The Plum Discovery Survey measures a person’s traits however Plum uses a Talent-based model. This means that you see how a candidate or employee rates on the top 5 Talents that are important for the role, represented with match rings :
These are the 3 main reasons why we use a Talent model over a trait model:
1. It is a lot easier to understand and talk about. Now instead of having to learn what traits like 'experiential disposition' mean, people already have an idea of what Talents like 'adaptation' and 'communication' refer to.
2. Talents are how we naturally think. When reviewing candidate or employee profiles, we often end up describing them using Talent language because it aligns with how we naturally think about people. "This individual is highly compassionate, mannerly and enthusiastic. That means they will be great to work with on a team." But, unless you have deep expertise on our tool, it is difficult to figure out the combination of traits that lead to teamwork, or other Talents. We have done the work on our end to map out those combinations for you.
3. Less reliance on text. Because traits like experiential disposition were hard to explain, we relied on a lot of text to describe candidate profiles. Because Talents are more intuitive, we can rely more on visuals to convey how great of a fit a candidate is for a role.
So let's say you understand why we did it...but you still love the traits?
Don't worry - the traits haven't disappeared. Each Talent is made up of a specific combination of the Plum traits.
For example, the Talent Adaptation is composed of 3 underlying competencies: Preparing for Change, Responding to Change, and Embracing Uncertainty.
Within the competency Preparing for Change, there are a set of 3 behaviors: Anticipating problems and choosing forward-thinking solutions, Developing plans to cope with unexpected events, and Identifying and developing possible solutions.
Each of those 3 behaviors actually maps to one of the Plum traits:
- Anticipating problems and choosing forward-thinking solutions - Problem Solving
- Developing plans to cope with unexpected events - Orderliness
- Identifying and developing possible solutions - Intellectual Disposition
The 12 traits that Plum assesses are there, but we have mapped out the behaviors they lead to, and how they relate to the 10 Plum Talents.