Psychometric Testing

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 Why do people need counselling?

Industrial and technological advancement has resulted in increased material comforts, higher prosperity but a sedentary lifestyle. This progress has led to breakdown of joint families into small,nuclear families. There is less social interaction, less time for others, loneliness, anxiety and stress. Statistics show that the rate of mental disturbances in terms of suicide, alcoholism, drugs, marital breakdown and the like are increasing at an alarming rate. In short there is deterioration of physical and mental health due to a rapidly changing lifestyle.

From amongst those who suffer from psychological disorders, there is a vast majority who have no access to proper help or guidance. Such persons then turn to unscientific sources like godmen, black magic, and other unhealthy practices. These worsen their problems rather than giving them solutions.

Merely listening to them and equipping them with necessary life skills to cope with stressful situations can effectively treat a majority of such people. Professional counseling is just this process of listening and providing these skills. Psychotherapy is the science of application of psychological principles in treatment of various mental illnesses.

 

Personality Testing

Personality Testing

Is somebody actually what they seem to be?

Impressions could be superficial or our own inferences may be incorrect. Personality Testing offers an accurate, micro-level scan of an individual’s persona.

We judge people largely based on our own experiences and abilities. This is an informal assessment, which we all do in our everyday life.

However, the question is, how accurate and reliable is it?

There are many occasions when an objective, unbiased and accurate assessment of an individual’s personality is needed. In such a scenario, Personality Testing shows the way.

How it benefits you…

* Help the individuals in resolving emotional conflicts
* Help students in proper educational & vocational choice
* Help employers in proper selection of human resources

Counseling People uses Personality Testing to make individuals aware of who they are and what they like. This helps students in making the correct vocational or educational choice.

For employers, it helps in selecting and recruiting the right talent.

Aptitude Testing

Aptitude Testing

Each of us is inclined towards a particular type of job or work.

That is, we have an aptitude for something. Knowing exactly what it is can go a long way in shapingour career and life.

Every individual is unique, which can be attributed to his inherent genetic structure. Naturally, the likes and dislikes, interests and abilities differ from person to person.

Knowing how good an individual is at a particular task is crucial in shaping his career and his life at large. Aptitude Testing offers a convenient way to find out how strong or capable a person is towards some specific work.

How it benefits you…

* Help students in the proper choice of courses & careers
* As aptitude tests measures ability they are designed to identify specific strengths in different areas
* Helps in development of social traits

By using different aptitudes tests like General Aptitude Test Battery, Differential Aptitude Test Battery, we provide an integrated, scientific and standardized procedure for measuring the abilities of individuals for purposes of educational and vocational guidance.

Attitude Testing

Attitude Testing

Who you are is how you come across to other people.

Having the right attitude is important – both in your personal as well as professional life. Aptitude Testing helps to know to which extent favourable qualities have been developed in an individual.

As people are born, raised and educated in widely differing circumstances, they imbibe different values during their growth.

Values and beliefs are at the root of a particular person’s mindset. In fact, values often underlie and explain attitudes, behaviors and perceptions. So knowledge of an individual’s value system and attitudes can provide insight into what makes the person ‘tick’.

How it benefits you…

* To know the extent to which desirable attitudes have been developed in the person
* To enable clients to develop desirable attitudes
* To help the counselors and teachers to understand their clients and students respectively
* To help the clients in their career plans

Counseling People plays a key role by making people aware of the importance of Beliefs and Values in the formation of attitudes.

We enable to match individuals to specific jobs as well as match the individual’s personality and values with organizational values.

Interest Testing

Interest Testing

What a person likes or dislikes is highly individualistic and difficult to know upfront.

Interest Testing is a tool for effectively determining the interest levels of an individual vis-à-vis a particular activity. It is a pointer in choosinga course and pursuing the right career path; for employers, it assists in selection and recruitment.

Interests of human beings are numerous and at the same time, very complex. However, by psychological tests we can measure today even complex interests of a person.

How it benefits you…

* By providing information regarding a person’s preferences and interests and thus helping them to acquire better understanding of themselves
* By helping an individual to identify and clarify his/ her interest in terms of demands of varied courses and careers and choose work consistent with their interests
* By helping an individual to know the kinds and intensity of his interests and assist him to prepare for his educational and vocational plans consistent with them
* By helping in the selection of the right person for the right job and thus saving frustrations, unhappiness and disappointment in the lives of the individuals and increase productive capacity of individuals

EQ

EQ

Why are some business leaders more successful than others?

