How To Prepare For Harrison Assessment Tests

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Today, many employers are looking to drive performance further by identifying and hiring people who will not only succeed in their job role but will also be an ideal fit, and advance their career within the company’s structure. This is why many companies are using talent management systems, such as Harrison Assessments as part of their recruitment process.

If you have been invited to take a Harrison Assessment test but are not sure where to begin or how to proceed, you are on the right page. On this page, we will layout in easy-to-understand terms the information you need to know before embarking on your Harrison Assessment test-taking journey. So read on, and find out the best way to prepare for your Harrison Assessment Test.

What is Harrison Assessment?

Harrison Assessments are online profiling tools that employers use to gain insight into the work preferences and behavioral profile of prospective employees. Harrison Assessments reports analyzing a variety of personality traits, interests, and work and task environment preferences. Employers use this information for recruitment purposes and also for career and team development.

Harrison Assessment tools measure a candidate’s:

  • Job and Task Preferences
  • Work Environment Preferences
  • Personality Type
  • Interests
  • Personal Motivations
  • Behavioral Profile

If you have been asked to take a Harrison Assessment you’ll want to make sure you approach the test with as much know-how and confidence as possible.

A top way to develop confidence is to gain familiarity with the Harrison Assessment test formats and question types. At PrepTerminal our team of psychometric test experts have put together a comprehensive preparatory course so you can practice on Harrison Assessment specific material. Increase your test-taking confidence now, with PrepTerminal’s prep Harrison Assessment course.

How Harrison Assessment is Different from Other Behavioral Assessments?

The Harrison Assessment is unique in three key ways:

#1. Harrison offers assessment with job-specific behavioral and personality testing which aims to predict job success, retention, and engagement. Their SmartQuestionnaire assesses 175 talent factors in 25 minutes. When a job is chosen it compares the behavior of the individual to the job-specific behavioral factors connected to great performance for that job-role.

#2. Harrison Paradox Technology measures how employees deal with 12 paradoxical pairs of behaviors, each of which is central to job performance. For instance, self-confidence can be a great asset but if it is not balanced with consideration of others, a self-confident individual can become dogmatic. Paradox identifies job-related strengths and over 40 possible derailers without asking any negative questions.

#3. Harrison Assessment is a two-way test because it considers the degree to which the employer and employee will meet each other’s common needs. As such, it can be used to predict engagement and retention. Given that ideal employment requires meeting mutual needs, the Harrison approach is more efficient and likely to be more successful than a one-way style assessment, which only measures how well the candidate meets the needs of their potential employer. Harrison believes that no other assessment provider provides such a complete meeting of mutual needs.

The diagram below shows how Harrison assesses mutual needs:


As Harrison Assessments are unique they need to be approached in a certain way. To do this effectively you will need to become familiar with Harrison’s assessment style questions. By practicing on our Harrison Assessment style practice questions you will increase your chances of Harrison test success.

At PrepTerminal our comprehensive module-based Harrison Assessment preparatory course features video and text-based information that will help you tailor your preparation.

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Harrison Assessments Tools

Talent Acquisition Assessments

Employers use Harrison’s Talent Acquisition assessments to identify and hire the best talent for their business by using a one 25 minute SmartQuestionnaire. Employers use the talent acquisition assessments to filter and rank the top candidates for job-specific behavior and qualifications before the employer even reviews the candidate’s resume or invites the candidate to an interview.

More about each of Harrison’s Talent Acquisition Assessments:

Staged Psychometric Testing – A stepped process in which recruitment assessments are applied only after a candidate has passed the earlier stage.

Pre-screening for Qualifications – Automatically screens and ranks candidates with a custom-built questionnaire that targets the employer’s central qualifications.

Job Specific Behavior and Personality – Measures 175 talent factors in only 25 minutes.

Critical Thinking and Numerical Reasoning – Assesses critical thinking and numerical reasoning for specific job requirements in only 20 minutes using Harrison’s adaptive QCT questionnaire.

