The McQuaig Word Survey® for assessing candidates. This fifteen-to-twenty minute employment test helps you evaluate the behaviours a candidate will bring to the job.

It also provides you with questions for measuring how these behaviours have impacted past job performance. Here is a quick video on what The McQuaig Word Survey® tell us about the individual.

How to read the Word Survey Graph?

Questions in Word Survey?

What is The Word Survey?

The Word Survey is an on-line pre-employment test that measures an individual's underlying temperament and behaviour patterns - as well as his/her morale and adjustment on the job.

How is it used?

Use The Word Survey to:

  • Learn as much as you can about an individual’s work habits before you make a job offer.
  • Understand the temperament and behaviour patterns that candidates will bring to the job: for instance, their level of urgency, people focus, sales orientation or independence.
  • Get a list of focused interview questions based on the candidate's own profile.

What are the benefits?

  • No more guesswork: Understanding a candidate's temperament greatly improves your ability to predict on-the-job performance. You reduce reliance on "gut feeling" when making hiring decisions. It has been demonstrated that personality tests, if used correctly, can greatly improve the hiring process.
  • Improve your interview process: Hiring managers can use customized behavioural interview questions and probes to increase objectivity and consistency in the interview process. By focusing on behavioural factors that are relevant to success, managers use their time more effectively and make more-informed decisions.

Who completes The Word Survey?

The candidate for a position fills it out on-line. Usually, this takes no more than twenty minutes.

The McQuaig Word Survey® generates 10 reports:

These are broken into 3 sections:

  • Understanding
  • Recruiting/Promoting
  • Managing/Coaching tips

1. The Profile

A graphical summary that provides trained interpreters with a picture of his/her temperament/behaviour patterns – illustrating their natural style of behaviour and noting any changes they may be making because of their current situation.

2. Interpretation Report

Use this report for a comprehensive and fundamental understanding of the potential assets she brings to the job, possible areas for development/concern and an indication of any adjustment to their current situation.

3. Leadership Profile

Provides a summary of their likely behaviour in a leadership role. Use this report if they are currently in or, he/she is an applicant for a leadership position in your company or if they may be required to assume leadership responsibilities from time to time (e.g. projects, meetings, special assignments

4. Selling Style Report

Provides a summary of his/her likely behaviour in a sales role. Use this report if he/she is currently in or, is an applicant for a sales role in your company or if, in their current role they are expected to sell ideas or solutions or persuade others to her point of view etc.

5. Interviewing Questions

Behaviourally based Interviewing Questions. Use these questions to probe into their past on-the-job behaviours to allow you to predict future on the job behaviours.

6. Management Overview

Use this report on a regular basis as a quick reminder of his/her profile. Be sure to study the other fuller reports before giving feedback or making decisions.

7. Motivating Factors

Use this report to understand his/her inner needs in order to assess whether they are being met in their current job or if they would realistically be met in a potential new role.

8. Strategies for Coaching and Developing

Use this report for guidance on how to work with them effectively. If you have a copy of your own ‘Do’s and Don’ts’, (found in this same report), comparing your expectations with theirs will be especially enlightening.

9. Developmental Learning Style Report

To select the best training approach, use this report if you are training him/her on a one-to-one basis or are considering investing in formal training courses for them. Any induction process will go much more smoothly if you understand and use this report in their first few weeks on the job.

10. Team Approach

Use this report to understand how they work in a team. If they are currently on your team you can compare this report with the Team Approach Reports of other members of your team. This will add considerably to your understanding of your team’s current dynamics. If he/she is an applicant, use this report to see how their style might impact those dynamics.