Last week, I wrote a post about www.praice.com. This new platform lets your network evaluate you with the aim to get a more truthful portrait of your personality and this can be helpful to both job applicants and companies in a recruitment process.

I have tested the tool and have a few observations, which I want to share with you:

“Praice” is given in full anonymity:

Good: gives the platform integrity, because anonymity could mean that people are more honest in their reviews.

Bad: I only invited people I have studied, volunteered or worked with because I wanted evaluations based on how I act in my professional life.  At the end of the evaluation, the person who is giving “praice” will have to answer the question “Do you like Christel?” and choose between a happy and a sad smiley with.

Well, in spite of the fact, that I only invited people I liked and enjoyed working with and people I thought would think the same of me, someone chose the sad smiley, meaning a “non-recommendation”. This means, that I only have an 88% recommendation rate on my profile. Because the evaluations are anonyms, I have no idea who the person is or why the person would not recommend me. Strangely, the person’s evaluation was very positive, which leads me to think it was a mistake, obviously! (if in doubt this is humor and irony☺).

This has me a bit worried. If you have a dispute with a customer, co-worker or business partner, they could easily make your recommendation rate look bad. Would people really do this? Maybe not, but in the safety of anonymity, people do strange things.

Impressions – a feature where “Praicers” can add their impression of you by writing a short text.

Good: you can choose if you want the text displayed on your profile. When you have a new “praice”, you will see a check mark and an “x” next to the text. You can chose to approve the text and keep it on your profile or discard it.

Bad: well nothing really. As with all personal branding, you want the world to know you at your best. People looking over you profile will have this in mind.

Conclusion: as with all assessment tools, you have to be aware that you do not get the full picture. However, with www.praice.com, you get other peoples view on a person, and this could prove helpful. That being said, you have to supplement with other tools such as an application, a CV, other personality assessments tools  and of course a personal interview.

It will be interesting to follow www.praice.com and see how it will take off and develop. Maybe in the future “praise” will be spelled with a “c” in stead of an “s”.