Personality Questionnaire results interpretation


Harver presents module results in two ways: the first is statistically through the matching score and Matching Profiles, the second is visually, where each module is represented and the individual module results are shown.

Our visual representation of scoring will give you a more in-depth understanding of how the candidate has answered the Personality Questionnaire, giving you more insights as you go through the recruitment process. If you have not already done so, read the article about the Personality Questionnaire Module, which will give you more information about the science behind the module and how it tests candidates.

Within this article, we will cover some of the basics of how to break down the visual representation of the Personality Questionnaire results:

The candidate experience

When a candidate takes the Personality Questionnaire, they are presented with statements and asked to indicate how strongly they agree or disagree with the statement based on a 5 point scale. If a candidate answers in the middle, or a 3, this means the candidate is neutral and does not feel strongly about the statement in either direction.  

If you have chosen the 100 question version of the test, candidates will answer 4 questions per facet. If you have chosen the 60 question version of the test, candidates will answer at least 2 questions per facet. Learn about personality facets in this article. 

What is included in the results 

The results of the Personality Questionnaire are based on the 6 main Factors (or dimensions) of the HEXACO model, ranging from low to high. To learn more about the HEXACO model, read our article which breaks down the module and how it is set up. 

Scores are calculated by taking the average responses on each factor's items. Scores reflect how the candidate self identifies with each scenario on a scale from low to high, middle being neutral. 

What is visually represented and how to understand it

Our visual representation of the Personality Questionnaire results show the facets which are proven for success within the job role, and indicates where on the scale the candidate falls. These Facets are determined by our People Science team after analyzing the Facets in relation to performance within the role at your company.

Each Facet has a high extreme and a low extreme. Based on the recommendation from People Science, each Facet will be displayed in a way wherein it is desired for candidates to score as high as possible on the Facets. This allows for quick and efficient review of the results visually to identify any Facets which are considered a weak point for the candidate’s likelihood to be successful in the role. For example, when a candidate is in the middle of the scale, this means that they are neutral and do not identify strongly either way in relation to the Facet, and this will be an area to dig deeper in later stages of the hiring process. 

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