Assessment: Plum Discovery Survey

I feel conflicted when taking the assessment. What if the available answers don't describe me at all?

Plum’s Discovery Survey was created to better understand what people truly prioritize. If given limited time in a day, everyone prioritizes some things over others. Plum wants to get an idea of your priorities. That is what the survey is measuring.

There may be times in the assessment when you must select options that are "most like you" or "least like you," yet none of them seem to fit. Sometimes, it is tough to find an answer that perfectly describes you. This is a normal reaction to taking the Discovery Survey because the assessment is forced choice (e.g., forces you to choose between desirable options).

Plum's Discovery Survey requires all respondents to prioritize different items. This means that in some cases, you may need to select statements that don't describe you perfectly but are more like you than the other statements. This information is more valuable to employers than saying you're great at everything. Research has shown that if we give people the ability to say everything good is "most like them" and everything bad is "least like them," we wouldn't get an accurate picture of a person.

Note that you will see similar statements show up multiple times, but the set of statements that you need to compare them to is different. Where you might have said a statement was “most like you” previously, maybe the two statements that surround a similar statement are now more like you, which alters the priority a bit. No one question fully determines your priorities, but after many questions and statements, we can get an overall picture of your priorities.  

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