Behavioral Interview – Asks questions that reveal a cultural fit, job fit, and the potential to meet the candidate’s needs.

Sales – Includes 25 variations of Sales Recruitment Assessments based on the type of products, closing, the degree of prospecting, and ongoing customer relationships.

Customer service – Predicts whether or not candidates will create repeat customers with 14 customizable variations based on the type of service offered.

Technical – Predicts performance and engagement for 45 customizable variations based on the number of people interactions and type of technical work.

Administration – Predicts performance, retention, and engagement, with 27 customizable assessments for Financial, Human Resources, and general administrative positions.

Supervisory – Supervisory positions vary according to the job being supervised. Harrison provides more than 600 customizable assessments that predict supervisory performance, retention, and engagement.

Talent Development Assessments

Harrison Talent Development Assessments provide employers and employees with job-specific insights. Harrison’s 25 minutes SmartQuestionnaire provides information about an individual’s job-specific emotional intelligence, behavioral fit, behavioral competencies, and development plans to increase performance. Paradox Technology lets employers see whether a potential employee’s strong traits is a real strength or potential weaknesses.

More about each of Harrison’s Talent Development Assessments:

Job Specific Behavior and Personality – Employers can compare their employees to job-specific success items, spot behavioral gaps, and target employee development using Harrison’s range of researched-based assessments.

Paradoxical Strengths – Employers can identify key employee strengths that can be used for talent development. Paradox methodology shows whether strong traits are genuine strengths or potential derailers and shows how to turn derailers into strengths.

Individual Engagement – Increases engagement by measuring individual passions, motivations, and expectations. Discusses mutual employer and employee needs and target behavioral gaps related to meeting employee expectations.

Emotional Intelligence – Provides employers with the essential insight needed to attain emotional intelligence and inspire employee development with a personal blueprint to achieve each of the four EQ competencies.

Behavioral Competencies – Provides employers with detailed guidance on how they can develop expected competencies.

Technical – Harrison makes talent development easy by providing employers with 45 customizable assessment variations based on the type of technical work and people interactions.

Administration – Employers can evaluate their Financial, Human Resources, or Administrative employees to proven success factors.

Supervisory – Supervisory positions differ depending upon the job being supervised. Harrison provides more than 600 customizable variations that target specific behaviors for development and offer development plans.

Customer Service – Employers can compare their customer service employees to researched success behaviors and spot specific gaps using one of Harrison’s 14 customizable variations founded on the type of service provided.

Sales – Employers can develop their salespeople by focusing on the specific factors that are relevant to high performance in their specific job.

Leadership Development Assessments

Harrison’s Leadership Development Assessment uses its 25-minute SmartQuestionnaire to provide employers with insight into the behaviors that make leaders successful. Paradox Technology is used to see whether a leader’s strong behavioral characteristics are true strengths or potential derailers.

More about each of Harrison’s Leadership Development Assessments:

Emerging Leader Competencies – Employers can compare their emerging leaders to the key success factors related to Harrison’s 10 emerging leadership competencies. They can also help new leaders prosper with development plans that target gaps.

Senior Leader Competencies – Employers can compare their existing senior leaders and future senior leaders to the 10 competencies related to senior leader success and attain leadership potential with specific development plans.

Paradoxical Leadership Skills – Effective leaders need to balance a series of apparently opposed behaviors.

Management Assessments – Management success behaviors can differ based on the specific role and culture of a company. Harrison’s 600+ customizable variations target certain behaviors for development and offer development plans.

Organizational Development Assessments

Harrison’s Organizational Development Assessment lets employers assess central talent functions by department, manager, or by the entire organization. Individual SmartQuestionnaire data is collated across groups giving employers insight into creating effective teams, succession planning, developing an engaged culture, and holding on to top talent.

More about each of Harrison’s Organizational Development Assessments:

Succession and Job Rotation – Organizations can search internally for high potentials and receive decision analytics that deals with both qualifications and behaviors.

