Mindful Coaching

Psychometric Testing

Psychometric and Personality Profiling and Feedback

What are they and when can they be used?

A psychometric test is a way of assessing a person’s ability or personality in a measured and structured way.  There are 3 main types of tests: ability, personality and interest (although both personality and interest are more like psychometric questionnaires).  Some tests are used by employers to help them in their recruitment process while other tests can help people with career decision making and personal development.

It is common for graduate employers to use psychometric tests as part of their selection process.  Organisations believe tests help them recruit the right people with the right mix of abilities and personal qualities. 


Personality Instrument - 16PF5


The 16PF can be used in a wide variety of contexts, and at many different levels.  Specifically:


Development                                                                           Selection

  • Executive coaching
  • Line manager coaching
  • Leadership development
  • Succession planning
  • Outplacement
  • Career transition and planning
  • Career guidance
  • Personal development


  • Graduate recruitment
  • Executive selection
  • Assessment for potential

Psychometric Instrument - MBTI


The MBTI questionnaire provides a highly insightful framework for individual and group development, provoking self-awareness by looking at how a person perceives the world and how they prefer to interact with others. 

Ability & Aptitude Tests

These are more of a measure of your potential for certain activities.  They do not rely on any previous knowledge or training, but more on your natural ability or aptitude. The 2 most common forms of aptitude tests are verbal and numerical reasoning tests.


The Belbin Team Inventory


The Belbin Team Role Inventory assesses how an individual behaves in a team environment. It is therefore a behavioral tool, subject to change, and not a psychometric instrument.  The assessment can includes 360-degree feedback from observers as well as the individual's own evaluation of their behavior, and contrasts how they see their behavior versus how their colleagues do.   The Belbin Inventory scores people on how strongly they express traits from 9 different Team Roles.  NB: Belbin is not a Psychometric Test.