highmatch personality asssessment

Measuring Emotional

Intensity is a natural tendency to experience strong emotions when frustrated or faced with obstacles.

Emotional Intensity Soft Skills

Understanding whether a candidate leans more relaxed or more intense is critical to understanding how they will experience emotions when faced with a work challenge.

Personality assessments helps employers by measuring the intensity of prospective candidates so they understand where on the spectrum a candidate falls, and what impact this is likely to have on their ability to succeed in the role.

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People who are Intense are:

  • Passionate
  • Tenacious
  • Resilient

HighMatch creates custom job profiles which identify the personality traits, cognitive abilities and the skills required for success in the role and at your company. 

Our Assess solution can help you assess the intensity level of candidates, or if you are interested in testing for a custom trait, our Create solution can do that for you.

Emotional Intensity in the Workplace

Relaxed: People with lower intensity experience emotions less strongly when frustrated. They tend to seem more relaxed and approachable when facing a conflict or obstacle.

Intense: People with higher intensity tend to experience higher levels of emotion when frustrated or facing conflicts and obstacles. Whether or not this emotion is displayed outwardly depends on a person’s level of responsiveness.

HighMatch’s Assess solution helps organizations determine what levels of assertiveness are critical for success in each job and easily measure candidate’s against those benchmarks.

Roles requiring high Intensity:

  • Creative Director
  • Fitness Instructor
  • On-Air Talent
  • Physical Therapist

HighMatch candidate reports make it crystal clear if candidates possess the innate talents needed to succeed in the job defined by your organization.

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Wayne Homes uses HighMatch to Identify Qualified Applicants

Hear from Michael Luckie-Ewing, former VP of People and Culture at Wayne Homes, a custom home builder serving 5 states for over 40 years.

Michael and his team used HighMatch to better filter applicants for the qualities and skills that contribute to success across every role in their organization.

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Measuring Emotional Intensity

in an Interview

During the interview, you can gauge a candidate’s intensity by asking them to describe how they handled past situations.

  • For example, ask them to describe how they felt when challenged at work by a manager or co-worker. A more intense person may describe their emotional state in charged language, whereas a more relaxed person might speak more about how that challenge was addressed.
  • Ask how they tend to handle situations when things aren’t moving as quickly as they expected them to move. Intense people want to make things move more quickly, so you’d expect them to take steps to force the issue rather than being patient and waiting for things to get moving.

HighMatch provides interview questions tailored to each candidate. Each guide offers questions based on each person’s personality and skills, making it easy for you to ask thought-provoking questions.

Having trouble diving deeper into your candidates’ potential? Our Interview solution offers a playbook for consistent, objective questions to help you get the most out of your interviews.

The HighMatch Personality Assessment

HighMatch directly measures Intensity, among six other core personality traits, as part of its core personality assessment provided through our Assess solution.

Our workplace psychologists can conduct a benchmark study to understand what qualities are most critical for the role, analyze the qualities that top performers share, and then develop a customized Job Profile that includes personality traits, abilities, and skills.

That Job Profile is used to develop the scoring and weighting mechanism for the assessment, helping to identify whether the person is a high, medium, or low fit for the job.

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Buyer’s Guide

Selecting the right assessment solution from the hundreds available can be daunting. To make that process a little easier, we created a Buyer’s Guide.

It’s an objective, downloadable report created by our team of Industrial & Organizational (I/O) psychologists that outlines what to consider when evaluating assessment vendors. 

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