You filled in the test, what now?

The extensive report is immediately available to you in the digital portal after completing the personality test BasicProfileScreen. These results are not only important for you, but also for the candidate who completed the test.

Everyone who completes the professional personality test BasicProfileScreen receives a short version of the results. You will be shown the BasicProfileScreen matrix and the score on the nine competencies.

How do you interpret all the verbs in the matrix?


“Explore” is about the need for challenge and the curiosity for the unknown.
“Brake” shows the need for certainty and predictability of the familiar world or the desire for safety and security.
“Steer” reflects the need to arrange your (work) agenda and determine your own space.


“Send” shows our urge to talk and to show ourselves.
“Receive” shows our urge to listen and observe in order to gather information.
“Dictate” reflects our desire to assert our self-esteem. A higher score on dicatating means that you communicate in order to impose your will and gain social control.


“Do” means finding pleasure in manual labour and physical action.
“Think” means making abstraction of the here-and-now and searching for rational logic and numerical laws. This enables us to fathom matter and structure and to come up with theoretical concepts.
“Note” means taking pleasure in documenting and managing one’s own activities.

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“Receive”, what does it mean?

People ‘receive’ when they listen patiently and observe attentively in order to gather information.

Think of an antenna that can receive signals. The more sensitive or larger the antenna is, the more signals are received.

The higher the score on “receiving”, the more curious they are about the way other people live and the more they try to understand the behaviour of others. With this knowledge they can show interest in the ups and downs of others, adjust their own behaviour and also know what is expected of them. They pick up body language faster and can develop social and emotional intelligence. They then use social information to deal with people ‘smartly’.

Job options: Functions in which people are central. Care & nursing, education, psycho-social-cultural sector, service provision, sales, people-management, reception and counter functions, executive functions as part of a team, guarding, speech therapist, counselling functions, hairdresser…

The lower the score on “receiving”, the fewer people allow themselves to be influenced by what others say. They have less interest in the world and experiences of others. They pick up fewer signals and are also less sensitive to what people think (of them). They are especially open to signals that relate to their own areas of interest or to clear and unambiguous signals.

Job options: Functions that require a lot of task-oriented concentration or where it is best not to be too sensitive; surgeon, quality controller, welder, pilot, air traffic controller, software developer, isolated functions (e.g. farmer), crisis manager…

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“Think”, what does it mean?

We “think” when we hurt our heads for a long time about math exercises or chemical formulas, but also when we fantasize or ponder.

The higher the score on “thinking”, the more people can find pleasure in solving a theoretical problem or question and the easier they deal with symbols such as musical notes, numbers and codes. They also often like a clear line between what is true and what is wrong, and they find support in the rational-logical understanding of the world.

Job options: Usually people who score high on “thinking” have a real need for a thought exercise in the job. However, as long as you don’t end up in a purely operational position, you’ll soon find yourself in a good position. Thinking also often helps you to make your own job more interesting. The real “thinkers” are mainly to be found within software development, technical or financial study/calculation environments, as a statistician, and/or within the academic (philosophical) world…

The lower the score on “thinking”, the more people prefer to follow their gut feeling and want to work with both feet on the ground in the here and now. They prefer practical challenges to theoretical ones and rely on their wealth of experience. A low score therefore says a lot more about the way of thinking (gut feeling versus rational-mathematical) than about IQ. In other words, people can be brilliant with a low score for thinking.

Job options: All functions in which it is important that you keep both feet on the ground and are mainly busy with the here-and-now. If you want to go higher up, you obviously have to be able to read ‘numbers and graphs’, which require a bit of ‘thinking’ effort.

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“Explore”, what does it mean?

You “explore” when you’re looking for the unknown; new experiences, different approaches, but also when you’re looking for your own limits…

The higher the score on “exploring”, the more curious people are about unprecedented experiences. They are stimulated by what lies behind the horizon and gain energy from adventurous challenges. They want to be able to experiment and explore both the possibilities of their environment and their own limits. They see the world through pink glasses.

