Beyond Recruitment: How personality profiling can help you to strengthen your odds of success
Knowledge, it’s often said, is power. And while such a saying is always applicable, its relevance during the events of 2020 has been particularly heightened. Having as much information to hand as possible has been critical when it comes to decision making and/or plotting a course towards a profitable recovery.
This applies as much to individuals, as it does companies and even entire industries. As we’ve continued to develop our mindset profiling for high-risk industries, the team and our clients have certainly come to appreciate the benefits of its unique approach.
Therefore, personality profiling is the subject – and ongoing theme – of the inaugural episode of our first-ever vodcast series, Beyond Recruitment, which is available to view now. Over the course of an enlightening conversation between myself and HR consultant Sharon Abbott, we detail what mindset (or personality) profiling is and how it can be beneficial for individual and business alike.
The right mindset for high-risk industries
At Monarch our aim has always been to support our clients in high-risk industries – in any way we can. Through our years of experience working alongside our clients and the trusted relationships we form, we know that one individual’s personality profile can be vital to work safely and productively in high-risk environments.
To that end, our comprehensive 112-question psychometric profile (which both meets the psychometric criteria established by the European Standing Committee on Tests and Testing and has been registered with the British Psychological Society), enables individuals to understand their own natural character traits and how they would react in certain circumstances.
For example, the results of the personality profile show whether someone is a free thinker or whether they need a lot of guidance to complete tasks; it can ascertain whether someone is persuasive and a born leader, or whether they adhere to the rules.
What character traits do you have?
Within the high-risk sectors where we provide expert recruitment services – from aviation to high-risk logistics; nuclear and renewables to the chemical industry – this stuff really does matter.
Take the concept of free-thinker versus rule-follower. During our chat Sharon describes how, within the aforementioned industries, it’s imperative that procedural tasks are followed consistently to ensure safety standards are met.
“Someone who is a free thinker might not be so good at following procedures,” she says, “and this is critical in high-risk roles.”
This is equally appropriate when it comes to other personality trait differences. Does someone focus on facts or rely more on their intuition? Do they place more emphasis on the need for reflection or the need for action? Do individuals believe the familiar to be more important, or the novel?
It’s clear that Sharon and I agree that within the sphere of high-risk industries, focussing on the facts (trusting their experience and training), understanding the need to reflect and assess the situation and understanding that tasks can be repetitive day in, day out, is of paramount importance.
The benefits of personality profiles
One of the key takeaways from our first vodcast is that personality profiles can help individuals not only become better employees – helping them see what roles they will be suitable for – but also better people.
These profiles highlight key mindset/personality traits and demonstrate how people can adapt their behaviour to accommodate any extreme character traits. The profile results can act therefore as a useful path for personal development - as well as career direction.
They’re also essential when it comes to teams working together as they can help individuals understand their new colleagues and how they like to work.
And at this time of economic uncertainty, when redundancies are unfortunately increasing, they can be helpful to any company restructuring. They are an opportunity to look at somebody’s natural behaviours and their mindset to see how you could retain an employee in another area of the business or department.
Are you interested in knowing your natural mindset? To complete your own personality profile, click here.
To watch the full discussion between Pam and Sharon, watch the video here.
Stay tuned, Episode 2 coming soon...
The second episode of Beyond Recruitment will be of particular interest to team leaders, business owners and HR professionals as we’ll be looking at how you can use the profiles of colleagues to enhance your leadership and team performance. To ensure you don’t miss it, sign up for our newsletter and we’ll let you know when it’s live.