Types of Self-assessment toolsWritten by Dr. Sunita Rai
Here is a little bit of description about some of the widely used instruments in the market. Each of them are designed with a specific outcome in mind and the coach/administrator will be able to help you choose the right one, based on the purpose. Remember, what matters is not the report, but the coach-debrief conversation that follows.
Myers Briggs Type Indicator assessment is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences, as in how people perceive the world and make de-cisions. The 16 different ‘personality’ types identified under MBTI have their own strengths and preferences. The assessment report helps you to learn about your strengths, bind spots, stress triggers, your potential development areas in a team context, leadership needs, career profiles and many more.
A very simple instrument that throws light to four behavioral dimensions. The strength of this instrument is its simplicity and the impact. The results allow the individuals and teams to make sense of why they do what they do and how to support one another in day-to-day work.
Facet5 categorizes personalities in a business context - supporting businesses to realize the full potential of their human capital management capability. The fiv- factor model of personality (or ‘Big 5’) is now widely accepted as the best way of describing the fundamental building blocks of personality. The ‘Big 5’ model consistently emerges from psychological research as the irreducible minimum needed to give a comprehensive de-scription of personality and behavior. Facet5 measures these five factors precisely and quickly, to give the most accurate and easily applied portrait of individual differences in behavior.
This is based on the belief that when people get together in a group, there are three main interpersonal needs they are expect to meet – affection/openness, control and inclusion. These categories measure how much interaction a person wants in the areas of socializing, leadership and responsibilities, and more intimate personal relations. A very valuable instrument in a group context that leads to better team work and individual satisfaction.
Based on the principles of Emotional Intelligence popularized by Daniel Goleman, the EQ-i 2.0 is a scientifically-validated Emotional Intelligence instrument in the market today. This instrument measures the interaction between a person and his or her environment (others), then presents results in both numerical and graphical form. The power of this instrument is in how the five Composite Scales and fifteen subscales allow an EI feedback specialist to predict with accuracy what behaviors a person is most likely to exhibit and to pinpoint the motivations behind the behavior.