Job options; Functions in which you can work innovatively or which involve a lot of movement (e.g. technician on the job), adventurous functions, media – creative – & artistic functions, sales functions in which you have to find new customers, para-military…. In short, it’s best not to have functions that require you to sit in the same office or work on the same factory belt or where the tasks are very repetitive.

The lower the score on “exploring”, the less people feel adventurous and the more they are satisfied with the situation as it is. They are not sensitive to fashion trends and are not looking for kicks. They don’t always require a challenge to perform well and are a bit suspicious of change.

Job options; functions within larger work environments, where there is less room for unforeseen circumstances and the rules of the game don’t change overnight or (indoor) functions that don’t oblige you to go outside their comfort zone.

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“Dictate”, what does it mean?

We ‘dictate’ when we absolutely want others to understand us well. This can be to impose our will, to defend ourselves, but also to communicate our truth.

The higher the score on “dictating”, the more people want to impose their own thinking on others. A high score testifies to social self-security, a strong belief in one’s own values and visions and the courage to stand up for one’s own rights. They are assertive and dare to have their say. Think about a teacher who gives a ‘Dictation’, so you have to listen very carefully! In class, the only person who is allowed to dictate is the teacher.

Job options: “Dictating” is something you can only really use in your career after a while, when you have to lead people or defend your ideas, for example. In any direction you go, you can/will evolve to such a position if you keep scoring high on ‘dictating’. At the start of your career, however, you should be a bit cautious, because otherwise you will quickly come into conflict with your boss. Typical professions for people with a high score: lawyers, directors, union representatives, ministers, production managers, salesmen, trainers, senior military personnel, diplomats…

The lower the score on “dictating”, the more people adopt a modest and self-critical attitude in contact with others. They don’t want to offend anyone and avoid arguments and disagreements. They don’t look for the last word and rarely express outspoken points of view. They often find it difficult to say ‘No’ and are easily overtaken by emotion when they raise their voice.

Job options: You only need “dictating” if you have the ambition to later lead or convince other people of your ideas. If you have that ambition and score low today, you can read a book about assertiveness or the art/science of standing up for yourself without being overtaken by emotion. Usually a low score on dictation goes hand in hand with a good team mentality and few conflicts at work.

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“Steer”, what does it mean?

“Steering” is very similar to steering a car.

Whoever is at the wheel determines where (direction) the ride is going and how fast or slow (pace) it is being driven. This means that people who steer, create a personal order in time (pace) and space (direction). Actually they try to arrange their future by planning their work (tempo) and keeping a goal in mind (direction).

People who score high on steering will also choose more consciously to explore or slow down. These are two other dimensions of the BasicProfileScreen matrix.

The higher the score on “steering”, the more people prefer to be able to arrange their tasks independently. They try to gain control over everything that can influence their future. They are more focused and apply structures (planning, order, systematics…) to achieve their goals.

Job options; people who score higher on “steering” enjoy jobs where everything has to be arranged and organised, but also in jobs where one may/must arrange one’s own tasks independently or simply as a self-employed person.

The lower the score on “steering”, the fewer people are willing to make a personal arrangement. They rather live in the ‘nonchalant’ future: looking ahead, preparing, organizing, deciding, arranging, making decisions … are not immediately verbs that make them excited. They expect and accept that their tasks will be arranged by others and they arrange their agenda according to the needs of the moment. Their sense of time is rather vague and their work environment is seldom neatly arranged.

Job options; Functions where you need to be able to adapt smoothly to the work coming your way. Often these are either operational or creative. “Steering” does not really play a role in IT development, consultancy and jobs in healthcare or technical services either.

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“Send”, what does it mean?

We “send” when we have a chat with someone and share our experiences.

We also “send” when we show ourselves; haircut, clothing, jewellery and/or tattoos.

The higher the score on “sending”, the more people want to share their experiences with others and the more they want to be amongst and with people. They are open-hearted and like it when people see and hear them. They take care of their appearance and want to stand out. They also dare/will show emotions more quickly. All this makes it easier to develop bonds of friendship.

Job options: “Sending” is an important part of fluent contact skills. People who score high on “sending”, often find it easier to ‘earn their living’. Sales representatives, politicians, many managers, TV celebrities and lawyers are typical “senders”. Also think of reception functions, public relations, education, advisory functions.

