How we use psychometric instruments
Chiltington Associates only use psychometric instruments where they can aid the learning and development of the individual or team. Each instrument has a unique purpose and they are intended to give a greater understanding of yourself and / or your team. Below are some of the psychometric instruments our Associates are qualified to use, together with an explanation of how they could help you. Personality questionnaires are designed to explore your preferred way of behaving; how you tend to relate to other people, your ability to deal with your emotions and those of other people and the way you make decisions. Psychometric testing is a positive way to find your personal style and an objective way to increase your self-awareness. Diagnostic instruments can also help teams to perform better by understanding the diverse behaviours, skills and styles members bring and how to use these to best effect. We hear stories of providers allowing you to take some of these tests on-line and then providing the results, without appropriate explanation of what the results tell you. In line with our code of ethics, we will NOT do that and we only recommend and provide these instruments when they will add value to your development and appropriate feedback comes as a part of the process. Myers Briggs Type Indicator ® (MBTI) Step 1 is a personality questionnaire that looks at the preferences as to how a person perceives the world and how they interact with others. Understanding your own preferences and those of others results in tangible interpersonal performance improvements. It examines four areas:-
- Where you prefer to get and focus your energy
- The way you prefer to gather information that you trust
- How you prefer to reach decisions
- How much you prefer to be planned or spontaneous
Myers Briggs Type Indicator ® (MBTI) Step 2 goes deeper than Step 1 and looks at the underlying facets that contribute to each type preference. This helps people understand the diversity of the people they work with and improves their relationships.
FIRO-B ® is a questionnaire focuses on how individuals behave towards others and how they would prefer others to behave towards them. This tool can highlight mismatches between expressed behaviour and wanted behaviour, resulting in a more productive working relationship.
The 16PF5 personality questionnaire ‘does what it says on the can’. It looks 16 personality factors (traits) that predict how an individual will behave in different contexts. When properly interpreted it reveals your capacity to deliver sustained performance, your potential and identifies development needs.
For a 360 degree feedback instrument, we favour the Hay Group Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI). It measures Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, and Relationship Management. Because it utilises the views of managers, peers, staff and customers, it provides a comprehensive perspective, which clients often use as the subject for a powerful coaching session(s).