Personality profiling is a means of measuring an individual’s personality in a particular situation. It is not a measure of intelligence or ability but of behaviour.
Profiling provides a snapshot view of the preferred behaviour that comes subconsciously to most people. This is the behaviour with which they are ‘comfortable’ and can sustain for long periods of time. This behaviour is social and intellectual not physical.
The Benefits of Profiling
Human behaviour is probabilistic not deterministic. Using the profiles may tell us how people will probably respond to their environment. It will also help with the individual’s development, choice of job role and their best fit within the environment. It provides a starting point or compass to get the best out of a most expensive and valuable resource.
One of the greatest benefits in using profiling is surely that of development and team working. It provides a useful aid for recruitment when used as part of an overall process, but it is worth noting that twenty five percent of the recruitment process should be underpinned by a psychological profile – the other seventy five percent should be made up of interview, past experience/CV and qualifications.
The psychological profiles used by Purpose Partners are for individuals who are trying to gain better self-understanding, to identify the career that would give them greatest satisfaction and to help them promote their strengths and work on their weaknesses.
Organisations are looking for exactly the same information about the people they employ. Vast sums of money are spent on development but very little of it is targeted uniquely to an individual’s greatest needs. By providing a profile that acts as a compass identifying how best to understand each individual, employers will be able to target more cost effectively and provide solutions that will help satisfy and retain their employees.
Profiling Tools Adopted by Purpose Partners
- Prepare / Enrich
- Other in-house developed tools