McQuaig assessments measure personality on 4 trait scales. Each trait scale is represented by a different colour.
The following are the definitions of each trait scale:
Measures the degree to which individuals want to assert themselves or influence others versus their need to be team-oriented and seek consensus. Key word: Power. Traits: Dominant - Accepting
Measures individual styles of communication, how they interact with others and their preferences for making decision based on analysis or emotion. Key word: People. Traits: Sociable - Analytical
Measures the degree to which an individual will exhibit patience and planning versus a sense of urgency and desire for change. Key word: Pace. Traits: Relaxed - Driving
Measures the degree to which an individual will be diligent about adhering to guidelines and policy versus a desire to be more flexible and autonomous. Key word: Structure. Traits: Compliant – Independent.
This cheat sheet outlines the words that we use to describe each of the 4 trait scales.
The midpoint line, at the number 42 on each graph, represents two things:
- The breaking point between the two opposite traits of each trait scale. For each trait scale, one trait is at the top of the graph, the opposite is at the bottom. If a coloured bar is above the midpoint line, the personality profile includes the trait at the top of the graph. If a coloured bar is below the midpoint line, the personality profile includes the trait at the bottom of the graph.
- The further away a coloured bar is from the midpoint line in either direction, the stronger the trait is expressed. For example, a score of 80 is stronger than 50 for traits above the midpoint line while a score of 10 is stronger than 30 for traits below the midpoint line.
Job Survey Graphs have additional white bars or white lines on each trait to represent the ideal range for a candidate to fall within on that trait.