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Define the ideal employee tool

There are some basics that dictate whether an employee will excel. Fundamentally, their job preferences, personality and general mental ability must be congruent with the requirements of the job they are to do. It's important therefore to know the characteristics of people needed in each role.

Our tool allows you to select the job preferences, personality and general mental ability and produce a report for each job that you can use in your recruitment as a statement of requirement. Once determined, you then just need to find someone who meets that requirement!

When you're done, let's chat about how you can search for, attract, select and get such people on-board.

How to use this tool

  • Take each characteristic in turn.
  • Slide the slider progressively to the right.
  • Choose the write up that best decribes the person you require.
  • Click 'get my results' to generate your report.
  • Then give us a call to discuss how you might then proceed (optional).

Their Preferences


As technically oriented as many people. Somewhat drawn to activities that involve manipulation of mechanical devices and principles of mechanics and physics. Is neutral in his/her preference for working outside. Is as happy working with things as he/she is working with ideas. Is as motivated to solve concrete problems as he/she is solving abstract problems.


Is as happy as many applying logic and/or scientific principles to the resolution of experimental problems. Neither likes nor dislikes working in environments where investigation prevails over the search for practical solutions. Will engage in activities that involve the manipulation and solving of abstract ideas. Is ambivalent about highly structured situations and having to follow lots of rules.


Ambivalent about arts, e.g. music, composing, dance, drama, art, writing and design. As happy as many people working in unstructured situations where they can manage problems through self-expression. Sometimes prefers working alone, but will also enjoy when surrounded by other creative people.


As interested as many in caring for others and charitable work. They are somewhat fulfilled by helping people solve problems or improve themselves. Has some attraction towards to roles such as teaching, counselling and other caring roles. They see themselves neither as a good leader nor a bad leader.


Is ambivalent about managing and leading others. Will work somewhat to achieve objectives through others, or from taking charge of situations. They enjoy sometimes using words to effectively to convince others of their viewpoint.


Enjoys somewhat developing and maintaining systems and operating business machines. Is ambivalent about activities that involve organising and administration. Can use well-established work practices but conversely, may sometimes shun these. They are not uncomfortable if they don't know the rules, or don't see well-defined tasks.

Their Personality


As organised as most but still flexible enough to make changes when circumstances dictate. Aware of group norms but happy to breach these in order to get work done. Seen often as someone that sits on the fence, sometimes rigid, sometimes accommodating.


Can be open and friendly to others, but depending on the circumstances they may also be more distant and less likely to express their feelings. Can strive to accommodate others but equally will not unduely seek approval of others.


Somewhat calm and composed but can become stressed when work pressures rise. Can make use of nervous energy when this is useful to generate enthusiasm for action. As concerned as most about their image and future successes.

Openness To New Ideas

Able to balance the need to do realistic and practical activities with the generation of ideas. Will work with tried and tested methods when they see this as appropriate. But equallty can accommodate the need to work in a less structured environment.


Happy working alone, or within a small group. Whilst not always seeking opportunities to engage with people and large groups they will be able to socialise when this is needed. They will be able to avoid the need for social interraction in order to settle to work alone.

Their Aptitude

Verbal Reasoning

Using language, can express themselves well enough for everyday use. Will find complex verbal arguments difficult to follow. The middle third of society have this level of aptitute.

Numeric Reasoning

Can deal with concepts and ideas concerning numbers and the relationships between numbers but likely to prefer fact over ideas. The middle third of society have this level of aptitute.

Abstract Reasoning

Can conceptualise to some extent. But is more likely to prefer skills and knowledge rooted in fact. Can handle well set-out ideas. The middle third of society have this level of aptitute.

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