The answer lies in ‘emotional intelligence’, which is a key leadership quality. Determining the EQ enables leaders to manage their relationships effectively, leading to greater success at the workplace.

An organization is only as effective as its leaders.

Emotionally intelligent leaders enjoy more trust, respect and support from their people. Their interpersonal and intrapersonal effectiveness is higher. In other words, they are able to build better bonds with peers and subordinates as well as people outside the organization.

In today’s matrix-structured organizations, effective relationship management is the key to better performance. Those with high EI will easily outperform colleagues with low emotional intelligence.

Finding out the EQ will help in –

* Learning how to manage emotions & motivate self
* Developing good communication skills, interpersonal expertise & mentoring abilities
* Creating the ability to handle self & their relationships, and will be able to work in teams, and be able to lead people
* Developing social competency

 

At Counseling People, we make people aware of the importance of EI, and through assessment make them aware of their own EI level. Further, through Training / Counselling / Mentoring, we help them develop competencies so as to bridge the gap between the actual EI and the expected EI.

IQ
IQ

Often we come across situations where we need to make a decision.

Some decisions are trivial. However, some may impact our life greatly. As decision making is intrinsically linked with the individual’s IQ, finding the IQ facilitates in making the appropriate choice in any circumstance.

Sooner or later, everybody has to make choices in life. Whether it is opting for a course or programme, choosing a college or roommate or deciding upon the life partner, making the right choice is vital.

As preferences, interests and capabilities differ from person to person, the skill of making a choice also differs. To help individuals make the appropriate choice, thus making their journey smooth and satisfying, there is need of some objective measurements.

Determining the IQ is the first step in the right direction.

Finding out the IQ will help in –

*    Identification of strengths (Academic, verbal fluency, numeric ability, linguistic ability, etc.)
*    Identification of weaknesses (Academic or cognitive deficits)
*    Educational guidance (e.g. special subject a child should study)
*    Selection of schools for seeking admission
*    Staff selection
*    Identification of gifted children
*   Ascertaining mental retardation

 

Organization

Organization

Need for Psychometric Testing in the corporate world
As organizations operate in an increasingly globalized, highly competitive environment, they are compelled to rethink their strategies and policies.
Challenges typically faced by organizations today include

  • Shrinking Margins
  • Managing Resources
  • Talent Acquisition and Retention

Organizations today constantly work under   the pressures of

  • Quick Profitability
  • Constantly Managing Change
  • Continuous Learning & Re-skilling and
  • Decentralization

This has resulted in

  • Suppressed Emotions & Stress
  • Less of Team Work
  • Fear of Punishment

The spark of passion, which is vital, is often missing. Work has become more of a ‘have to’ rather than ‘want to’ or ‘would like to.’Along with the opportunities, come the challenges.
As managers and execs bask in economic prosperity, fly all over the world and enjoy a high-end lifestyle, the irony of the situation is not lost on them.
Some unpleasant offshoots of globalization include a feeling of emptiness, corporate scandals, corporate downsizing, mid-life soul searching and breakdown of traditional institutions (family).
Increasingly, humans crave for meaning in their professional life and expect the workplace to give stability in an otherwise unstable world.Realignment of individual goals with organizational objectives is crucial for improving bottomline performance and productivity.Pushed by these needs, today’s organizations have to be flexible, innovative and adaptive.
Organizations need

  • New Consciousness
  • New Thinking
  • New Approaches
  • New Solutions

to maximize the potential of the human capital for the benefit of the individual employee and for the welfare of the organization at large.The success of an organization depends on its:
Ability to use Human Talent –

  • To discover it
  • To develop it
  • To deploy it
  • To motivate it
  • To energize it
  • Ability to Acquire, Develop and use Knowledge faster than the competition
  • Ability to Manage ChangeKey benefits of Psychometric Testing & Assessment for corporates

Psychometric Testing and Assessment will help in proper

  • Understanding of Human Talent
  • Assessment of Human talent
  • Development of Human Talent

At Counseling People, we have the team and the tools to assess your colleagues on several parameters. The results of these various tests will spell out the enhancements that need to be made in any given behavioural domain.

Interpersonal Relations

Interpersonal Relations

Connecting with people in the right way is one of the basic qualities of successful individuals.

How employees bond with their peers, leaders and other stakeholders of the organization holds a lot of significance.

We have come to understand that technical skills are necessary, but they are not enough to succeed in management. In today’s increasingly competitive and demanding workplace, managers can’t succeed on their technical skills alone. They also have to have good interpersonal or people skills. Managers should be able to motivate and lead their work force effectively.
Improvement in interpersonal or people skills will help improve productivity; reduce absenteeism, employee turnover, and deviant workplace behavior; and increase organizational citizenship behavior and job satisfaction.
An employee who is good at interpersonal relations not only unlocks the door to his own success, but is also a priced asset for the enterprise.

