Individual profiling can help an employer find people with the right mix of working skills, and soft skills, to make a positive contribution to their business.
Working, or normative skills, are usually reasonably easy to assess as they are measurable. For instance, if you were recruiting a lathe operator you would need to find someone who has experience in operating a lathe.
Soft or ipsative skills, are not usually immediately apparent, and that is where individual profiling can help, as it is a way to assess a candidate’s personality traits or behaviour, thus giving an accurate insight of how someone may fit in to a business environment or an existing team.
This is also useful for students, initially in choosing a course at university or college that matches their profile, and later when they are looking for employment, in identifying the kinds of jobs and businesses that would match their skills. It means they can be well prepared for job interviews, by knowing exactly what they can offer to potential employers.