The “Spiegeltest” (Mirrortest) comprises two assessments: a “human character test”, in which people are asked to judge other people, and a “self-knowledge test”, in which people are asked to judge themselves. In both questionnaires, judgements are given about the same personality traits and behaviour with the marks 1 – 9.
A unique data-processing method is used to compute the relative value of the marks awarded. These relative values or ordinal numbers of the human character and self-knowledge tests are then correlated in such a way as to reveal in-accuracies about people’s self-judgement.
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Wherever people get together, there will be tension. This can be explained by differences in nature and conflicting interests. The manner in which individual people react in tense situations is expressed in behavioural strategies.
These individual behavioural strategies allow people to hold their own and achieve their goals in their dealings with other people. However, not every behavioural strategy is effective. That is why it is important to assess in advance how effectively someone will behave in a certain situation.
This assessment or prediction is usually made by analysing people’s occupational history, conducting interviews with them and assessing their personality in psychological tests.
Despite careful application of these methods, predictions on people’s suitability for certain positions do not always come true, which is why the Stichting Communicatie (Communication Institute) has developed a new assessment method to optimize the accuracy of predictions.
If people were willing and able to tell the truth, tests would not be necessary. Accordingly, psychological tests are used to elicit something from a person.
The most common methods are personality tests of the questionnaire type, which ask people to compile a kind of brief report about themselves by answering a number of questions with “yes” or “no”. The results are used to predict the effectiveness of their behaviour.
Many studies and publications have revealed that this assessment method may result in quite a few inaccuracies, because the people concerned:
- Tend to present a rosier picture of themselves (socially desirable behaviour);
- See through the hidden purpose of the question;
- Have insufficient knowledge of themselves;
- Have to answer the questions with a definite “yes” or “no”, regardless of the situation, which is often more complex and subtle.
Since correct predictions about the effectiveness of personal behavioural strategies are important to all parties involved, the Stichting Communicatie has developed the Mirrortest.
The above inaccuracies form the starting point for this new assessment method. Practice has borne out the accuracy of the predictions.
The Mirrortest assesses social effectiveness. This is the degree to which people are capable of achieving formal goals with and between other people. They do this with personal strategies that include the following instruments:
- Ambition (urge to surpass others);
- Extroversion (going for goals with courage and candour, being able to dominate in contacts);
- Influential capacity (achieving goals by being tactical and clever, diplomatic capacity);
- Independence (getting one’s way and standing up to the pressure of others);
- Decisiveness (based on self-confidence);
- Reservedness (shyness, introversion);
- Inspective attitude (preference for a planned and organized life, carrying out checks and acting circumspectly) and willingness to adapt (obligingness in social intercourse and helping and serving others). The combination of these instruments determines:- the nature of cooperation- a person’s suitability for a supervisory position- a person’s selling qualities and- a person’s growth potential.
- The Mirrortest comprises two parts: a “human character test” and a “self-knowledge test”.
- It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete the Mirrortest.
- The test can be completed in-house.
- You will receive a report on the completed test within 3 working days.
- The report consists of a graphic representation, a personality description and a conclusion.
- No subscription fees are attached to the test, nor are there any purchasing obligations.
- The Mirrortest does not require the purchase or rent of a computer program.
- The test is affordable.
- The Mirrortest can be used to assess people’s suitability for various positions, their strengths and weaknesses, and their growth potential. In addition, development advice can be provided.
- The test is also suited to assess the effectiveness of an entire company and/or its departments as part of the vitality assessment.
- The Stichting Communicatie can draw on various categories of norms, because the Mirrortest is being and has been used in a few hundred companies. These norm categories pertain to corresponding positions in the US, UK, Germany and the Benelux countries.
- The Mirrortest has a high predictive value.