Psychometric Analysis

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If knowledge is power, then knowledge of oneself may be the most powerful of all. This is the rationale behind psychometric analysis, which ventures to illuminate those subconscious preferences or styles that habitually colour our individual thinking, feeling, learning and behaving. So, if you’re not really sure about what makes you or your team ‘tick’ or why colleagues or customers respond to you in certain ways, then a good starting point might be to take one of our proven psychometric tests.

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Psychometric analysis plays an increasingly important part in the selection and development processes of many companies – promising a fuller picture of an individual than that which can be gleaned from random interviewing or observation alone.

These methods can never provide absolute results. However, when carefully structured to guide, integrate and cross-check with other inputs, they can add an extra dimension to bolster one’s overall awareness and assessment of oneself and others.

Torc Consulting Group has wide experience in designing and applying the coherent use of these methodologies and has a clear view on the merits and pitfalls involved.

We partner with a broad international community of psychometric designers and suppliers to bring our clients access to an unparalleled range & diversity of such instruments across the following 6 domains:

  • Personality Type Instruments. We offer a comprehensive suite of self-reporting instruments that draw their inspiration from the pioneering work of Jung & Marston, referencing the various manifestations of human behaviour to the concept of personality – that dominant, innate & ingrained pattern of preference and thinking characteristic of each individual. These simple frameworks offer powerful windows to self-awareness, each in their own way focussing on illuminating particular facets of behaviour. Some of the instruments in this class include
    • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
    • Herrmann Brain Dominance Index
    • Keirsey Temperament Sorter
    • DISC
    • Sternberg Wagner Thinking Style
    • MiRo
  • Behavioural Profiling. Behavioural Profiling Questionnaires seek to determine an individuals’ typical reactions and attitudes to a variety of situations – such as how well the individual gets on with others or his/her normal reaction to stressful situations or just simply his/her feelings about the kind of people they like to work with. They measure things like anxiety, liveliness, dominance, sensitivity, perfectionism, openness to change, group-orientation, and more. Sometimes the presentation of results involves positioning the assessment taker across each of these dimensions along a spectrum having a pair of dichotomies at either end, such as: Restless or Poised, Innovative or Conventional, Expedient or Rule-Conscious, Forthright or Private, etc. Some popular instruments in this category include:
    • 16PF
    • Prevue
    • FIRO-B
    • Thomas-Kilman Conflict
    • Forte Communications
    • Belbin Team Roles
    • Kolb’s Learning Styles
  • Emotional Intelligence Profiles. The various concept formulations around Emotional Intelligence from scholars such as Salovey, Mayer and Goldman have brought about something of a step-change in the area of psychometrics in recent years, moving the spotlight away from the cognitive aspects of behaviour and more onto the arena of the heart – to the urges and impulses that determine/regulate our moods and motivations. This has led to a general acknowledgment that much of what we call success in life lies in how we manage these subterranean emotions coursing through our bodies. Accordingly, the search for new frameworks to characterize and measure these elements of Emotional Intelligence has given birth to some powerful new instruments:
    • Baron-Reuven EQi
    • Salovey & Mayer’s MSCEIT
    • Emotional & Social competency Inventory (ESCI)
    • Emotional Intelligence Appraisal
    • Schutte Self-Report Emotional Intelligence Test
    • Resilience Quotient
  • Single Competency Style Profiles. Single competency style profiles are enormously useful for personal development purposes as a means to discover areas for improvement in a specific domain such as time management, decision-making, assertiveness, etc. They can be immensely beneficial as inputs to:
    • self-analysis & self-feedback where individuals engage in ongoing personal reflective practice on their own effectiveness
    • performance management & development (PMDS) discussions as a means of helping individuals better understand critical feedback and gain a structured perspective on development needs
    • pre-work to a training course or coaching session to give a concrete baseline to whatever competency is being worked on.

    Torc has assembled an extensive suite of such simple, easy-to-use, yet very insightful diagnostic instruments and assessment profiles to support these endeavours. The following is an illustrative selection currently available:

    • Influencing Style
    • Listening Style
    • Negotiating Style
    • Decision-Making Style
    • Change Agility Style
    • Conflict Style
    • Risk Behaviour Style
    • Writing Style
    • Presentation Style
    • Problem-Solving Style
    • Coaching Style
    • Creativity/Innovation Style
    • Networking Style
    • Goal/Objective Setting Style
    • Customer Service Style
    • Sales Prospecting Style
  • 360-Degree Questionnaires. Our Torc Insight 360° Leadership tool gathers perspectives and opinions regarding leadership performance from the individual concerned and from up to 40 selected other raters, including bosses, direct reports, peers, customers, suppliers or other stakeholders, as appropriate. It is taken and processed online using software developed with the guidance of noted assessment authority Dr. Tony Alessandra, also known for his creative partnerships with the Ken Blanchard Organization. The confidential and aggregated responses of raters is compared to the self-assessment of the leader in a colour graph that clearly highlights the leadership strengths and developmental needs of the individual manager. The tool has been developed around an assessment engine involving 64 questions across 8 Leadership Competencies as follow:
    • Communication Skills
    • Decision-Making
    • Promotes Innovation & Change
    • Working Relationships
    • Commercial Judgement
    • Coaching Skills
    • Utilises the Strengths of Others & Self
    • Team Development

    Torc Insight 360° is unique in that the software engine offers full flexibility, meaning that all 8 Competency Areas and all 64 Questions can be customized to the competencies most applicable to the particular role and sector being assessed.

  • Career Development Instruments. Career management is an ongoing concern for everybody. To quote Peter Drucker: ‘If we are to be successful in life, we must learn how to develop ourselves, where to place ourselves to make the biggest contribution and how and when to change the work we do’
    Self-assessment tools geared to career management offer a scientific approach to assist with this endeavour, by providing frameworks to make sense of the complexity of variables obtaining, and enabling us to be more strategic in navigating a clearer course of development. Torc’s career coaching service provides you access to the following range of instruments:

    • Strong Interest Inventory
    • Campbell Interest & Skill Survey
    • Schein Career Anchors
    • Birkman Career Management
    • MBTI Career Report
    • CareerXact
    • Career Values Inventory