The IRC (Intercultural Readiness Check) is an online assessment of an individual’s intercultural competence. Developed by a team of intercultural experts, it has been taken by more than 45,000 people worldwide, and has been independently verified as being one of the most valid and well-researched intercultural assessment tools available.
It is available in 8 languages, including Japanese, and candidates receive a written profile report which explains their score in each section, with suggestions on what they can do to improve their skills in that area.
The IRC assesses four areas:
The degree to which a person takes an active interest in others, their cultural background, needs and perspectives.
The degree to which a person actively influences the business and social environment, concerned with integrating different people and personalities.
The degree to which a person actively monitors own communicative behaviours.
The degree to which a person is able to manage the greater uncertainty of intercultural situations.