The Big Five or Five Factor model of personality is considered to be the most widely accepted theory of personality in use today. Decades of research focusing on personality measurement has uncovered five (5) broad dimensions of personality. These five dimensions are: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness and Neuroticism (Negativity); hence the "OCEAN" acronym. Someone's personality is made up of a combination of each of these dimensions. For example, someone could have a high degree of work ethic (high Conscientiousness), may be shy (low Extraversion), is very kind (high Agreeableness), has a positive demeanor (low Negativity), and is very creative (high Openness). Research suggests that personality tends to be stable over time and is associated with a wide range of life outcomes, including academic achievement, personal stability, physical health and job success.
The OCEAN Profile was developed to quickly help organizations identify an individual's five (5) key personality dimensions. The Profile scores can then be compared to specific job attributes requiring the dimensions assessed to ensure you are obtaining the best person/job fit. The five areas assessed by the OCEAN Profile are:
The degree to which the individual is curious, willing to try new things, is a creative thinker. Low scores indicate conventional behavior, a conservative outlook and a preference for the familiar.
The degree to which the individual is strong willed, acts with purpose and determination. Is precise, punctual and reliable. Very high scores may be associated with being a workaholic, and overly neat. Low scores are associated with being less organized, less exacting in their work and more relaxed in working towards their goals.
The degree to which the individual is sociable, likes people, and enjoys large gatherings. Tends to be assertive, talkative, active and cheerful. Low scores indicate someone who is reserved, independent, even-paced.
The degree to which the individual is eager to help others, is sympathetic, and believes that others will do the same. Low scores indicate a willingness to fight for one's own interests, skepticism and a critical nature.
The degree to which the individual is emotionally stable, calm, can manage stress and has a positive outlook. Low scores indicate less ability to control impulses, worrying behaviors and a pessimistic outlook.
The OCEAN Profile Measures:
This test is ideal for understanding the five major drivers of behaviors within applicants and employees. The five personality dimensions assessed have been proven to be universal constructs that define human behavior.