A transition profile occurs when a result is both dominant and compliant to a similar degree or when a result is accepting and independent to a similar degree. Essentially, when the red and yellow bars are on the same side of the midpoint line to a similar degree. The following are both examples of a transition profile:
It is contradictory for someone to be both dominant (likes to take charge) and compliant (prefers to do than to delegate). Similarly, it is contradictory for someone to be both accepting (taking a supportive role) and independent (strong minded and self-directed). Therefore, the way that they have described themselves via the assessment is contradictory.
The transition profile means that the respondent is going through a major life transition, personal or professional, and is unsure of how they are perceived or how they perceive themselves. This is not positive or negative, it just means that their Word Survey results will not accurately reflect their personality. You can re-assess once things have normalized for them, however, this may take a long period of time.
In a hiring phase, you can still use the Interview Questions from the Word Survey Report or Job Fit Interview Guide to try and determine whether the candidate has the traits that are required to be successful in the role, however, much of the report may not accurately reflect their personality.
The Interview Questions section of the Word Survey Report will include a section titled Transition that provides questions to help uncover why the assessment resulted in a transition profile.
If a Job Survey results in a transition profile, it means that respondent was unable to prioritize the traits essential to the role in an effective manner and produced a job profile that is not possible. This job profile should be adjusted in order to use for hiring.
When a profile results as a possible transition, it means that the profile is close to the transition threshold but has not crossed it. The same recommendations for the Transition profile should be followed.