Occupational Personality Profile

Psytech International Ltd

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Test Name:Occupational Personality Profile
Author of Original Test: R. Budd
Local test distributor / publisher:Psytech International Ltd
Date of Current Review:2003
Date of Publication of Current Review / Edition:18 Jan 2008
Type of Test:Personality - Trait
Main Area of Use:Work and Occupational
Constructs Measured:· Accommodating-Assertive
· Detail-conscious-Flexible
· Cynical-Trusting
· Emotional-Phlegmatic
· Reserved-Gregarious
· Genuine-Persuasive
· Composed-Contesting
· Optimistic-Pessimistic
· Abstract-Pragmatic
Administration Mode:Interactive individual administration
Computerised locally-installed application - supervised/proctored
Response Mode:Paper and pencil
General Description of Test:The OPP is a personality measure for use in occupational settings. It measures nine personality dimensions and has a distortion scale to help detect socially desirable responding. The nine scales are bipolar, so that a high or low score on each dimension measures opposite personality characteristics. The scales were chosen to be included by the author(s) following a review of theoretical and empirical research in the area of personality. They were included for two reasons: their relevance to personnel assessment and selection decisions, and the theoretical and empirical research background. The nine scales are: 1. Accommodating-Assertive 2. Detail-conscious-Flexible 3. Cynical-Trusting 4. Emotional-Phlegmatic 5. Reserved-Gregarious 6. Genuine-Persuasive 7. Composed-Contesting 8. Optimistic-Pessimistic 9. Abstract-pragmatic Each of the 98 items is a statement requiring a response on a five-point scale – Strongly agree, Agree, In between, Disagree, Strongly disagree. There are between 7 and 12 items per scale. Responses are made on a separate single page, machine-scorable answer sheet. The OPP can be administered by paper and pencil (separate question booklet and answer sheet) or on-screen, but can only be scored and interpreted using GeneSysTM computer software from the publisher. This system produces a narrative report. Interpretation of the scale scores is made in the narrative report under the heading of ‘Validity scales’, ‘Interpersonal style’, ‘Thinking style’ (e.g. areas to probe in interviews), ‘Patterns of coping with stress’, ‘Additional comments’ and Technical appendix (which includes bar charts representing stanine scores on each scale). There are also sections on Team Role Orientation, Management Style, Subordinate Style and Selling style.

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