Straight-talking Guide to Psychometric Assessments

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Straight-talking guide to psychometric assessments


Simply explained – personality profiling!

Lead Talent places high value on the importance of psychometric assessments, as they have become an increasingly important part of the recruitment, people development and appraisal process. We have provided this straight-talking guide to support organisations in understanding the true value of soft skill profiling in their people strategy.

Find out more about the following:

  • what a psychometric assessment is
  • what they measure specifically
  • what they are used for


What is a Psychometric Assessment? 

Simply put, psychometric assessment or personality profiling, is a set of questions or problems that will test cognitive abilities and personality of an individual termed soft skills. Their purpose is to measure these soft skills to help employers to find out more about an individual than the information on their c.v. to work out whether they have an accurate representation of them from interview or appraisal and ensure they are a ‘right fit’ for the role in their organisation.

Behavioural traits are more difficult to assess during an interview, unlike education, skills and experience. Psychometric assessments give an objective overview to the potential behaviours of the individual.

Giving the employer and ultimately the individual, a better overall evaluation of their suitability not only to the role, but the cultural fit of the company.

Put even simpler, the word ‘psychometric’ basically refers to the measurement of the mind.

Some of the most commonly used psychometric tests measure personality types or traits along with ability assessments to support an overall people strategy.

Lead Talent not only offer a psychometric testing platform to measure individuals soft skills, but have a team of psychometric specialists to support organisations in understanding the results.


What Do They Measure?

Psychometric assessments can measure interests, personality, and aptitude.
Interestingly these assessments measure how people differ in their motivation, values, and opinions in relation to their interests.

Simply put, this includes:

  • How an individual likes to work
  • Approach tasks and problems
  • Stays motivated
  • Their emotional reaction to events within the work place


Why Are They Used?

Personality assessments measure how people differ in their style or manner of doing things and in the way they interact with their environment and other people.

Aptitude assessments measure how people differ in their ability to perform or carry out different tasks.

Simply put, this includes:

  • For recruitment
  • For retention
  • For employee development
  • For building high performance teams
  • Leadership spotting and development


How to get the best out of psychometric assessments:

It will help the assessment process if you explain the process of psychometric assessments when this is introduced into your organisation:

Lead Talent help to identify, implement, interpret and maximise psychometric assessment within organisations People Strategy.

The Dynamics four step process explained:

  • Discovery – knowledge before assumption
  • Build – strategy before tactics
  • Execute – knowledge into action
  • Consistency and Accountability – the commitment


What our users think of the Talent Dynamic Psychometric assessment:

“I received feedback from the online psychometric test conducted by Lead Talent at 2nd interview stage and felt that this provided a very accurate interpretation of my current thoughts, development areas and a few blind spots I wasn’t aware of, and supported me in finding the right fit to meet my preferences and personality.”

Hayley D

Brand Manager


If you would like a demonstration from on Talent Dynamics Psychometric Software from Emma Tolley, Lead Talent’s Psychometric Assessment Specialist, let us know on the details below:

For more information contact: Emma Tolley on 07703 464690, Email: