Our Science FAQ

How does PAIRIN use science to personalize career exploration, hiring and professional development?

PAIRIN’s matching algorithms for career exploration include an individual’s soft skills proficiency, transferrable hard skills from work experience, education, personal preferences and interests. The results are completely customizable and can be adjusted as you go, making PAIRIN Pathways for career exploration the most personalized tool available. The soft skills science used in our Pathways offering is also the foundation of our hiring and professional development tools. We’ve drawn from the most validated and well-accepted research in soft skills assessment and made the content accessible for students through adults of all ages.

PAIRIN is revolutionizing behavioral pattern matching and creating the opportunity for every individual to benefit from data that can inform job alignment as well as facilitate and quantify meaningful, lasting change. By measuring over 100 soft skills in as little as ten minutes, PAIRIN determines the data that is most relevant to an individual or a company’s goals. Based on these goals, PAIRIN identifies strengths and areas for development, then prioritizes the soft skills micro-lessons that are most relevant to each individual.

What makes PAIRIN’s science unique?

PAIRIN’s science incorporates the concepts of The Adjective Check List (ACL) by Dr. Harrison Gough, who was seen by many as the father of psychometrics. He created 38 assessments and authored more than 200 publications. The ACL was created in 1949 to measure attributes of relating, thinking, motivation and character. In addition, our survey combines concepts from notable human behavior research and studies including Duckworth’s Grit, Goldman’s EQ, CASEL: Social & Emotional Learning, and Peterson and Seligman’s Character Strengths and Virtues.

How has PAIRIN’s science been validated?

PAIRIN’s solution was built upon 60 years of research, 18 years of job performance measurement by the founders and was co-designed with partners from public education, industry, foundations, military and state and federal government. It has been validated in 23+ languages, written about in 700+ research papers and been replicated in study groups comprised of more than 10,000 people across cultures. Over the past 17 years, psychologists have successfully replicated virtually all major non-cognitive measures to create the most comprehensive system for assessing soft skills and mindsets in existence.

Why is The PAIRIN Survey the best measurement tool available?

The PAIRIN Survey includes unique criteria making it superior to other tools on the market including:

  • Eight internal validity checks – Algorithms automatically check and flag surveys for response bias issues such as random answering or potential fabrication, potentially too negative or too positive. This ensures that you are immediately notified of any surveys that need to be investigated or retaken to ensure their accuracy. Any potentially invalid surveys can be removed from aggregated results with a simple click, without losing the data.
  • Low reference bias – The assessment was normed cross-culturally and does not ask respondents to compare themselves to other people or standards. Thus, the assessment poses minimal opportunity for an individual’s preexisting beliefs to affect the results.
  • Low face validity – The degree to which individuals are able to guess what their responses will produce in the end is minimal due to the extensive adjective associations. This ensures that the survey or cannot, subconsciously or consciously, pick the desirable answer.

Assessments and surveys that use a Likert Scale (such as a scale of one to five) have high face validity and high reference bias because the surveyor can easily guess what is desirable and/or their past experiences can affect the results. Likert scale surveys and assessments should be avoided for critical applications.

How do the adjectives on the PAIRIN survey associate to individual scores?

Any given attribute comprises or derives from an average of 43 adjectives, and can draw upon as many as 297. This makes it very difficult for individuals taking The PAIRIN Survey to guess as to what scores an individual adjective will apply. Furthermore, most adjectives map to several different scores, making it even more difficult to decode.

How does PAIRIN measure soft skills more accurately and quickly than any other assessment?

PAIRIN has taken this proven science and built it into a Software as a Service (SaaS) with complicated backend algorithms that took many years to perfect. Individuals take the survey by selecting from a list of adjectives which takes an average 8-minutes to complete. PAIRIN’s software works in the background to instantly analyze the results, which are delivered immediately.

How does PAIRIN use science to create “PAIRIN Targets”?

PAIRIN Targets are created based on research into the skills that make up the target components (such as a specific job role or general Career Readiness). These targets are based on the years of data we’ve gathered on each of these roles–whether that is what makes up leadership, work-life balance or customer service.

PAIRIN has partnered with many organizations and consortiums in projects to collect and validate data, including the Center for Data Science and Public Policy at the University of Chicago as part of the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Workforce Data Initiative, U.S. Health and Human Services, the State of CO’s Talent Found initiative and many others.

How was the PAIRIN Readiness Target created?

A public/private consortium of educators, foundations, government and private enterprise studied every major 21st Century Skills research initiative. This group identified the 20 essential skills for college and career readiness and created what is now known as the PAIRIN Readiness Target.

Why does PAIRIN measure soft skills?

Not only are soft skills more than 75% of what makes an individual successful in career and life, but soft skills are also changeable, enabling individuals to learn and grow in their desired areas.

What proven scientific practices does the PAIRIN soft skills curriculum include?

The PAIRIN Curriculum integrates backward design, the gradual release of responsibility and performance assessment for competency-based learning. In PAIRIN’s methodology, developed by Dr. Tara Laughlin, these practices are strategically combined together to integrate soft skills into the curriculum, resulting in greater success for the learner.