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The role of personal assessment in a successful career

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Most professionals know the feeling – you’ve started a new job, work has started to pile up, and you start to feel inadequate in your position. Am I doing this correctly? What if I don’t do this right and they fire me?


It’s not unusual to be asking these questions and, for the most part, they tend to fade away after time as you get more settled.


Sometimes, however, that nagging feeling seems to stick in the back of your mind and you find yourself continuously judging your own work harsher than your superiors. It may be unfounded, it might not be. The question you should be asking yourself in cases such as this is what you can do to get rid of this feeling, or how you can better yourself to feel more comfortable in your position.


We all remember our millennial professional John, the university graduate who went through a rigorous pre-employment process of background screening, qualification verifications, and, most challenging of all, the interview process. After working in his position for a few months, John has started to struggle at work. Whether it’s a lack of confidence or a genuine lack of the skills required to do the job, he’s starting to flounder under the pressure and watchful eye of his superiors. What can he do to fix this issue?


Don’t be afraid to ask for help

The worst thing you can do when you’re struggling at work is to try keep quiet and soldier on. Yes, you might feel like you can fix the problem by yourself, that all you need is a bit of time to find a rhythm, but at the end of the day it’s the company’s time you’re using to work on yourself and that’s taking valuable time away from their needs. If you continue to struggle alone and your productivity takes a hit, your management might take notice for all the wrong reasons.


So we have John, sitting at his desk at work, stuck on a project he’s been trying to work on for weeks with no progress. He remembered his supervisor once mentioning an open door policy if anyone ever needed to talk. John needed to talk.


By simply approaching his superiors, John showed initiative and the capability to assess his own flaws and act on them. This is already a positive personality trait that will endear you to your employers, and seeking action will only go further to ensuring your job security.


After a lengthy discussion, it was finally suggested that John seek a Personal Development Analysis (PDA) from iFacts. Despite walking into the supervisor’s office not knowing what he was getting himself into, he left with the confidence that a PDA would be able to help him identify his personal strengths and weaknesses in a professional context and give him a way to recognise whether he’s truly fit for the job he’s in or not. Furthermore, he felt secure in the knowledge that the assessment would assist in identify areas that needed further development so that he could get the required knowledge and training to help him complete those challenging tasks more effectively.


Personal Development Analysis (PDA)

Understanding what a general PDA entails can be beneficial to both individuals, whether they’re job-seeking or already employed, and companies of all sizes. By having a professional study done on the personality traits of a candidate, human resource teams at companies can make more informed hiring decisions, just as individuals can identify whether the job they’re applying for is suitable to their strengths.


At its core, a PDA is an in-depth and highly accurate personality and behaviour assessment tool that uses scientifically backed tools and methodologies to develop a behaviour profile for the subject. This information can be used by qualified PDA analysts to match the results with and evaluate the behavioural and competency requirements for any specific job.


The global uptake of this tool has seen it adopted in 32 countries, with companies ranging from SMME equivalent businesses to massive global corporations using this information provided by PDAs to identify, develop, and retain talent within their organisations. Naturally, a tool of this nature has found its place as a leading tool for HR consulting companies that provide outsourcing services to companies of all sizes.


Recognising the benefits that the PDA could provide in addressing his current slump, John approached iFacts in order to get a professional assessment done by one of the company’s qualified analysts. After a brief 10-15 minute online questionnaire, the accredited PDA analyst was able to use the data to form a precise diagnostic report that will equip either you as an individual or as a company with the information to make better decisions regarding your position at your company.


Following the assessment, John and his supervisor were able to pinpoint exactly where the issue lay and how he could be address it. By completing the PDA, John not only helped himself improve on a personal level, but also ensured that his productivity levels returned to normal (perhaps even exceeding his expectations) and that he is able to conduct his duties at work efficiently.


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