tried to present themselves in an overly positive light in an attempt to manage the impression they create through their answers.

21 These traits are included in the Core questionnaire. Make sure to use these traits if you want to use the Sales report and Team strengths report.

30 These traits are included in the Enhanced questionnaire, that offers a deeper insight into personality at work. Make sure to use these traits if you want to use the Leadership report.

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