Assessment Tools

The increasing size, complexity, and geographical reach of organisations continually raise the bar for effective global performance. Fortunately, sophisticated and practical assessment instruments are available to support the evaluation and development of intercultural competence. These tools can be used to assess and prepare individuals and teams for intercultural work assignments.

What tools are most appropriate and effective for your particular needs will be determined in close collaboration with you. The many instruments we employ serve a variety of purposes. While some tools serve more than one purpose, there is no single tool that can accomplish all HR objectives. We specialise in tools that measure the ability of individuals and teams to adapt from one culture to another or to work in a culturally diverse setting.

At Career Must we employ a mix of quantitative and qualitative assessment instruments such as scenario-based assessments. Our quantitative assessments are based on a huge database of peers, which renders the results comparable. In concert with our quantitative instruments, we use research-based qualitative methods to assess soft factors and fine-tune the assessment.

The results are shared with you to enable your organisation to make informed decisions about particular assignments and can be integrated into customising the optimal development strategies. Via self-assessment tools, we enable your organisation to independently and privately assess motivations, readiness and intercultural skills for living and working in other cultural environments.

To assist you in establishing the level of fit between your organisation and the candidate, our tools assess general intercultural competence and personality traits as well as situational factors pertinent to the specific assignment:

Intercultural competence:

  • Cultural values and work styles
  • Cultural adaptability
  • Sensitivity, competence and respect towards cultural contexts
  • Intercultural communication
  • Intercultural effectiveness
  • Intercultural team leadership

Personality traits:

  • Differences between personal and cultural values
  • Valuing and harnessing differences
  • Perceptiveness
  • Context sensitivity
  • Openness
  • Interaction with people in new or unfamiliar situations
  • Network and relationship-building
  • Ambiguity tolerance
  • Empathy
  • Flexibility in behaviour
  • Capability and ambition for learning
  • Personal and professional commitment
  • Motivation
  • Coping with fear and stress
  • Emotional strength
  • Resilience

Situational factors:

  • Target culture-specific knowledge
  • Specific skills required
  • Language ability
  • Family factors

Upon completion of the assessment tools, we summarise the data and generate an individual profile with comprehensive feedback. Based on the particular findings, we can craft a detailed development plan to address the areas that require improvement. The plan may consist of coaching, training, and self-learning in order to strengthen the desired behaviours that will be critical to the objectives of the particular assignment.

Please enquire with us to learn how our assessment tools enable you to optimise your HR decisions!