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HEXACO Deep Dive


HEXACO Deep Dive

💡 Personality is the characteristic patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that make a person unique. It is believed that personality arises from within the individual and remains fairly consistent throughout life. While there are many different definitions of personality, most focus on the pattern of behaviors and characteristics that can help predict and explain a person's behavior.

👉 A personality test is a tool used to assess human personality. Personality testing and assessment refer to techniques designed to measure the characteristic patterns of traits that people exhibit across various situations. Personality tests are often used both to improve workplace synergy and to find the right candidate for open roles

The HEXACO Deep Dive measure, based on the IPIP-HEXACO Inventory, is a six-dimensional model of human personality and was created by Ashton & Lee (2009). It is based on findings from a series of lexical studies involving several European and Asian languages. This assessment offers a holistic and very precise description of personality. This is great for users who want a precise and extensive picture of candidates.

The instrument assesses six major dimensions of personality:

Honesty-Humility: People with high scores on the Honesty-Humility scale avoid manipulating others for personal gain, feel little temptation to break rules, are uninterested in lavish wealth and luxuries, and feel no special entitlement to elevated social status. Conversely, people with low scores on this scale will flatter others to get what they want, are inclined to break rules for personal profit, are motivated by material gain, and feel a strong sense of self-importance.

Emotionality: People with high scores on the Emotionality scale experience fear of physical dangers, experience anxiety in response to life's stresses, feel a need for emotional support from others, and feel empathy and sentimental attachments with others. Conversely, people with very scores on this scale are not deterred by the prospect of physical harm, feel little worry even in stressful situations, have little need to share their concerns with others, and feel emotionally detached from others.

eXtraversion: People with high scores on the Extraversion scale feel positively about themselves, feel confident when leading or addressing groups of people, enjoy social gatherings and interactions, and experience positive feelings of enthusiasm and energy. Conversely, people with very low scores on this scale consider themselves unpopular, feel awkward when they are the center of social attention, are indifferent to social activities, and feel less lively and optimistic than others do.

Agreeableness (versus Anger): People with high scores on the Agreeableness scale forgive the wrongs that they suffered, are lenient in judging others, are willing to compromise and cooperate with others, and can easily control their temper. Conversely, people with very low scores on this scale hold grudges against those who have harmed them, are rather critical of others' shortcomings, are stubborn in defending their point of view, and feel anger readily in response to mistreatment.

Conscientiousness: People with high scores on the Conscientiousness scale organize their time and their physical surroundings, work in a disciplined way toward their goals, strive for accuracy and perfection in their tasks, and deliberate carefully when making decisions. Conversely, people with low scores on this scale tend to be unconcerned with orderly surroundings or schedules, avoid difficult tasks or challenging goals, are satisfied with work that contains some errors, and make decisions on impulse or with little reflection.

Openness to Experience: People with high scores on the Openness to Experience scale become absorbed in the beauty of art and nature, are inquisitive about various domains of knowledge, use their imagination freely in everyday life, and take an interest in unusual ideas or people. Conversely, people with low scores on this scale are rather unimpressed by most works of art, feel little intellectual curiosity, avoid creative pursuits, and feel little attraction toward ideas that may seem radical or unconventional.

💡 The HEXACO Deep Dive measure is a self-reported inventory. These tests involve having participants read questions and then rate how well the question or statement applies to them

👉 HiPeople focuses on self-reported personality tests. Why? They can be standardized and use established norms. Self-inventories are also relatively easy to administer and have much higher reliability and validity than projective tests

Each item is a phrase describing a behavior.

Example question:

“I don't pretend to be more than I am.”

Please rate your level of agreement with the statement.

Strongly Disagree (1) - Strongly Agree (7)

The HEXACO Deep Dive takes approximately 20-25 minutes.

For what kind of jobs should I use the HEXACO Deep Dive?

Any role where it’s useful to gather insights regarding how candidates behave in a work context and predict job performance  and company fit. This may include but not limited to sales, project managers, planners, customer success, and marketing roles.

When to use the HEXACO Deep Dive?

Personality assessments can be used at any stage of the hiring process. You can use them to get to know candidates but also for your employees to build thriving relationships in the workplace.

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