Human Due Diligence

Human Due Diligence is a crucial process during a business transfer or merger. It focuses on the company’s human resources, including management and employees, to ensure that the necessary talent exists or that gaps are highlighted. Many investments and start-ups fail due to poor team composition and a lack of talent that often goes untested. By allowing employees to test and create a team report, this crucial element can be examined and the foundation for a good integration can be laid. It’s important to recognize and prioritize human resources in the M&A process and ensure key employees are retained.

M&A stands for “mergers and acquisitions” and refers to the process of buying, merging or acquiring companies to gain strategic advantage, increase market share or achieve other business goals. The M&A process often involves a thorough examination of a company’s assets and liabilities, including its human resources, financial records and market position, to assess the potential success of an acquisition or merger. M&As are an important strategic decision that can have a major impact on the future growth and success of a company.

TT38 Talent Test and Human Due Diligence

The TT38 talent test and the complementary tests provide the tools to make an accurate Human Due Diligence analysis.

By taking human capital into account, you will achieve much higher success rates with your M&As.

The solution is an accurate Human Due Diligence analysis that measures and identifies the human capital in an M&A (Harding & Rouse, 2007).

Read on for more information

Did you know that?


Clayton Christensen from Harvard estimates that 70-90% of all M&As fail.

Most M&As fail to deliver on expectations of shareholder value.

What is the cause?

The main reason for this, according to research, is people.

  • It’s about maximizing the potential of human capital in the merger.
  • Human capital can be boiled down to: individuals, talents, and how these are brought into play in teams.


To achieve success with this:

  1. Objectively identify “talent”.
  2. It is unknown whether an existing key employee will work in a new role.
  3. It is unknown if existing key employees will work in new teams.

Problem 1:
Lack of method and measurement unit

Talent is used to describe individuals that leaders subjectively favor.
Assumption: That a person is or is not a talent.

Our solution:
– We define talent based on 34 cognitive talents, which determine where an individual has their strengths.
– These talents are measured with the psychometric test, TT38.
– This provides transparency regarding which talents an individual possesses and where the individual has the greatest development potential.

Problem 2: Lack of clarity about key employees’ potential in new roles and teams


A merger involves change, new roles, and new collaborations.

Our solution: To achieve success, we work with a fit model (Kristof-Brown et al., 2005) with three separate but overlapping fits:

– Person-Job fit: Does the person have the right talents for the job function they need to fulfill?

– Person-Supervisor fit: Is there a good match between the person and their immediate supervisor? – Person-Team fit: Does the person fit into the new team?

Person-Job Fit

Two options

Describe the new role with talents and set talent requirements – Which talents are the entry ticket?

Test existing top performers and use their average to create a success profile.

Person-Supervisor Fit Test

The employee and their (future) immediate supervisor – is it a good match?

Where do they complement each other and where is the potential for conflict?

Person-Team Fit

How do the new teams look?

Can they cover all the relevant roles and achieve their goals?

Statements from happy customers

"In our selection of candidates, TT38 has
predicted the behavior 100% right each time!
The 3 times we chose not to follow the test
the candidate failed!"

"At Canon, we have a strong focus on hiring the right profiles that can succeed in our highly competitive market. Therefore, in collaboration with Talents Unlimited, we have used the TT38 Talent Test to define a success profile in sales that shows the talents a seller must have to be successful in our industry.
We can see that when we are loyal to our success profile, our success rate is higher in getting a salesperson to succeed in the job. This is of great benefit to both the employee and the company.
We have now gone one step further and have used the TT38 Talent Test in connection with team building in our sales team. The sellers and executives have become more focused on their talents and how they can become even better sellers, as well as how the sales team improve each other with each other's talent contributions"

"Personality tests have the effect of providing a rather caricatured - and therefore limited - image of a human being. TT38 is not like that.

TT38 draws a nuanced profile that better takes into account the often very contradictory qualities we each possess. The conclusions are not limited to "blue personality with a little green, so this is who you are", but is based on data on a wide range of personal traits and takes into account the interaction between them. It is all presented in a relatively straightforward way and is complemented by knowledgeable questioning and interpretation by Talents Unlimited, allowing the final nuances to come along

The warmest recommendations from here for both recruitment, efficiency and sheer curiosity"

""Have fun with it. Put your feelings into it, your heart, it's your world. Every time you practice, you learn more.
Sometimes you learn more from your mistakes than you do from your masterpieces. Nothing's gonna make your husband or wife madder than coming home and having a snow-covered dinner. At home you have unlimited time. Making all those little fluffies that live in the clouds. Absolutely no pressure. You are just a whisper floating across a mountain. If you didn't have baby clouds, you wouldn't have big clouds. When you do it your way you can go anywhere you choose."

Hanne Elisabeth Pilegaard - CEO Happy Workplace"

"Talents Unlimited conducted the TT38 Talent Test on everyone in our team. It has been an eye-opening process for all parties, where each of us has been identified with personality, values, human top talents and non-talents - as well as their paradoxes.

I, as well as employees, are now geared to individualize the types of tasks we each enjoy the most, so that we can solve them with the least possible energy and get the highest possible output.

I really feel that we have shaped the pieces and we can now start to puzzle and create some even better teams that understand and complement each other's talents.

It will give us a better bottom line. Economically as well as socially"

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