Accuracy And Validity Scores Measure Attentiveness and Consistency (and can point out intentional distortion)
The Reliability Index
The Reliability Index measures the degree to which a person understood the questions, maintained focus while answering them, and gave answers with a thoughtful response.
- Low Reliability indicates invalid results due to the individual’s responses while completing the questionnaire. Do not use these results. Often, a low reliability score indicates the candidate rushed through the assessment without enough attention to the questions.
- Moderate Reliability suggests these results should be cross-validated with personal interviews and reference checks.
- High Reliability indicates the individual understood the questions and responded to them in a way that has been shown to be predictive of success in sales.
The Response Distortion Index
The Response Distortion Index rating measures the individual’s tendency to intentionally or unintentionally answer the questions in a way that exaggerates strengths and downplays weaknesses in order to leave a more favorable impression.
- Low Response Distortion indicates a minimal tendency to exaggerate strengths and downplay weaknesses. This person often has an open and vulnerable personality that usually recognizes personal faults and easily accepts blame. This indicates that the overall results in the profile report are accurate and predictive.
- Moderate Response Distortion indicates an average tendency to exaggerate strengths and downplay weaknesses and suggests these results be cross-validated with personal interviews and reference checks.
- High Response Distortion indicates a tendency to deny weaknesses and emphasize only strength leading to an inaccurate profile and an invalid score. Do not use these results. Sometimes they indicate an effort to “game” the assessment.