Frequently asked questions

What is a psychometric test?

A psychometric or personality test is a scientifically designed assessment tool used to gauge an individual's behavioural tendencies and personality traits. Instead of focusing on knowledge or skills, these tests aim to create a reliable map of a person's attitudes, intrinsic motivators, and potential reactions to certain scenarios. It helps predict how individuals adapt, perform, and interact within specific contexts. At Koios, we emphasise using psychometrics to unlock an individual's potential by providing personalised and actionable insights.

Why are psychometric insights beneficial?

Psychometric insights carry several benefits for both individuals and organisations. For individuals, these insights can uncover strengths, areas for growth, preferred styles of working and likely behaviours, enabling them to make more informed career decisions and develop personal growth strategies. Psychometric insights can guide staff development initiatives, team building, and conflict resolution for organisations by providing a deeper understanding of individual and team dynamics. Moreover, psychometric insights contribute to structural decision-making, aiding in crafting suitable roles or teams. Overall, they allow for more objective, tailored, and effective approaches in various aspects of human resource and individual development.

How accurate are psychometric tests?

Psychometric tests are developed through rigorous research and statistical analysis, making them generally highly reliable and accurate as long as they are used properly. These tests are subjected to two key standards: reliability, which measures the consistency of results over time, and validity, which assesses whether the test measures what it aims to measure. Hence, when administered correctly and interpreted by trained professionals, psychometric tests can yield accurate insights about a person’s abilities, personality traits, and likely behaviours. However, it’s important to remember that they are part of a broader assessment strategy and should be used in conjunction with other information to make well-rounded decisions.

Why Koios over traditional Psychometric tests?

Choosing Koios over traditional psychometric tests offers a plethora of unique benefits. Firstly, we employ cutting-edge Acoustic AI and behavioural psychology to analyse unstructured voice data. This allows us to gain novel insights into an individual's personality and potential, beyond what's achievable using written or online assessments. Operating beyond just the content of your speech, we consider how you express yourself — bringing a whole new level of understanding. Secondly, as voiced data is continuously collectable and analysable, Koios provides real-time insights which can be fully personalised, granular and dynamic. Finally, our services are scalable and cost-efficient, equally beneficial for businesses of all sizes. Combining these factors, Koios presents an innovative, efficacious alternative to traditional psychometric tests in unlocking the potential within and driving high performance in your teams.

How does Koios Work?

At Koios, we utilise advanced deep learning methodologies to analyse unstructured voice data, going beyond traditional psychometric tests. We're not just examining what you say, but also how you say it. Our technology analyses numerous voice features and indicators, creating a unique profile that can offer insights into personality and behavioural tendencies. A more detailed explanation of the science behind our revolutionary tool can be found on our science page.

What if English isn’t my first language?

At Koios, we understand the rich tapestry that diverse languages and accents bring to our world. Our data collection process is extremely inclusive, and we ensure representation from individuals across various backgrounds, including both native and non-native English speakers. We have developed our algorithms to ensure equal performance, regardless of one's linguistic background. Our goal is to champion diversity and inclusion within our datasets and services, valuing the unique individuality of all users, and we will be developing additional languages into our models in due course. For more on our commitment to diversity and inclusion, visit our resources page.