Benefits

* Will improve relationship not only with colleagues but also with other people outside the work area like friends, spouse, relatives
* Will be able to bond with people, easily and more effectively

Communication Skills

Communication Skills
How you say it often makes all the difference.

By saying the right thing at the right moment, you portray yourself as confident, smart, knowledgeable and sociable too.

Organizations cannot exist without communication. If there is no communication, employees cannot know what their co-workers are doing, management cannot receive information inputs, and supervisors cannot give instructions. Co-ordination of work is impossible, and the organization will collapse for lack of it. Co-operation also becomes impossible, because people cannot communicate their needs and feelings to others.

Communication is a pre-requisite to effective management. All managerial actions pass through the bottleneck of communication and effective communication is the most crucial for attainment of organizational goals.

Whether it is verbal or written communication, getting the message across clearly and firmly, is a skill one will find helpful in every situation.

Benefits

* Will help people to improve their communication skills
* People will be aware of the communication barriers and be able to overcome them

 

Decision Making

Decision Making

In the business world, the stakes are often high.

Making the right decision at the right time is paramount for the organization.

Individuals in organizations make decisions. i.e., they make choices from among two or more alternatives. Top managers, for instance, determine their organizations goals, what products or services to offer, how best to finance operations, or where to locate a new manufacturing plant. Middle – level and lower-level managers determine production schedules, select new employees, and decide how pay raises are to be allocated. Of course, making decisions is not the sole province of managers. Non managerial employees also make decision that affects their jobs and the organizations for which they work. They decide whether to come to work on any given day, how much effort to put forth at work, and whether to comply with a request made by the boss. In recent years, organizations have been empowering their non-managerial employees with job-related decision-making authority that was historically reserved for managers alone. Individual decision making, therefore, is an important part of organizational behavior. But how individuals in organizations make decisions and the quality of their final choices are largely influenced by their perceptions.

How it benefits you…

* Will facilitate rational thinking
* Will help to arrive at the Right Decision

 
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Team Building

Team Building

Each of us is inclined towards a particular type of job or work.

That is, we have an aptitude for something. Knowing exactly what it is can go a long way in shapingour career and life.

Most organizations have accepted that real work at the workplace is accomplished by teams and not by individuals alone. Hence, an increasing number of organizations are taking recourse to team –based approaches to work. To remain productive, organizations need effective teams.

Development of teams requires the presence of a number of factors.  First, there has to be a clear and compelling vision which can bind the team members together. Secondly, teams need to develop norms to communicate, interact, and perform at the desired level. Apart from these factors, the selection of the right individuals to constitute the team plays a crucial role in team effectiveness.

A high performance team is possible only when individual team members are motivated, competent and comfortable with working together. A sense of camaraderie and the passion to work with peers towards a common goal are absolutely essential for a good team.

How it benefits you…

* Be able to work confidently in teams
* Be able to bond well in teams

Perception

Perception

The same thing is perceived differently by different people.
Perception is the source of one’s knowledge about the world. How an employee perceives himself and his workplace has a direct bearing on his efficacy and behavior in the organization.Individuals base their behavior not on the way their external environment actually is but rather on what they see or believe it to be. Whether a manager successfully plans and organizes the work of employees and actually helps them to structure their work more efficiently and effectively is far less important than how employees perceive the manager’s efforts. Similarly, employees judge issues such as fair pay for work performed, the validity of performance appraisals, and the adequacy of working conditions in very individual ways; we cannot be assured that they will interpret conditions about their jobs in a favorable light. Therefore, to influence productivity, it is necessary to assess how workers perceive their jobs.

Absenteeism, turnover, and job satisfaction are also reactions to an individual’s perceptions. Dissatisfaction with working conditions and the belief that an organization lacks promotion opportunities are judgments based on attempts to create meaning out of the job. The employee’s conclusion that a job is good or bad is an interpretation. Managers must spend time understanding how each individual interprets reality and, when there is significant difference between what someone sees and what exists, try to eliminate the distortions.For organizations, it is crucial to know the imagery of the ‘organization’ in the minds of their employees. Managers must appraise their employees’ performances. We evaluate how much effort our coworkers are putting into their jobs. When a new person joins a work team, the other members immediately “size him up.” In many cases, our judgments have important consequences for the organization,e.g.Employment Interview, Performance Expectatio,Performance Evaluation
Benefits

* To be aware of and understand the reality
* To remove misplaced notions
* To erase ill feelings about colleagues or the organization

Values

Values

How apt is the maxim – ‘times change, values don’t!’

