Late last year, Sasha Stace took the opportunity of having me explain myself in terms of subjecting her to nasty circumstances in her life. Her cross examination of me can be found here – http://bit.ly/1zug0cj

What she didn’t reveal to you was that she does have some issues in her life and when these are known, help explain why she can give people a hard time.  Not many of you will be familiar with psychological reports so I thought I’d take the opportunity to share a small part of the other part of the world I work in.   Here is the report written about Sasha as if it was sent to her employer, including the various legal disclaimers you might want to skip through.

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Candidate Assessment Report:  Sasha Stace QC

 The report examines Sasha’s working style preferences across a range of dimensions as assessed using the Cattell 16PF questionnaire.  These are as follows:

 Relationships with people (Interaction style).

  1. Extent of warmth, outgoing and attentive to others
  2. Extent of liveliness, animation and spontaneity
  3. Extent of socially venturesome and resilient
  4. Extent to which private and discreet

Capacity to respond to pressure

  1. Extent of emotional stability
  2. Extent to which trusting of others
  3. Extent to which self-assured
  4. Extent to which relaxed and patient

Capacity of initiative

  1. Extent to which preference for assertiveness
  2. Extent to which conscious of rules/policies
  3. Extent to which objective/ unsentimental
  4. Extent to which practical & solution oriented
  5. Extent to which open to change
  6. Extent to which organised.

 

CANDIDATE ASSESSMENT

The information contained in our report is based on details supplied to us by candidates and is correct to the best of our knowledge.  However, no warranty is given as to the correctness of this information or any statements made therein and PeopleFit Ltd expressly disclaims all liability for any loss or damage which may arise from any person acting on these details or statements.   Psychological tests are a useful guide, but do not have sufficient reliability to warrant use on their own as absolute predictors of future performance.  If this person is to be re-evaluated for a different purpose, it would be prudent to arrange reconsideration.  In respect of the working style information, we have only the candidate’s view of themselves in coming to any conclusions about how these views may predict future behaviours at work. It is useful to consider this information alongside that gleaned from a competency based interview and referee checks.

Sasha Stace

Relationships with people (Interaction style).

Sasha sits mid range in preference between being reserved and warm and outgoing so is likely to show average levels of attentiveness to others and more warmth towards those in whom she is confident she has the support from others. She cited Mac, her stepfather in all but name, and Clay Tempero as examples of people to whom she would be more supportive and empathic. She appears slightly more socially venturesome than shy and would be expected to have adequate levels of resilience when it comes to coping with the day to day knockbacks that may occur in interpersonal interactions.

In relating to others she is in the mid range between being lively and animated but acknowledges she will also come across as serious and more restrained when the situation requires it.  She reports she “pushes herself” to engage in spontaneity except with those she is used to. She describes recent efforts to play in a band extend the boundaries of her comfort zone.  Hitherto, music for her has been a solitary experience.

She sees herself as very forthright and this will include some occasional self deprecating comments of what she sees as her inadequacies.  She favours putting all her cards on the table as opposed to holding them close to her chest. While this helps others get to know her, she has encountered recent experiences of being ‘let down’ by others who have used information she has provided to further their own ends.  Consistent with her high rating of trust in others, she gives loyalty in relationships and expects trust and loyalty to be reciprocated.

Sasha prefers to be self reliant and somewhat individualistic, preferring not to ask for help, even when it would be forthcoming.  She enjoys time on her own and prefers to make decisions that way as well.

Summary

Overall Sasha rates as a person in the mid range between introverted/less outgoing and extraverted/socially participative but is able to ‘role play’ higher levels of extraversion (e.g. in court) when she sees this as necessary.

 

Response to pressure

Sasha is more often than not able to manage events and her emotions in a balanced, adaptive way but from time to time feels she has little control over life.  Consequently she is likely to feel (and does report) more ups and downs than most people. She acknowledges a long-standing tendency to perceive things going wrong more frequently than is justified. She rates as someone who tends to worry about things and feels insecure about meeting others expectations of her.  While having moderate levels of concern can be useful in anticipating the dangers of a situation, it can also lead to less effectiveness in terms of ‘social presence’ or avoidance of those situations when she would otherwise benefit from the company of others.   There is a danger that her level of apprehension and self-doubt may lead to unrealistic work goals; in Sasha’s case, to over-compensate and do more, rather than less.  When asked about feelings of worry and insecurity, she said that she has had times of feeling like an imposter, i.e. someone who does not truly perform at the level others say she does. She says she started to develop these feelings before she was a teenager, probably as a result of living with a hard working solo mother following the death of her father when she was two years old.

She rated above average with respect to tension and a tendency to be impatient, indicating she is likely to be the sort of person who likes to get on with things and be highly motivated.   She sees herself as a competitive person with a need to win but commented that she often competes against herself.

Summary

Overall, Sasha rated above average with respect to anxiety indicating she would generally feel under pressure to do more, or strive to be better than she believes she is in many situations. In this regard, she may benefit from counselling or therapy.

 

Capacity for initiative

Sasha rates at the 90th to 99th percentile for abstract reasoning which suggests she has significantly higher ability to solve problems and learn more quickly than most of the population. She tends to favour an assertive approach which underpins her sense of competiveness. This means she will attempt to have a positive impact on her work environment and those with whom she engages, but may sometimes look to dominate others. While not conflict avoidant she commented her sense of loyalty and empathy for the plight of others probably prevents her confronting issues in her relationships. She is likely to be moderately rule-conscious, meaning that she will be mindful of how others see her. However, she rates as having the capacity to think beyond a prescribed solution or way of working and not be rule-bound.

Sasha rates as very conscientious and commented that she tends to be more persevering than most people and she wonders where her stubbornness comes from.  In her decision making, she favours a mix of sensitivity toward people’s feelings and emotions and objectivity (using facts and data) with a slight bias toward the latter.

Sasha describes herself as not very creative (except for cooking) and prefers to take a practical solution-oriented approach to getting things done as opposed to an imaginative approach.  She rated in the mid range with regard to liking what is familiar and traditional but will try new things.  This means that although she will engage in a moderate amount of experimentation she is unlikely to drive significant change and if this occurs at the behest of others, her anxiety levels including self doubt will become higher.  Sasha rates as highly structured and perfectionistic and this indicates she is likely to be most comfortable in highly organised and predictable situations with routines.  Preparing for trial and court processes would be examples. She is unlikely to leave important things to chance or to ‘wing it’. While this trait has advantages, Sasha may appear significantly less flexible than others who have a higher tolerance for disorder.

Summary

Overall, Sasha’s levels of capacity for initiative appear to be in the average range.  While independent and persuasive, she is sometimes inhibited due to her levels of perfectionism and a preference for the more traditional approach.  Given her perfectionism and self-doubting, she will tend to ‘second guess’ herself, (am I good enough? Is it good enough?) then become concerned about what she hasn’t done, leading to a risk of working longer or harder. This internal state, if not corrected, may be injurious to her long-term well-being and I recommend a course of counselling.

 

Mark McGinn
Director
PeopleFit Ltd.