Are you exploring emotional intelligence assessment options for yourself or your team? Keep these key points in mind when looking for the right one.
What is an Emotional Intelligence Assessment?
An emotional intelligence assessment is not a personality test. There is a significant difference between the two. Personality type assessments merely attempt to identify an individual’s motivation and internal perception (self-awareness). In effect, the “type” results are a static element. Knowing that you are an introvert or extrovert, while interesting, is unlikely to change your behavior or performance. Therefore, personality “typing” provides little in the way of guidance towards improvement.
Conversely, emotional intelligence assessment seeks to identify more instrumental facets. The emotional intelligence assessment measures five essential skills: self-awareness, self-regard, self-control, social effectiveness, and social perception. Combining the collective information this kind of assessment provides, in effect, gives an overview of an individual’s current psychological perspective. We call this a psychological snapshot.
Overall development plans may differ, but periodic reassessment is recommended. While reassessing does require more time, there is an overwhelming benefit to the commitment. Intermittent assessment provides new data points. As these psychological snapshots accumulate, trends become visible, and we see the changes. Effectual change is, after all, the aim.
Balanced Testing: Time Required vs. Data Collected
A plan that requires measurement at multiple points in time must be efficient. Many assessments, either EQ or personality, take 30 minutes to over an hour to complete. Other assessments take very little time, asking as few as 15 questions. Of course, shorter assessments limit the data. Reassessing at planned intervals calls for conciseness and thoroughness. Our partners at BlueEQTM provide such an assessment. The self-assessment consists of 150 questions and takes only 20 minutes to complete. Certainly, you can find 20 minutes, every few months, for self-improvement.
Understanding Emotional Intelligence Assessment Results
Expect a detailed analysis of the participant’s results. In order to be meaningful, we need enough data points to build the psychological snapshot. Additionally, it must be easy to understand. Have a look at the BlueEQTM assessment results below. These results meet the requirements illustrated above, detailed yet easy to absorb.
As you can see – BlueEQ assessment results take the form of a colored heat map. In this one graphic, participants can quickly identify those areas that will be the most beneficial to improve. Accordingly, they can easily identify factors for each of the skills and dimensions.
- Risk Factors (in red)
- Limiting Factors (in orange)
- Growth Factors (in yellow)
- Strength Factors (in green)
- Success Factors (in blue)
With these factors in mind, individuals identify the skills and behaviors they wish to improve. In brief, they develop a personal development plan. Providing a systematic approach to ensure the highest levels of success. Consider what Scott Mautz, reporting for inc.com, learned when he took the assessment.
In summary, an emotional intelligence assessment, when carried out properly, provides actionable results.
Emotional Intelligence Assessment Validity
Another key factor in relation to effective assessment is report validity. We cannot overemphasize the importance of reliable results. Without accurate and precise results, any analysis of the snapshots would be suspect at best. The BlueEQTM emotional intelligence assessment has by far the highest validation scores in the industry. In fact, a 3rd-party study found reliability for BlueEQ to be 91% across all 150 items. (For a full briefing on reliability and validity, see Dr. Gyll’s analysis.)
Take 20 minutes to initiate a lifelong change. Contact us to take an emotional intelligence assessment for yourself, your team, and/or your company today.