Team Analytics for Organizational Development – Organizations can uncover critical paradoxical behaviors needed to attain individual and team goals.

Engagement Survey – Organizations can track engagement improvements with Harrison’s Engagement Survey. Organizations can use this tool to identify employee expectations, and engagement supporting behaviors.

Collaboration Competencies – Used to discover essential insights related to the 5 collaboration behavioral competencies. Businesses can achieve organizational development via team collaboration and development plans.

Employee Retention – Provides deep insights into an organization’s talent competitiveness through Harrison’s Retention Analytics.

Cultural Analytics – Measures organizational behavior at various levels of the organization including managers, senior leaders, and over various departments. It also shows employers how to develop their culture and reach their stated mission.

Job Analytics – Organizations can create Key Performance Indicators and Job Success Formulas that will save them more than 70% of administration time in connection to recruitment and succession planning while attracting and maintaining top talent.

Career Planning – Organization can plan their career path with Harrison’s in-depth analysis of an organization’s strengths, interests, potential derailers, task preferences, and work environment preferences.

At PrepTerminal our psychometric test experts have carefully developed a module-based Harrison Assessment course to help you succeed in any of the Harrison Assessments. Start practicing with us today at your own pace from the comfort of your home.

What is the Enjoyment Performance Theory?

The Enjoyment Performance Theory holds that when we enjoy a task we undertake it more often. When we do something over and over again in a repetitive way, we also tend to get better at the task. As we get better we may also receive positive feedback from others and ourselves, which contributes to our growth and development, and that positive external feedback or internal self-praise increases our enthusiasm for the given behavior. The cycle repeats itself, reinforcing our enjoyment and preference for the behavior, and to some degree causing us to form behavior habits, which we may not notice are behavior decisions.

The cycle also acts out in relation to tasks we don’t like doing, and we avoid or procrastinate on those behaviors that we don’t like. As a result, we typically don’t improve and the feedback from ourselves and others may be negative or less complementary, which can decrease our preference for those certain behaviors. As time goes on those behaviors become a very low preference and in the end, we tend to move away from them, as behavior choices.

Therefore, according to the Enjoyment Performace Theory, performance and enjoyment are related; performance is directly connected to the level of interest and enjoyment of a given activity. The Harrison Assessments are based on the enjoyment theory and as such Harrison aims to ensure that people are aligned to job roles for which they are both suitable and eligible.

What is the Paradox Theory?

The Paradox Theory is the second foundational theory that forms the basis of the Harrison Assessment. A paradox has two statements that on the surface seem to be contradictory or opposed to one another, but they are still both true. Paradoxical traits have two traits that also seem to be opposites but they are actually dependent on each other. If you have one trait and not the other you may encounter difficulties.

Dr. Harrison has identified 12 pairs of behavior traits believed to be paradoxical in their character. If one of the traits of the paradox pair is dominant, then even the strong trait may end up being a weakness. Within each paradox, the balance is crucial. The degree of balance (or lack of balance) can provide employers with insight into a candidate’s behavior.

Prepare with Prepterminal’s Harrison Assessment Course

Harrison measures both eligibility and suitability for job-roles, talent, and retention management. At PrepTerminal our Harrison Assessment preparatory course has been designed to help you demonstrate just how eligible and suitable you are for the job you are applying for.

As the Harrison Assessment is the only assessment tool founded on the Enjoyment Performance Theory and Paradox Theory, and the only test of its type that covers the personality, interests, work environment, and task preferences of the candidate, it is important that you study using material that mirrors the real Harrison tests.

PrepTerminal’s practice Harrison Test course questions are just like the real Harrison Assessment test questions, so you can learn the specific style and nature of these question types. What’s more, at PrepTerminal we provide you with comprehensive study guides, video guides, so you will have all the material you need to effectively practice for this important part of the recruitment, or promotion, process on demand when you need it.

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