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Measuring Assertiveness

Assertiveness is the natural tendency to take action or control in most situations.

Assertiveness Soft Skills

Understanding whether a candidate leans more reserved or more aggressive is critical to understanding how quickly they are likely to take action and how well they interact with others.

Personality assessments helps employers by measuring assertiveness 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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Our Assess solution can help you identify critical skills related to assertiveness, or if you are interested in testing specifically for assertiveness, our Create solution can do that for you.


People who are adaptable are:

  • Self-Starting
  • Ambitious
  • Energetic
  • Good Leaders

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. 

Assertiveness in the Workplace

Reserved: Candidates lower in assertiveness are less confident in their actions and tend to make decisions more slowly. When faced with obstacles, they tend to stop and assess their options. They typically desire input or direction from others.

Aggressive: Candidates higher in assertiveness are more likely to move forward, take action, and deal with problems in most situations. They tend to be decisive and direct when dealing with others. At extremes, they may seem confrontational or stubborn.

HighMatch’s Assess solution helps organizations determine what levels of assertiveness are critical for success in each job by looking at the characteristics of top performers and finding the commonalities.

Employees whose talents fit the job are more productive, happier and stay longer.

Roles requiring high assertiveness:

  • Attorneys
  • C-Suite
  • First Responders
  • Physicians
  • Project Managers

HighMatch candidate reports make it crystal clear if candidates possess the innate talents needed to succeed in the job defined by your organization. For existing employees, our Screen solution provides a more rigorous analysis to help determine their ability to succeed in a higher position.

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Wayne Homes uses HighMatch to Identify the Most 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.

Measuring Assertiveness

in an Interview

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

  • For example, ask how they responded when faced with a time-sensitive obstacle at work. A more assertive person will describe how they took action and dealt with the problem.
  • Ask how they would react if a co-worker appeared to be struggling with a task. Would they seek someone else’s input to help that person, or deal with it directly and decisively?

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 Assertiveness, among six other core personality traits, as part of its core personality assessment provided through our Assess solution, and offers the ability to couple this assessment with skill assessments from our massive library of tests.

Our workplace psychologists 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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