The Quest Profiler

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Note: This test review was published by BPS on 21st July 2015

Description of the Test:

The Quest Profiler is a trait-based personality assessment designed for use in the workplace. The current version is the third generation of the assessment, which includes two new scales: Empathy and Convincing Others. It measures 24 scales from which various scores are derived including competencies and teamwork, leadership and sales styles. The scales in the assessment were deductively derived, with scales reflecting those characteristics that are frequently identified as being relevant to the workplace through job analysis. Scales were designed to cover the Big Five personality traits, though Quest was not explicitly designed as a Big Five measure, and are also rationally grouped into four areas: People: Assertiveness, Taking Charge, Social Ease, Convincing Others, Outgoingness, Team Working, Empowerment, Supportiveness. Thinking: Curiosity, Creativity, Adjustability, Strategy, Analysis, Precision. Feeling: Empathy, Freedom from Stress, Sensitivity to Criticism, Transparency, Optimism, Buoyancy. Drive: Reliability, Need for Challenge, Energy, Cautiousness Two versions of the Quest Profiler are available – ipsative and normative. Both can be used across a wide range of organisational areas (selection, development, coaching, etc.), though the ipsative version is the one recommended for recruitment due to it being argued that the ipsative nature of this instrument makes it more robust in recruitment situations. Both versions are delivered online with no paper-and-pencil version now being available. The assessments are fairly short to complete, with times ranging from around 20 to around 30 minutes. A measure of consistency of responding is included with the ipsative version, whereas this is replaced with a measure of social desirability on the normative version of the Quest Profiler. The measure is available on line and is self-administered. ERAS offer Test User Training to support the use of the tool and encourage accredited training but this is not compulsory. Initial set-up costs are £750 and include access to other tools on the ERAS platform. Both ipsative and normative versions of the assessments are norm-referenced, and currently there are five norm groups to choose from. The Quest Profiler offers a number of features purported to help users tailor information to their needs. Participants’ responses are provided for each of the scales and this data also feeds into the presentation of leadership style, team style and cultural match; and an overlay to Jungian Type, Transactional and Transformational leadership and conflict handling. In addition to this, in conjunction with proprietary Job Match and Job Analysis tools, the administrator can select those competencies relevant for the job in question leading to tailored competency-based reports. Three reports are available; a standard, full and premium report, the latter of which incorporates interview questions and prompts derived from the participants’ responses. Reports include a range of different visuals.

Authors:Alex Pearce, George Sik & Liz Kitchen

Test Publisher: ERAS Ltd.