Using the DISC Profile When Selecting a Virtual Assistant
Interested in using the DISC profile when selecting a virtual assistant? DISC profiling is nothing new. It has been used since the 1940’s. It was created to help understand what people are naturally drawn to excel in based on their personal preferences. These preferences are a preferred way of interacting with others and analyzing data.
The DISC profiling assessment can be used in:
Assisting in recruiting & placement
Developing effective managers, supervisors, leaders & staff members
Building productive teams
Improving the customer experience
Help with change and conflict management
What does DISC mean? DISC is an acronym that stands for Dominance, Influence, Steadiness & Conscientious. Each category has its own set it traits, but remember, we all have some of each category in us.
Dominance: People who score high “D” styled factor are very active in dealing with problems and challenges. High “D” people are generally described as demanding, forceful, egocentric, strong willed, driving, determined, ambitious, aggressive, and pioneering. They are task driven and are “get it done” people.
Influence: People with high “I” scores influence others through talking and activity and tend to be emotional. They are described as convincing, magnetic, political, enthusiastic, persuasive, warm, demonstrative, trusting, and optimistic. They are best suited for sales and appointment setting roles.
Steadiness: People with high “S” styles scores want a steady pace, security, and do not like sudden change. High “S” individuals are calm, relaxed, patient, possessive, predictable, deliberate, stable, consistent, and tend to be unemotional and poker faced. They are fine with repetitive tasks and prefer not to be rushed for decisions.
Conscientious: People with high “C” styles adhere to rules, regulations, and structure. They like to do quality work and do it right the first time. High “C” people are careful, cautious, exacting, neat, systematic, diplomatic, accurate, and tactful. They are best suited for work that requires a high aptitude for accuracy.
There is a very quick free on-line DISC assessment we use to help determine the native attributes of our candidates. Takes about 10 minutes and provides a fairly accurate result.
It is important to evaluate the ideal personality for the role and then find the right the staff member who has those traits. For example, putting a high I personality in an accounting role is a recipe for disaster. They are much better suited for a Customer Service (CSR) or Inside Sales (ISA) role.
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