Thomas’ behavioural assessment

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Thomas’ behavioural assessment

Using four main profile factors: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance, Thomas’ Personal Profile Analysis (PPA) provides information on an assessment taker’s fears, motivators, values and behaviours.

What is a behavioural assessment test ?

A behavioural assessment is a tool that’s designed to observe, understand, explain and predict a person’s behaviour.

Behavioural assessments help us understand many different aspects of a person’s character. They include understanding a person’s thinking style, willingness to learn and leadership capabilities.

Being able to predict how someone will behave on the job, work with others, overcome setbacks or apply themselves in problem solving situations is directly linked to achieving job-related goals, and in turn, achieving business goals as well.

How does a behavioural assessment work ?

Based on DISC theory, a behavioural assessment will analyse a person’s fears, motivators, values and behavioural style using four main profile factors: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance.

The Thomas Behaviour assessment (PPA) is our behavioural assessment tool that takes these profile factors into account and tests candidates’ attitudes in each area. Plotted on a graph, these four areas will be analysed by proprietary technology that gives employers and recruiters insight into a candidate’s behavioural style.

The Thomas Behaviour assessment is then used to provide deeper insight into these character traits, aligning people with the right role and helping the recruitment process move in the right direction.

What is our behaviour assessments Process ?

Job Profiling

Assessing Candidates

Job Comparison (PPA Vs. Job)

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Additional Reports

PPA Additional Report

  • Interview Questionnaire :
    • Management
    • Sales
    • General
  • Audit :
    • Management
    • Sales
    • Technical
    • Call Center & Customer Service
  • Strengths & Limitations
  • Compatibility (PPA vs. PPA)
  • Leadership Skills
  • Training Needs
  • Career Guidance
  • Candidate Feedback
  • Executive Summary
  • Interviewers Guide
  • Search & Select
  • How to Manage

Background & Theory

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Dr. Thomas Hendrickson developed William Moulton Marston’s DISC theory to produce the Thomas Personal Profile Analysis (PPA) for the work place.

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Marston’s original theory stated that actions based upon emotions are an individual’s biosocial response to supportive or hostile social environments. These actions determine how the individual interacts with the environment.

It was theorised that the way in which the individual interacts with the environment takes four basic directions: tendencies to dominate, influence, submit and comply. Marston published his book ‘Emotions of Normal People’ in 1928, which described his theory of human consciousness in comprehensive detail.

The PPA, also known as the Thomas Behaviour assessment, determines whether individuals see themselves as responding to workplace situations that they perceive to be favourable or challenging, and reveals whether their response patterns are active or passive; thus classifying the individual’s behavioural preferences in terms of four domains: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance.

Format

The Thomas PPA is a forced-choice assessment which uses an ipsative referencing method – an individual’s response patterns are compared to themselves rather than the scores of a comparison group. Individuals are asked to select one adjective which they believe describes them most and one which describes them least.

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In order to complete the PPA, individuals choose two trait adjectives from a block of four, one ‘most like’ and one ‘least like’ them. This process is repeated 24 times, giving 48 choices from a total of 96 words.

The PPA is available electronically via the web and in paper-and-pencil format. Thomas International has also developed the PPA+ format which is suitable for people with a reading age of 11+ and for candidates who are fluent in English but for whom English is not their first language.

Reliability & Validity

The Thomas PPA has been subject to rigorous scientific testing to determine its reliability and validity as a psychological assessment. The PPA is registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) after it was audited against the technical criteria established by the European Standing Committee on Tests and Testing, part of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations.

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Thomas International conducts on-going psychometric research with the PPA. We have previously collaborated with the Psychometrics Centre at Cambridge University. Please get in touch with psychology@thomas.co.uk if you are interested in supporting our continuous development programmes.

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