The lower the score on “sending”, the less people are inclined to start a conversation themselves. They have little need to tell their own story and prefer to avoid large crowds. In a group, they feel a little uncomfortable and they don’t like to be in the spotlight. Their circle of friends will rather be limited to a small group of confidants.

Job options: It is best not to have jobs in which you have to constantly communicate with people or sell products. Think about functions where you work in silence, such as surveillance, monitoring, research & lab functions, IT, solitary functions, assistants…

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“Brake”, what does it mean?

People learn to “brake” when things go wrong when exploring.

A toddler’s finger will only touch the candle flame on the birthday cake once, and if they fall in a corner later when cycling, they will brake faster at the next corner.

“Braking” means avoiding or preventing unpleasant experiences. As a result, people look for certainties and develop a preference for familiar environments and familiar ways of working, among other things.

The higher the score on “braking”, the more people are concerned about the good course of events and the more careful they become. They are naturally cautious about possible problems and unpleasant situations. They look for predictability and prefer to operate in a familiar environment. They work best when they are given clear guidelines and when there is order and structure.

Job options; All functions in which alertness, care, precision, accuracy, correctness, control, loyalty… are important. They perform best within familiar environments that are well structured, with great job security and clear rules. This can be in government, but also as a hairdresser, treasurer, cook or as a creator of algorithms.

The lower the score on “braking”, the less people worry about tomorrow. They don’t easily care to a mistake more or less. Those who have a low score have little need for certainty or guidelines and also attach less importance to what is known or a daily routine. These people are therefore more likely to lose interest/attention to tasks that are well known.

Job options; It is better not to have jobs where the finishing touches have to be made, where neglecting details can have dramatic consequences or where the work is too boring. They perform better when tasks need to be carried out at a fast pace or environments where there are no strict regulations and small mistakes are tolerated, such as in young, enterprising and/or uncritical environments….

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“Note”, what does it mean?

We “note” when we carefully document what we think is important, by typing or writing it down and saving it.

It is a task that students should have a very good understanding of, because they have to do it almost every day.

The higher the score on “noting”, the more energy we put into carefully typing/writing, saving and managing everything that seems important. In this way we preserve the knowledge/skills we have acquired so that we can use them again in the future.

Job options: There are hardly any functions today that don’t involve administration. In other words, the higher you score on “noting”, the more possibilities you have on the job market. The most typical functions are of course the administrative and financial functions. However, there are a lot of functions where administration is an important sub-task, like for example: marketing, education, functions within the judiciary or the government.

The lower the score on “noting”, the less people like to be burdened with ‘paperwork’ and the sloppier they deal with it. Attending classes and writing everything down is not really an amusement for them.

Job options: You can imagine that as an administrative employee, bookkeeper or notary you almost exclusively have to ‘note’, so the chances are small that you would feel happy in those jobs. Jobs in which you have to “note” the least are those in which you mainly have to work with your hands. Examples are in the hospitality industry, as a salesman, sportsman or security guard … you are not overburdened with administration.  Similarly, the care sector and many creative sectors are rather administration-low.

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“Do”, what does it mean?

“Doing” means working with your hands or making physical efforts.

The higher the score on “doing”, the more people prefer to work with their hands. They often prefer a job where handiness comes in handy. They are practical, like precision work with the fingers and don’t mind physical effort. This can manifest itself in various areas; physical work, creative use of materials, sports, making music, surgery…

Job options: All functions where physical labour or action is involved; care, technical maintenance, physiotherapist, yard work, dock work, warehouse worker, trucker, (animal) care, dentist, factory worker, farmer, ironing service, cleaning, surgeon, cook, sculptor, para, practice teacher or – physical education, musician, hairdresser…

The lower the score on “doing”, the less willing people are to earn their living with manual labour. They have other assets with which they enter the labour market and prefer to leave the physical work to others.

Job options: Functions that involve little or no manual labour/physical effort. The higher your diploma, the lower the chance that you have to work with your hands, except as a lab technician, physiotherapist, nurse, surgeon, …

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