- December 1, 2020
- Posted by: Dave Kurlan
- Category: Understanding the Sales Force
When are you most likely to find the item you lost or misplaced? Immediately after you purchase its replacement, of course!
I just found an article that I wrote in 2012 but forgot to click the publish button! Almost nine years in the making, this article compares OMG with Caliper and I did update it so that the information on both assessments is current.
I compared two assessments for the same candidate: one from Objective Management Group (OMG) and one from Caliper. Not being one to pass up opportunities like this, I conducted another comparison where OMG recommended this person for the role and Caliper did not.
OMG’s assessment is sales specific – built for sales. Caliper is a personality assessment adapted for sales. Caliper asks the same questions as in their traditional personality assessment, but modifies the findings based on the personality traits they believe are associated with sales. Some of Herbert Greenberg’s (Caliper founder) earliest research on salespeople appears in my classic white paper, The Science of Salesperson Selection.
It is not unusual for OMG’s findings to contradict the findings of even the most reputable of all personality assessments because OMG measures different things than everyone else. Most of the sales-specific competencies and attributes that OMG measures are not measured by personality assessments, including Caliper. OMG measures 21 Sales specific Core Competencies that no personality assessment – even Caliper, can touch.
Additionally, personality tests are not able to provide insight into other important areas like:
- Longevity – likelihood that the candidate will stick to produce 5x ROI,
- Skill Gaps – the sales-specific skills that have not yet been developed,
- How the Candidate Thinks about Selling – their specific beliefs that support or sabotage the sales process,
- Ramp up – whether they will achieve success more quickly than other candidates,
- Selling Skills – the specific skills they have learned and actually execute to fill their pipeline, close business, manage accounts, and sell to major accounts.
- Will to Sell – the combination of sales-specific competencies that determine whether the salesperson has the grit to succeed. This is the difference between can sell versus will sell.
- Sales DNA – the combination of strengths that support sales process, sales strategy, sales methodology and sales tactics.
As you can see, these attributes define and complete each competency. You may have also noticed that we show the percentage of attributes as well as the weighted score as some attributes are more important to the competency than others. That made a huge difference for this candidate when it came to the Reaching Decision Makers competency where despite having 57% of the attributes, he was missing the most important attribute. When you compare sales-specific competencies that drive sales performance and success, to personality traits that are not specific to sales and which fail to differentiate strong from weak salespeople, it’s clear that OMG is both miles and decades ahead of any and all other assessments.
So which assessment – OMG or Caliper – is more predictive? That answer is so obvious that it doesn’t even require me to answer it!
Sales Candidate Assessments are extremely important because they prevent hiring mistakes and remove bias from your hiring process. However, if you don’t choose the right assessment, configure it correctly for each role, use it at the right time in the process, or heed its advice, don’t count on any assessment to make a meaningful difference!