Have you considered giving the Everything DiSC Workplace assessment to a recent graduate? I just did that. I have a young friend who received both her high school diploma and associates degree this year. I thought she would find the results interesting and it would be something we could talk about when she came to visit.
She didn’t take the assessment right away and I was a little worried that she thought it was a stupid gift. When I asked her about her results, however, this is what she had to say:
“It’s elaborate. Usually you get a vague outline that’s just enough to be applicable.”
She felt it was quite accurate, and while it felt similar to other assessments she’s taken, the Workplace was much more explicit and useful.
I know that some people worry that an 18-year-old might not have enough self-awareness to get an accurate result from a personality test. That’s why I’m glad Everything DiSC uses computerized adaptive testing. It ensures greater accuracy by adding questions when a preference is not clear from prior test answers.
Plus, I didn’t need to worry about this young woman feeling unsure. Her dot ended up on the outer edge indicating a strong inclination to this style. When we talked about that she said, “Whatever I am, I’m very aggressively that.” Knowing her, I think that’s true.
Like everyone I’ve ever known to receive their results, she spent a long time looking at her own style and talked about that. But she preferred the portion on how she relates to others. This is an area that can be a struggle for her and we talked about her roommates’ styles and how she might communicate better with them.
We chatted for some time about our own styles and the styles we think her parents might be. I wonder if her additional preference for i style might reflect her mother’s strong i preference and might not appear in an assessment taken 10 years from now and not at her mother’s computer.
We both admitted how we sometimes act from the more maladaptive side of our styles, and the report made this type of conversation much less preachy than it might have been if I tried to talk about these issues without the DiSC context.
I asked her what she thought of getting a personality test as a graduation gift.
“It’s great. This will help me with writing a resume, with how to pitch myself. It gives you good solid adjectives.”
I’m happy that I gave this gift. It gave her a new tool to use in her life and it helped us have a really meaningful conversation. Since we have very similar styles, it also helped strengthen our bonds. We had several “Oh, I know. Me, too” moments.
by Kristeen Bullwinkle and the DiSCProfile.com team