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JOB SEARCH / MAY. 08, 2014
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How to Interpret the DISC Personality Test Results

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If you are not aware of the Disc Personality Test, please refer to my previous article; How to Take the DISC Personality Test. To give you a quick overview, here are the key points regarding this personality test:

  • The DISC Personality Test is an assessment tool that is used to determine different behaviour types.
  • Based on your answers during the test, you will be given a personality type. There are four behaviour types and it is quite common for the results to be a mixture.
  • By taking this test in the workplace, people can become more aware of their own personal actions and behaviours. It is also a great tool for understanding the people who are working around you. It can also; promote strong teams, increase motivation, encourage goal-setting, eliminate conflict, strengthen communication and much more.
  • The four behaviour types are: (1) Dominance, (2) Influence, (3) Steadiness and (4) Compliance/Conscientiousness. Spelling of course; DISC.

It is one thing to understand what the test is and how it can benefit you; it’s another to know exactly what your results mean. There are numerous possible outcomes, so it is hard to describe results in detail. With that being said, knowing how to interpret your own personal results is the most crucial component. This test is ultimately a reflection of our behaviour. Being aware of how you react in specific situations can be very beneficial down the road (especially within a work environment). Let’s break down possible results, so that you have a better idea of what can be expected.

Possible Results

When you receive your DISC results, there will be no right or wrong answers. This test is an evaluation, so it will not reflect; skills, experience, or knowledge. It’s strictly an evaluation of your behaviour type.

The majority of people will not score high on one particular scale. For instance, high on just the dominance scale, or high on just the steadiness scale. It is most common to have a combination of these scales. For example, you may score high on compliance, but may also show high levels of influence. Here is a break-down of each type to better understand what they mean:

Dominance

  • Very goal-driven
  • Like authority and are very resourceful
  • Self-sufficient, working well in an individual setting
  • Like challenging tasks and competition
  • Tend to be a direct person

Influence

  • Very optimistic
  • Like to persuade people
  • Relate well to others
  • Emotional
  • Talkative and personable

Steadiness

  • Tend to be steady and stable
  • Will be a good team player
  • Prefer close, personal relationships
  • Sympathetic
  • Will resist change

Compliance

  • Will be very independent
  • Tend to feel restrained by regulations
  • Like to be judged on your results
  • Detail-oriented
  • Precise and accurate in the things they do

Now that you have an idea of what these four behaviour types reflect in terms of personality. Let’s look at a couple of possible DISC Personality Test outcomes.

  1. Low on Dominance: Will want others to resolve problems and take action. This individual will be; cautious, indirect, patient, a good listener and more. As you can see, there are no ’bad’ qualities. Some careers will need a more dominant individual, which may or may not be you.
  2. High on Influence: Want to be around people, establish relationships quickly and outgoing. Since they are more focused on people, results and detailed tasked may suffer. You can see why people who rank high on influence, would be great working around people. Any occupation where people are the main focus would welcome these results.

These are just a couple examples. There are various possible results. Once you have your results, use them to your advantage. You may take a portion of your results and apply them to your CV. This will show specific strengths you have, that may work to your advantage.

Whether you take the DISC Personality Test at work or on your own, it is a great self-awareness tool. Take the DISC Personality test today and you might find out more about your own behaviour than you ever thought possible.

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