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Common questions about Discus and DISC
What does Discus profiling cost?
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What does Discus profiling cost?

Discus profiles start at just $35 each, with discounts available for more substantial purchases.

For new accounts, we offer a whole range of useful extras. Find out more on our pricing page.

How do I get started with Discus?

Getting started with Discus is easy. You'll just need to take a few minutes to sign up for an account, and then you'll be ready to start creating profiles right away.

Can I send questionnaires to my candidates online?

Discus provides an entire suite of features to make this process easy and automatic. At the simplest level, you can simply enter a person's e-mail address, and Discus will send them an invitation and then display and manage the questionnaire. Once the questionnaire is complete, a report will immediately be compiled and added to your accounts.

Discus also provides lots of options for your to customise this process to meet your exact requirements. For example, you can arrange to be automatically notified and sent a copy of the report as soon as it is available.

Can a person completing a questionnaire read their own report?

This is a decision you can make as you set up an invitation. There's no requirement to share the report, but you have the option of doing so if you wish.

Discus can also provide an intermediate solution through the 'Feedback' report, which is an alternative version of the report specifically designed for this purpose, providing a readable and accessible summary of the results.

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Every DISC profile produced on your account is held in your own secure Discus database. You can access, review and manage those reports at any time. Discus even provides extra features to assess the results in combination, such as comparing candidates against the needs of a role, or assessing how individuals would work together in a team.

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We offer a comprehensive online video training course introducing the DISC system and its workings. The course is free if you sign up for an account with fifty credits or more.

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The four key ingredients in a DISC profile are the four DISC factors: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance. Each DISC profile shows the relative importance of these four factors in a given individual's behaviour. While the four factors are formally named 'Dominance', 'Influence', 'Steadiness' and 'Compliance', they are much more commonly referred to among experienced DISC users simply as 'D', 'I', 'S' and 'C'.

Note that no factor is 'better' or 'worse' than any other - a DISC profile simply reports a style of behaviour, and each style has its own inherent strengths, and also its own specific shortcomings.

It is common to find behavioural styles that represent a single factor - a highly Dominant individual, for example, or a very Steady one. At least as often, though, profiles show a combination of these factors, leading to more complex interpretations as the various factors combine together.

Nonetheless, an understanding of the properties of each of the four basic factors is an important first step in interpreting any DISC profile. The factors help to define a person's motivations and drives, their aversions and dislikes, and their general style of behaviour.

  • Dominance (D) is the DISC factor that relates to control, power and assertiveness.
  • Influence (I) relates to an individual's approach to social situations, and their style of communication.
  • Steadiness (S) is the factor of patience, persistence and thoughtfulness.
  • Compliance (C) describes a person's approach to structure and organisation.

DISC Sub-traits

One way of understanding the relationships between factors in a profile is through 'sub-traits'. There are twelve of these, one for each possible pair of factors. For example, if a particular individual has a high Dominance score and a low Steadiness score, we can say that they are 'Self-motivated', and further interpret their profile in light of this. We can represent this relationship using a shorthand form - for instance, 'D/S' (pronounced 'D over S') represents Dominance being higher in a profile than Steadiness.

  • Accuracy (C/I, sometimes called 'Caution') refers to individuals for whom getting things just right is the main goal.
  • Co-operativeness (C/D) applies to individuals who prefer to work in a team environment.
  • Efficiency (D/I) describes a person primarily motivated by results.
  • Enthusiasm (I/S) relates to animated, expressive behaviour.
  • Friendliness (I/D) is essentially a social sub-trait, used of people who are open and warm to others.
  • Independence (D/C) is used to describe self-reliant individuals who follow their own goals.
  • Patience (S/D) is displayed by calm and unobtrusive types.
  • Persistence (S/C) represents dogged, tenacious behaviour.
  • Self-confidence (I/C) is used specifically to describe social confidence.
  • Self-motivation (D/S) relates to self-starting, 'go-getting' styles.
  • Sensitivity (C/S) appears in profiles for people who are observant and aware of their environment.
  • Thoughtfulness (S/I) is used to describe individuals who think their actions through carefully.

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