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BESSI

Soft Skills

Behavioral, Emotional, and Social Skills Inventory (BESSI)

The Behavioral, Emotional, and Social Skills Inventory by Soto and colleagues (2022) (short: BESSI) is a comprehensive, reliable, valid, and efficient measure of social, emotional, and behavioral skills. It measures five major skill domains, which quickly summarize someone’s soft skills: Self-Management Skills, Social Engagement Skills, Cooperation Skills, Emotional Resilience Skills, and Innovation Skills.

What the BESSI measures..

People differ in their social, emotional, and behavioral skills. These skills are often referred to as Soft Skills. Soft skills are interpersonal skills that characterize a person's relationships with other people. In the workplace, soft skills are considered to be a complement to hard skills, which refer to a person's knowledge and occupational skills. Soft Skills like, for example, Social Engagement and Cooperation Skills can help people maintain satisfying relationships and attain higher social status.

How do we assess Soft Skills?

BESSI measures five major skill domains, which quickly summarize a person's soft skills: Self-Management Skills, Social Engagement Skills, Cooperation Skills, Emotional Resilience Skills, and Innovation Skills.

There are six soft-skill modules to be rated:

  1. Self Management Skills
  2. Cooperation Skills
  3. Social Engagement Skills
  4. Emotional Resilience Skills
  5. Innovation Skills
  6. Compound Skills

Across these five domains, the BESSI measures 32 specific skill facets.

What does this look like for the candidate?

Each module contains 6 likert-scale ratings

👉 Example question

“Please rate how well you can perform the above activity. Note that how well you can do something may be different from how often you do it, or how much you like to do it.”

Answering format: Likert Scale ranging from “not very well” to “extremely well”

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