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If you suffer from imposter syndrome, should you even consider becoming an Aspray property-sector franchisee?  Is life as a property loss assessor and repairs project manager really suitable for someone like you?

These are questions likely to run through the heads of the majority of people considering our professional franchise opportunity.  Know why?  Because, imposter syndrome isn’t something that affects a minority but something experienced by a majority.  In fact, in a recent Roar Training Survey, 96% of those interviewed said they suffered from imposter syndrome.  That’s even higher than the International Journal of Behavioral Science’s assessment, which says 70% of those in the workplace suffer from it, at some point in their lives.

What is Imposter Syndrome?

Imposter syndrome describes a condition suffered by those who feel they are not worthy or deserving of their accomplishments and who fear they will be exposed as a fraud, in a position they believe they have stumbled into by sheer luck.  It is typically suffered by high achievers, who cannot internalise and accept their success and was first described in the 1970s, by two women psychologist, Suzanne Imes PhD and Pauline Rose Clance PhD.

Would Imposter Syndrome hold back a franchisee’s success?

Traditionally, Imposter Syndrome has been regarded somewhat negatively, as a condition that puts the shackles on career progression and achievement.  It is associated with perfectionism and those unable to fulfil their perfectionist goals are felt to become overwhelmed and so disappointed that they regard themselves as failures.

Brand-new research, by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Assistant Professor of Work and Organization Studies, Basima Tewfik, now suggests, however, that those who suffer imposter syndrome actually push themselves more and are much better collaborators, communicators and delivers of empathy.  All of these factors are absolutely crucial for those wishing to be a successful Aspray property claims management franchisee.  Imposter syndrome sufferers are also found to ask more engaging questions and provide better answers, when in interview situations, which could also be beneficial when handling a property claim negotiation.  In fact, the new study has led to some commentators describing Imposter Syndrome as a “source of fuel” and a condition that prevents an individual from being complacent – something no loss assessing franchisee can afford to be.

Imposter Syndrome and Aspray Franchisee Recruitment

Aspray is actually delighted by the new evaluation of Imposter Syndrome, as it highlights that psychological factors are complicated to understand and those within an individual’s personality interact in very unexpected ways, at times.  Aspray, as an intuitive property sector franchisee, recognised this in 2020 and sourced a unique tool that enables many different personality and work-style facets to be analysed, assessed and benchmarked against those exhibited by Aspray’s top-performing property claims management franchisees.

We became the first franchisor in the UK to use Zorakle profiling to help select franchisees and help them to understand whether our franchisee opportunity is right for them.  Complex and in-depth profiling is achieved through a simple-to-take profiling questionnaire, which produces remarkably accurate analyses of individuals seeking to become franchisees. 

Zorakle does not seek out Imposter Syndrome but could positively rank the traits now associated with it, if Basima Tewfik’s analysis is correct.  If it is something that makes a prospective franchisee more communicative, empathetic and driven, then it should contribute to a good score during profiling. 

This “condition” could actually inspire a franchisee to go out of their way to resolve a client’s home or commercial property insurance claim to the very best of their ability and lead to them being desperate to avoid being disappointed by an offer of an unsatisfactorily low claim settlement by a loss adjuster. 

In short, even if you know you suffer Imposter Syndrome, it will not affect your chances of joining our successful and award-winning franchisee network, as long as it does not hold you back from applying.  How you think, feel and act will be assessed by Zorakle, as a first stage in our recruitment process.  Your compatibility score with us and our opportunity is what will influence our decision as to whether or not to take things further. 

Don’t let Imposter Syndrome hold you back from making that step of enquiring about a career as a property claims management and loss assessing franchisee.  It certainly need not be a factor that is detrimental to your chances.