If you are familiar with earlier iterations of Plum, you would know that candidate Discovery Survey results used to be presented as a list of 12 traits. The top 6 traits that were determined to be most important for a role by the match criteria survey were presented first. Those 6 traits were factored into the calculation of the match score.
Since then we have moved to a talent-based model. This means that you now see how a candidate rates on the top 5 talents that are important for the role, represented with match rings instead of numbers:
These are the 3 main reasons why we moved to this 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 profiles, we often ended up describing candidates using talent language because it aligned with how we naturally think about people. "This candidate is highly compassionate, mannerly and enthusiastic. That means they will be great to work with on a team." But, unless you had deep expertise on our tool, it was difficult to figure out the combination of traits that led 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 - we haven't thrown them away. In fact, they are still there, but you need to look a little deeper to find them.
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 same 12 traits that Plum always assessed are still there, but we have now mapped out the behaviors they lead to, and how they relate to the 10 Plum talents.