How to Set up Target Profiles

With Retorio you can create target profiles against which you can benchmark your users. Here is how!

Target profiles enable you to see to which extent your users match your hiring or development goals. Through target profiles you can tell Retorio's AI exactly for what type of personality and soft skills you look in your applicants or existing workforce.  

In this article you will get to know four common methods of creating target profiles:

Where to Find Target Profiles

You will see your target profiles as black dots within your user assessment dashboards. Moreover, target profiles represent an important component behind Retorio's job fit scores, and accordingly they determine how Retorio sorts, ranks, and compares your users and their assessment results.

Target profiles are associated with lists and accordingly you can attach only one target profile to the dashboard view. However, within the list view, you can sort your assessment results according to multiple target profiles.


In the process of setting up your target profiles you will learn what makes your existing team, tasks, and organizational culture unique. Accordingly, the process of creating taget profiles by itself adds value and helps you and your organization become more self-aware.

Generally, there are four ways to set up target profiles. These methods are not mutually exclusive and many Retorio clients combines several of these methods to reach their the ultimate target profile. 

(1) Use Retorio's Standard Templates 

The Retorio team has done extensive research in order to identify common success factors for typical job descriptions, such as sales, service, consulting, etc. These generic target profiles have been tested across various firms, cultures, and industries, where they consistently lead to effective HR decisions. To embed Retorio's standard templates into your account, please use the Retorio help bot or contact the service team and they will check whether any existing template matches your requirements (we are also working on a self-service template library).

(2) Fill out Retorio's Task and Culture Fit Questionnaires

For a start, you may fill out our task fit and culture fit questionnaires. These questionnaires comprise a set of scientifically validated questions that allow us to translate your requirements into a language that our AI understands.

  • Task Fit: Our task fit questionnaire is job-specific and it refers to the nature of the tasks that your assessment participants will currently work on (or will work on in the future). Accordingly you might consider filling out several task fit questionnaires for different positions within your firm (the questionnaire will ask you about the name of the respective position).

    Click here to fill out our task fit questionnaire (fill out one questionnaire for each new position) or copy the link below.
  • Culture Fit: Our culture fit questionnaire refers to your overall organizational culture and enables our AI to understand what makes your organization unique. This questionnaire refers to your organization as a whole and accordingly you can re-use it for all assessments. However, in order to capture the essence as well as the diversity of your organizational culture you might consider sharing the questionnaire with several people in your organization.

    Click here to fill out our culture questionnaire or copy the link below.

After filling out a questionnaire, please inform the Retorio service team, for which lists you intend to use the new target profile. The service team will subsequently integrate your target profile into your account. We are happy to send you the results of the surveys per email.

(3) Look for Hidden Success Factors by Analyzing your Existing Team

The most exciting way to create target profiles is to conduct a Retorio assessment with your existing team in order to identify what makes your team unique. In order to do so, just create a new list within your Retorio account, configure a video interview and invite as many people from your current team as possible. 

As soon as you have received representative number of assessments (the more the better), we will aggregate the results for you and create a custom target profile that accounts for your existing team structure.

(4) Look for Patterns in your Current and Past Hiring Decisions

By using Retorio you will generate a lot of data, which you can use to refine your target profiles from time to time. For instance, you may look for success patterns regarding your past decision making by systematically matching Retorio's output with performance data.

For instance, some of our clients conduct assessments with particularly successful past hires and use these profiles as benchmarks for their future hires. Others analyze their best teams in order to understand what team compositions work best. As a result, these clients achieve a continuously improved understanding of their organization and the factors that drive successful teams within their organizations.

Not Sure, Where to Start?

From our experience it is helpful to regard target profiles as a working hypothesis that is continuously tested. Therefore we recommend starting small and optimizing your profiles from time to time. You can start with a generic target profile or by filling out out task and culture fit questionnaires. Subsequently you can assess your existing team. After a few months you might consider taking a deeper look into your existing data and looking for hidden success factors. We are happy to consult you! For questions, please contact us per email or use the help bot in the Retorio platform.



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