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Definition: The willingness and interest to arrange or place things in a structured way. On this assessment this trait is included in the Analyzer/Logical Quadrant.

Greater Description: It describes how willing a person is to put things back where he or she got them, to plan the details of future events and to arrange things in an orderly way.

What the Trait is NOT: This trait does not measure a person’s ability to organize, it only measures willingness and interest in organizing things. Usually, a person who has the willingness and interest in being organized, means they do it well and will continue to enjoy organization for some time.

Closely Related Traits: Confront PaperworkAttention to Detail, and Mechanical are very similar but slightly different to organization. These three traits are usually associated with an “Analyzer/Logical” behavior.

Recommended Pre-Hire Assessments: SL Behavioral Aptitude and IC Behavioral Aptitude

TRAIT RANGES:

Extreme Low: 0 to 4. These people prefer not to deal with structure, systems or set procedures. Low scores do not negatively affect sales or management people or any other position, except administrative or organizational jobs. A score like this has also never proven to be a serious indicator of attitude problems by itself. It would be a problem if the employee was required to carry out structured or other administrative functions for long periods. WARNING: If “Attention to Detail” and “Confront Paperwork” are also low, this person is telling you in no uncertain terms they will be poor administrators.

Low Range: 5 to 39. These people prefer not to deal with structure, systems or set procedures. Low scores do not negatively affect sales, or management people or any other position, except highly-administrative, technical or engineering ones or ones requiring lots of organizing. WARNING: If “Attention to Detail” and “Confront Paperwork” are also low, this person is telling you they will be poor administrators.

Medium Range: Around 40 to 60. This person has a good balance to organize and plan or do other activities such as building relationships. This trait in this range would not adversely affect any position.

High Range: 61 to 95. A high score indicates a person who likes to build a more structured and planned life or to categorize things. They will like designing predictable or structured processes.

Extreme High: 96 to 100. This person may be very orderly and have set routines that miss the bigger picture. Remember a great strength is a great weakness. A score like this has never proven to be a serious indicator of attitude problems by itself but the person will tend to be too compulsive about getting things planned and structured.

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:

In general, other than study, what sort of things do you do to improve your efficiency at work?  In general, other than study, what else do you do to improve your efficiency at work?  In general, other than study, what else do you do to improve your efficiency at work?  (You are listening for ways they are organizing themselves. After they have given some ways they organize themselves, without directly asking for them, ask the following questions.)

Tell us exactly how you (example of organization they gave you).  Why do you think that is so important to do?

Tell us exactly how you (another example of organization they gave you).  Why do you think that is so important to do?

Ask more questions about what they say, especially their philosophy behind their approach.

How would your supervisor describe your work area?

How do manage the influx of e-mails phone calls, text messages and competing priorities?  Be specific and get examples.

Tip: If candidates say they can’t think of an answer to a question, just tell the person you have plenty of time for them to think of one. As a last resort, come back to the question later especially if the person should suddenly think of an answer. It’s important to get those type of questions answered.