This is one of the most common questions we receive. The simple answer is “Yes”.
The design of the questionnaire and the use of Bi-Polar Scales to measure responses, ensure that PeopleMaps can accurately determine a psychological profile. Paul Kline (1993), a leading guru on psychometric profiling, confirmed that ten questions were sufficient to achieve accuracy and could help avoid the boredom factor.
Too many questions can lead to candidate fatigue, which can significantly affect accuracy. The common misconception is that more questions mean greater accuracy, when in fact the opposite can actually be true.
Candidate fatigue is a very real issue and it increases with the number of questions asked, adversely affecting the results. This is particularly the case when considering an online questionnaire. Any online experience needs to be relatively short.
PeopleMaps invested a great deal of time developing a questionnaire that could be completed in less than ten minutes, with no compromise on accuracy or ability to identify a personality type. It achieves this through clever design and because it was designed for the Internet from the outset and is not a paper-based system “dragged” online.
The PeopleMaps questionnaire is Ipsative, in that it is a self-report and a forced choice questionnaire. Responders are forced to choose from a selection of four options of word pairs and prioritise their answers on a Likert scale, from “most like them” to “least like them”.