Dr Luke Montuori is a psychometrician with a PhD in psychology at Central Test, based in Kennington Park. Central Test offers innovative personality tests and state-of-the-art training to organisations looking to understand their employees on a deeper level. We asked Dr Montuori about what drew him to the field of psychometrics, his favourite places in London to let his hair down and his go-to lunch spot near Kennington Park.
I’d be betraying my academic roots if I didn’t say B.F. Skinner [American psychologist, behaviourist, author, inventor and social philosopher].
What does a psychometrician do?
Psychometricians created the personality test you had to do as part of your job application, they monitor the tests used in schools and universities to make sure questions are fair, relevant and informative, and devise new ways of measuring the human experience.
What do you love about your work?
I get bored doing the same thing over and over, but this work is incredibly varied.
How do you get into work?
I’m one of the lucky ones – I get to walk into work every morning. And no, I’m not sorry.
“At Central Test we devise new ways of measuring the human experience”
Office view you’d kill to have?
An unimpeded view of the Shard – it’d be hard to top that.
Go-to lunch spot near Kennington Park?
The Fentiman Arms. I’m a big fan of a Friday pub lunch, especially in summer.
What’s your favourite thing about Kennington Park?
I find the building to be extremely visually appealing, and it’s nice to work in an environment like that. I also think there’s always a bit of a buzz, with lots of people working in really interesting companies, so it’s just a great atmosphere to come into every day. Café Mimosa’s parties are pretty good too.
Where do you tend to chill/brainstorm in Kennington?
I think the Park [a lounge area on the first floor] is the best place to have informal meetings outside of the office, but apparently, I’m not the only one. Sometimes you’re lucky to get a seat there!
Worst work habit?
Opening more browser tabs than either I or my computer can handle.
How do you relax after a hard day at work?
I love to cook, but often it’s hard to find the time after work.
Best place to let your hair down in London?
Southbank – there’s always something interesting going on, lots of good food, and it has my favourite views of London. I love to hang out there.
If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, in which field what would you have a good chance at winning a medal?
Making bad jokes.
What skill would you like to master?
Making better jokes.
Favourite place to work out?
Camberwell swimming pool. Its architecture and big windowed ceiling make my swims that much more enjoyable. Either that, or the new ultra-modern pool at e Castle Centre [in Elephant & Castle]. Favourite app?
The Headspace mindfulness app. I find it really useful to get myself in the right mindset for work in the morning, or for winding down in the evening.
Read more about how Luke uses psychometric testing to help clients on page 45 of HomeWork magazine, which you can see online here.
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