Senior Psychologist Nikita Mikhailov blogs about the practicality and wisdom of using multiple assessment tools.
Working in the world of psychometrics sometimes makes me feel like a kid in a candy store - so many tools, measurements, colours, etc... In my opinion, psychometric assessments are tools that can be used to add value to selection and development processes. I personally enjoy discovering what tools are out there, new and old, and getting to know them and trained in them where possible. At the same time, I appreciate how easy it is to become comfortable with one assessment tool - after all, if you already use a tool that you consider to be great, and you are comfortable and familiar with it, why would you need to know or get trained to use a second one? Or even a third? Actually, there may be plenty of reasons.
For me, being trained to use several tools gives me freedom - freedom of choice - and I enjoy opening my 'tool box' and choosing the one I think will bring the most value to the project and the client. Some clients and consultancies have their preferences; however, by being versed in many tools I can better understand why someone would want to use a particular tool, and therefore not only propose the 'best' tool for the job, but also explain why this is so.
I do not believe that assessments are mutually exclusive: sometimes using several assessments that are quite similar, such as the NEO and Lumina Spark, can be very productive and informative. I also know that I am not alone in that opinion: for example, my respected peer and friend David Lurie recently announced via Twitter that he is formulating a report based on assessments from 7 tools.
I personally find that due to the very personal nature of our work (personal approaches to coaching, feedback, etc.), the training session itself provides me with a great opportunity to learn from my peers: not only from the ones performing the training, but also fellow trainees.
Working at Hogrefe, I have the opportunity to use the NEO PI-R extensively and it is a great, diverse tool (and not just because I work for its publisher!). Even so, despite my admiration for NEO's many benefits, I do enjoy using other tools. I have recently trained in the Hogan Suite and am looking forward to using the NEO with HDS (thank you PCL for a wonderful training course!).
I see NEO as an extensively-validated tool that offers a very clear output profile and in-depth reports if needed, which can add value by being used on its own but also pairs easily with other tools - such as the LJI, HDS, or both.