I think that psychometric testing or personality profiling is great in its proper place. It is a very useful tool for employers to be able to assess how a candidate will fit in with their team and from your point of view it is very useful to be able to find out what the test will say about you. That is why we have included information about psychometric testing on our Website you can get a free mini test – why not try it – the results can be very interesting and also useful in gaining a better understanding of how others may see you.
I do think, however, that it’s a bit like carrots which are jolly good for you, but even the best of things can be bad if taken to excess. I’m not at all sure that the personality profile can really tell you anything about yourself that you didn’t know already. The biggest downfall is where people take elements of the psychometric test and include them in the CV in an endeavour to describe the type of person they are. I think this is a big mistake. It’s a bad idea to include anything in the CV that is not demonstrable.
The type of profile that I come across all the time, when doing assessments, goes something like this:
“A highly dynamic and flexible person. Intelligent and hard working with an agile mind. A pro-active problem solver and excellent communicator ……….”
Now, this may all be true but how can it possibly be proved Because it is only a perception it is simply a waste of space. The profile is a very important part of any CV but it needs to be an introduction that focuses upon your achievements and skills to demonstrate, in real terms, what you have to offer to a prospective employer