Personal Interests Assessment

Timing: Untimed (Approximately 10-15 minutes)

The personal skills Inventory indicates the assessment taker’s ability to manage interpersonal situations which arise in training and employment. The assessment takes the form of a situational judgement test (SJT). The test taker is presented with a description of a scenario, and they are given a series of answer options to choose from that relate to what they have read in the scenario. The competencies required for communication (taken from the Key Skills in Working With Others criteria) were referred to so that the questions items reflect these and cover the following areas:

  • Accepting Criticism
  • Apologizing
  • Asking for Help
  • Asserting
  • Coping with Emergencies
  • Dealing with Failure
  • Dealing with Harassment
  • Handling Aggression
  • Helping
  • Listening
  • Managing Feedback
  • Responsibility for Others
  • Waiting

The Inventory identifies the likely ability of an individual to respond in a responsible and favourable way to a variety of situations, thus providing a measure of personal interactive skills. The skills covered here are similar to those that would be found in an “employability” measure. It is particularly helpful in preparing candidates for work experience or job placements as it provides an opportunity to discuss issues which might arise and to identify strategies for dealing with them. There are undoubtedly a large number of cultural, individual and social issues that will influence a candidate’s scores

The social skills involved were identified by tutors and lecturers in training and education as being beneficial in raising the trainee’s chance of successfully completing a qualification.