Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

What is Talent Assessment?

Talent assessment is a systematic and comprehensive process of evaluating an candidate’s knowledge, skills, abilities and leadership style. The critical objective is to identify the candidate’s current capabilities and potential to perform successfully within the role.

Assessment results are used for:

  • Selection;
  • Development;
  • Promotion;
  • Succession planning.


What makes the XBInsight Talent Assessment System different from others on the market?

We’re a talent assessment system like no other. XBInsight has the only talent assessment system that combines in one report four independent areas important for understanding successful job performance and job fit: Competencies, Behavioral Style, Values and Critical Thinking/Thinking Style.


How does Talent Assessment Work?

The XBInsight Assessment process consists of professionally developed and validated measures of personality, leadership style, and critical thinking. This process also often includes an in-depth interview, case study, and/or role-play.

After all measures have been completed, a trained professional integrates observations from the assessment with data collected to identify the strengths and developmental needs of the participant. The results are provided both verbally and in a written report. The written report includes suggestions to enhance the strengths and/or to overcome limitations of the individual.

How is the XBInsight Assessment process customized to a particular job or organization?

The measures used to assess the relevant skills and characteristics are chosen based on a clear understanding of the critical job requirements. This requires completion of a job profile, review of current job descriptions, and discussions between the hiring manager and the assessor. From this, the assessment battery is tailored to the relevant position and the organizational environment.


Why is Talent Assessment important to business outcomes?

Talent Assessment is not just about prediction. It is also about shaping the future through well-informed selection decisions, executive development, and organizational interventions. It is the most thorough approach available.

What Key business Issues does Talent Assessment help address?

Assessments allow companies to:

  • Reduce hiring mistakes;
  • Identify, develop and utilize leadership talent;
  • Retain top leadership talent;
  • Address succession management concerns;
  • Hire for the company’s core competencies;
  • Ensure the candidate’s goals, work approach and people skills fit with the company’s culture and business strategy.

How can I purchase XBInsight Assessments?

Assessments can be purchased and administered by the executive coaches at XBInsight – Certification is also offered for those who would like to administer the assessment themselves. Certified professionals receive price discounts for administering the assessments in-house.

How do I administer XBInsight Assessments?

All of the testing is administered online via our Assessment Platform.

How do I know the results are accurate?

The results are accurate because all of our items have been tested individually, and against other tests. Because we are measure 4 areas (critical thinking, competencies, social styles and values), we can measure the relationships amongst and between these areas.

Who Conducts XBInsight Assessments?

Our assessors are members of the American Psychological Association (APA), Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and have professional liability insurance. They follow proper risk management and test handling policies, as required by the EEOC Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures.

What does it mean to meet EEOC guidelines?

The EEOC guidelines provide the standards for the level of ethics in how tests should be used. We have met these guidelines, which shows that our tests meet the standards. In other words, our system provides testing on an equal playing field against elements of diversity.