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Resources: The Behavioral Quadrants

The pre-employment testing behavioral quadrants are four very basic drives in people that make up a neat useful package. We say basic because each one of these drives is made up of several other traits. For example, one of the quadrants we call the “Expressive/Social” is made up of Talking, Warm and Social, Calling Comfort and Impulsive. The other three quadrants are Supporter/Empathy, Analyzer/Logical, and Controller/Assertive.

These pre-employment testing quadrants are very useful as they predict what type of work a person will be the most suited for, most enjoy doing and what type of behavior they are likely to have. The seventeen individual aptitude traits are good for getting down to specific predictions of how a person is likely to behave, but with so many traits a basic overall prediction can get lost in the details. The quadrants give you a general idea of how a person will behave and think and from this you will find it easier to get into more detail if you need to.

  • It is not uncommon for someone to have two strong quadrants but most of the time a person will have just one main quadrant.
    We are about to refer to diagonally opposite quadrants, which means quadrants that are in opposite corners. For example, the Analyzer/Logical quadrant is diagonally opposite to the Expressive/Social quadrant.
  • The old rule that one’s greatest strength is their greatest weakness applies directly to the quadrants. The quadrant diagonally opposite to the person’s dominant (or strongest) quadrant will almost always be the weakest quadrant. In fact, this should be considered when the quadrants are not clear.
  • Sometimes the dominant quadrant does not have the highest number. But the dominant quadrant will always have the greatest diagonal difference.
  • When the two highest are diagonally opposite, this is most likely an attempt on the candidate’s part to cover up weak traits. It is rare for diagonally opposite, quadrants to both be highest of the four. If the second and third strongest quadrants are almost equal to each other, this is quite common and not an indication of anything inconsistent.

Each quadrant is made up of several traits. These traits can be found on the result charts that go with the quadrants. The Wimbush Assessment results give two related charts: One for “Top Quadrants” and one for “Bottom Quadrants”. They are color coded and match the color of the quadrant diagram for easier recognition.

It is important to understand the quadrants are relative to each other and their research is based on real people with real behaviors. Therefore, you could have the Analyzer/Logical quadrant (grey color coding) showing a 0, but when you look up the grey related traits in the “Top Quadrants” chart you may see some Analyzer/Logical traits as high as 30.

The pre-employment testing behavioral quadrants are usually accurate even when an applicant exaggerates. This is because they exaggerate on all quadrants but those they are strongest in will show through. This is also why the quadrants should only be determined based on how they relate to each other. For example, if the Analyzer/Logical quadrant is a 20 and the diagonal Expressive/Social is a 5 that is a 15 difference. If the Controller/Assertive is a 30 and its diagonal opposite, the Supporter/Empathy, is also a 30 the diagonal difference is a 0. So, even though there are bigger numbers than the Analyzer/Logical is still has the biggest diagonal and is therefore the dominant quadrant.

These pre-employment testing quadrants are well known among those in the personality testing field even though they may be labeled or named differently. And there are many testing groups in the world who just measure the quadrants. Some will use just 20 questions to do it. Unfortunately, someone can go to a workshop and do this mini test and be told inaccurately his or her dominant quadrant. The person is left in confusion or not impressed. This assessment uses about 155 questions.

Most people will be predominately strong in just one quadrant and very weak in the diagonal opposite one and average on the other two. However, some people will be strong in two quadrants and weak in the other two diagonal ones. Remember when we say strong in a quadrant, we mean the person is comfortable and interested in doing those behaviors and not necessarily competent in those behaviors.

We have noticed for years now how people seem to be romantically attracted to those of the opposite quadrant. Most people marry someone of the opposite quadrant or close to it. Unfortunately, that is not enough to guarantee a good marriage but it is at least a start. Business partners or even subordinates make good team partners when the quadrants are opposite. One person is strong in one area and the other strong in the opposite area making the team stronger. One problem people can have with this is becoming critical of the other for not being as strong as they are in their quadrant.

One of the main advantages of the quadrants is selecting the best job functions for people. Below is a list of the Quadrants. Just click on the link and it will take you to the Quadrant Page with a list of the type of work this person is likely to enjoy DOING for a long time and likely to do it well.