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Use the Ability to Apply trait to identify which candidates will be the hardest workers

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Ability to Apply

Definition

The willingness and energy one has to do things and work rather than think about ideas.

How physically busy or how much time a person spends at work. This is the measurement of Lazy or Hard working.

What the Trait is NOT

The skill in applying techniques or motivation.

Closely Related Traits

Motivation

Closely Related Tests

Predictor Profile

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Low Range

Extreme Low Range

0 to 12. Likely to be a procrastinator on anything but thinking. Low scores like this are automatically included in lowering the Motivation trait. Low scores in this zone should be closely interviewed before hiring.

Poor Range

Low Range

12 to 39. This person may have difficulty getting things done, applying what he or she has been taught. This person may do well on purely thinking type jobs such as a chip designer. Clients have mentioned that their employees who scored in this area sometimes turned out to be lazy.

Borderline Range

Medium Range

40 to 65. Shows good balance between thinking and producing. In fact, the range between 40 and 55 is the ideal range for the ability to apply.

Ok Range

High Range

66 to 95. This person is likely to be good at doing or being busy. He or she may have a tendency to throw time and effort at problems rather than effectively dealing with them. He or she may do well in jobs that require a lot of effort without a lot of thought.

Ok Range

Extreme High Range

96 to 100. This person is likely to be good at doing and being busy. He or she may have a tendency to throw time and effort at problems rather than effectively deal with them. He or she may do well in jobs that require a lot of effort without a lot of thought. This person is likely to be a “workaholic.” High scores like this makeup only a small part of the overall competency prediction.

Interview Questions

When you find out you need more information from a customer to complete a task, how would you go about getting it if you had their fax number, e-mail address, phone number and address?

What type of task are you thinking about?

How long would you wait if they didn’t respond right away?

(If they say it depends.) What would it depend on?

(If other than the telephone) What would you do if they didn’t respond in that time?

Why is that?

What would you do it they still didn’t respond?

Would you leave a message or keep calling?

How often would you keep calling?

Is it easier to do something yourself than ask reluctant co-workers to do their job?

Why is that?

What experience have you had with that?

Do you enjoy controlling people?

Why is that?

What experience have you had with that?

For Manager Empathy

Explained in layman's terms, ability to apply trait is a measurement of how lazy or hard-working someone is.

Supervisor Strengths