Values and morals, which are deeply rooted in the psyche, continue to drive a person throughout his life.An individual’s character is eventually built onvalues he ingrained during his upbringing and schooling.

Values often underlie and explain attitudes, behaviors and perceptions. So knowledge of an individual’s value system and attitudes can provide insight into what makes the person ‘tick’.

Employees’ performance and satisfaction are likely to be higher if their values fit well with the organization.

Values are important to the study of organizational behavior because they lay the foundation for our understanding of people’s attitude and motivation and because they influence our perceptions.

How it benefits you…

* Will help in understanding of people’s attitudes & motivation
* Will be able to understand the value system of the individual as well as understand the organizational culture

 

Motivation

Motivation

Motivation is the fountainhead of all productive, creative work. 

How motivated an individual is can have an impact on how he performs and behaves at the workplace.

Motivation: Getting some;giving some; being inspired; inspiring others;leading self, leading others.

Everything is about motivation. Your happiness and well being; your productivity, achievement, success and self-esteem: all of these are integrally connected to motivation. From cradle to grave, we are all deeply involved in the art of inspiring ourselves and others.

Motivating yourself and others is a big task but it is necessary if we have to succeed in life.

Employees who are motivated will work passionately, taking things in stride. Giving off positive vibes, they also act as a source of inspiration for their peers.

How it benefits you…

* Be able to motivate self and others
* Understand what motivates self and be aware of one’s needs and desires

Leadership

Leadership

Not every leader is born with it. Leaders are, rather, made.

Qualities and circumstances play a significant role in the making of a great leader. Leadership skills can be developed to drive teams and steer the business towards higher growth.

Leadership is a process and a leader is the one who influences the employees in the organization and drives them towards the attainment of their collective goals. When the leader is able to influence and achieve success then that is called effective leadership. A true leader is one who creates the leaders at all levels, and may or may not have the most followers. True leaders are service –oriented and they serve the needs of the employees and strive to achieve the tasks of both the teams and individuals.

Leaders should win the minds and hearts of the people. Leaders at any level excel by taking care of others, empowering others, believing in values, ethics and truth.

Leadership is no longer limited to a handful of executives at the top level of an organization. In today’s turbulent business world, all employees must learn how to lead if their organizations are to thrive, even in challenging circumstances.

Great leaders move us. They ignite our passion and inspire us to deliver the best at all times.

How it benefits you…

* Be able to lead others effectively
* Be able to inspire others to accomplish the desired results
* Build effective teams

Negotiations
Negotiations

In a fiercely competitive scenario, everybody tries to drive a hard bargain.

Success lies in outsmarting the other with powerful negotiation. Negotiation skills help you achieve it, smoothly.

As the saying goes, true salesmanship begins when the customer says, ‘No’.

Right from the freshers in Sales/Marketing to the top rung execs, colleagues in any organization need to negotiate.

A negotiation is often portrayed as complicated, dramatic affairs involving powerful politicians or mighty business leaders or high-priced lawyers. But most often negotiations involve ordinary folks.

Negotiation is not a magic rite. Nor is it rocket science requiring very high qualification. Rather, it is fundamental human act, the process that enables the trading of goods and services, favors and obligations. A negotiation is the protocol of exchange.

Whether you deliver projects, sell products or offer services, persuasive negotiation will help turn circumstances into win-win situations; it will sway the decision in your favour.

How it benefits you…

* Be able to negotiate effectively
* Be able to influence the other side’s decision-making process; make better deals by creating better options

Presentations

Presentations

It’s all about creating a favourable picture and leaving a long-lasting impression.

Creating a ‘feel good’ environment at the beginning is as crucial as the actual presentation itself. Presentation skills enable you to accomplish this lucidly, also making it easier to put across your point in a convincing style.

Presentations are very powerful communication tools and can work to your advantage or disadvantage. The style with which you present has a great importance in the success of your presentation. It is important to find a style that suits your personality and suits the situation.

Whether it is a sales pitch or an effort at getting VC funding, making a compelling presentation is the key to success.

In fact, it is the effectiveness of the presentation that influences the decision makers to a great extent.

Presenting to audience, or even the mere thought of it can fill even the most courageous of us with fear and dread. Nerves prior to giving any presentation are perfectly normal. In fact, a certain amount of nervousness helps get the adrenalin going and can be beneficial to our performance. However, the problems arise when there is too much nervousness, which can spoil our performance.

