A common question I get asked is; “Can two personality reports be the same?”
The short answer is “Yes”
1.5 million people have received a PeopleMaps Assessment, so understandably some may be the same or similar, especially when they share many characteristics in common.
So what does it mean if you have two candidate reports that look the same?
If you are a recruiter and you are looking at two identical reports, here’s what you need to know.
Personality profiling is not designed to identify what makes an individual unique.
No personality profiling system is designed to identify what makes someone unique. Instead, they are designed to simplify something as complex as human personality, so that we can understand and relate better to each other.
All humans are complex and unique. Personality profiling is designed to help get to “know” or understand more about an individual in a short space of time.
Some job roles naturally attract people with similar personality types
Some job roles attract people with a certain personality type, so it is likely that many candidates may have very similar or even identical profile reports.
This should be reassuring, as it is indicative that the recruitment process is working, particularly if a candidate has a personality profile compatible with the work being offered.
The very nature of personality means certain personality types are attracted to specific careers, so it’s quite natural to find yourself looking at a number of similar reports when recruiting for such roles.
There is little to be achieved by comparing two candidate reports. So even if two reports are identical, it is not telling you anything other than you have two candidates that have similar personality types. You do not need to worry that they PeopleMaps system is broken, as it has been tried and tested with 1.5 million people.
If you are to compare anything, you should compare the candidate’s report with your Success Profile. This is the only useful comparison that will help you make better hiring decisions.
A PeopleMaps report is a construct of several personality topics. The resolution of personality topics varies from topic to topic. For instance, the PeopleMaps Map is a high-resolution topic. This means that the granularity between personalities is high.
There are dozens and dozens of possibilities, as to where a user can appear on the PeopleMaps Map. If you want to see personality in high resolution, then look at their PeopleMaps Map. PeopleMaps operates at a higher granularity than most other professional profiling systems. This is achievable thanks to the Map and the fact we do not use labels.
You can also compare Personality Gauges. Many of these are also in high resolution.
If we look at how someone delegates, for instance, there is less need to see this in high resolution, as personality is only affecting this in broad terms i.e people in the North East of the Map will delegate differently from people in the South West, and although there are lots of different personality types within the North East, they will all have a tendency to delegate in a very similar way.
This is why the resolution varies from topic to topic. For some topics, it really matters, for others a low resolution is sufficient.
Personality is more like a sweeping wave than a digital point. When a personality report is produced, it has to pick a point on the wave to talk about. The likelihood is that the user actually resides at one side or the other of the point picked. No systems can cover the entire wave.
When you use the high-resolution 10Q questionnaire, PeopleMaps aims for the user to agree with 80% of the statements made. Even when two users have identical reports, the chances are they will disagree with different statements. This is where the report becomes much more personal. So it is important to ask candidates what they strongly agree with and what they strongly disagree with. It is very unlikely that two people will have the same response to this.
Labels and The PeopleMaps Map
Most professional profiling systems use labels. It’s convenient for both the provider and the user. However, using labels also brings with it some drawbacks.
People do not sit conveniently in the boxes prescribed by the label. For some, it will be fine but a percentage will sit on the line between one label and another, so the system is forced to choose and will have to “force” them into one label.
Labels ignore personality mobility. People are not set in stone. Yes, they have a preferred behaviour but it has some movement and adaptability. This is why PeopleMaps uses the Map and does not use labels. The Map identifies an individual’s preferred behaviour, yet it also accepts that they are adaptable and can move around that point as circumstances demand.
It’s not enough to see the point on the Map that represents the user most often, you should also be able to see the surrounding area where they can move in and out of, should the need arise.
What to do when faced with two identical reports
Step 1 – The first thing to do is look at each PeopleMaps Map and the Gauges. The Map is the highest resolution and if there are subtle differences in personality, the Map will highlight them.
Step 2 – The second step is to identify which statements each user agrees or disagrees with. It’s very unlikely that two people will agree or disagree with the same statements.
Step 3 – Finally, comparing reports between candidates is not going to help you make a better hiring decision. To ensure you make better hiring decisions this is better accomplished by comparing each user with your Success Profile, as this is the only comparison that is going to identify the best fit for the role.