How it benefits you…

* Be able to deliver impactful presentations
* Understand the importance of planning & preparation for any presentation
* Be able to understand the importance of visual aids and their use in presentations

Stress Management

Stress Management

Stress is an inescapable part of our professional life.

So the idea, actually, is to ‘manage’ stress. Because, if ignored, unchecked stress can have a negative bearing on the individual’s performance and relationships at the workplace.

We have never tried to limit our needs. And the desires, fueled by our aspirations and influenced by others’ expectations from us, are also unending. Our intense craving to fulfill our needs and desires creates tremendous stress in us and our inability to fulfill our needs and desires also adds to the stress.

Peer pressure, non performance and unrealistic career ambitions are the principal reasons of stress at the workplace.

Sometimes, fear of new technologies or the inability to upgrade oneself also induces stress among employees, which ultimately affects productivity.

The key to managing stress is one’s ability to understand oneself, and the ability to understand one’s needs and desires; the ability to understand where our happiness lies, what makes us happy; the ability to maintain a balance between our needs and desires.

Benefits

* Will be able to understand the causes and symptoms of stress
* Will be able to manage stress effectively

 

Time Management
Time Management

As the saying goes, ‘time is money’; which is all the more true of the workplace.

Making resourceful use of time is an essential quality in today’s executives and managers. Time Management equips individuals with specific skills, helping them make the most of every available moment.

Time is a finite commodity. To literally ‘make time’ is not possible; however, you can certainly get more done in the time available. Once time has been spent, it can never be recovered. Once it has gone, you have even less time to do what you want to do.

Each of us has the same amount of time available. Most of us admit that we do not have enough time, yet some people seem to manage to get more done than others.

Many people claim that lack of time is a big problem, until they come to the realization that it is not a problem, it is a symptom; a symptom of unclear objectives, of a poor allocation of priorities and of poor planning. You cannot manage time. The only thing you can manage is yourself.

Of all the resources, time is the least understood and the most mismanaged.

Wasting time, whether intentionally or unknowingly is against the larger interest of the organization. Smart scheduling of work and activities enables one to achieve more output in lesser time.

How it benefits you…

* Be aware of time wasters and be able to deal with them
* Be able to manage self (Time management is, in fact, a misnomer. We can’t manage time, we can only manage self.)

Conflict Management

Conflict Management

Unresolved differences can nurture hatred among colleagues and vitiate the atmosphere at the workplace.

With Conflict Management, managers can sort out issues amicably. By doing away with the discord, they can foster better understanding among the concerned people.

Most conflicts occur because people are different, not necessarily because they are wrong. Dealing with conflict, handling difficult situations and getting the most out of people who appear to be difficult can be very challenging. Few of us are naturally skilled in disarming the situations that threaten productivity at the workplace and cause emotional and psychological stress.

Conflict can occur in a situation in which there is an incompatibility in a relationship, a difference of values, actions, thoughts, expectations or principles; it can be an event that can result in a fight, struggle, clash or collision of mind or body. Conflict can result in avoidance and separation or it can bring people closer together. Conflict is inevitable and is part of everyday life at home, at work or in the community, and the manner by which it is resolved is one of the most critical factors in any relationship.

In the organizational scenario, where people from differing backgrounds and beliefs work together, conflict is practically unavoidable.

What is important, however, is reconciliation. The ability to effectively and permanently settle the issue is crucial in controlling the situation before it goes out of hand.

How it benefits you…

* Will be able to understand and manage conflicts well
* Will be able to resolve organizational conflicts

 

Recruitment & Selection

Recruitment & Selection

For any organization, people are its biggest asset.

One of the most important challenges faced by corporates today is of Talent Acquisition and Retention. In such a scenario, Group Task comes in as a powerful tool for selecting and appointing the right candidates.

Corporates are finding it difficult not only to acquire but also to retain talent. Frequent recruitment increases the overheads, including the cost of training.

Finding and recruiting the right candidate is hence highly crucial for organizations.

The selection interview has its limitations; it is just not possible to profile an aspirant accurately and completely in this traditional interactive process.
Group Task, on the other hand, can be effectively used to unmask a potential candidate’s persona. What makes Group Task highly accurate and reliable is that the conclusions in Group Task match with the findings in Psychometric Testing & Assessment.

How you will benefit

* Will be able to select the right talent among a pool of candidates.
* Will be able to map the competencies of candidates and identify areas of improvement.
* Will be able to ensure the right selection of candidates and cut down the attrition rate.