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Tests. Some Background. Testing. Testing been in use for 50 years + Increased over the last decade. Provide an objective and fair way to discriminate. Testing. Nearly three quarters of UK companies now rely on psychometric profiling when recruiting."
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Tests Some Background
Testing • Testing been in use for 50 years + • Increased over the last decade. • Provide an objective and fair way to discriminate.
Testing Nearly three quarters of UK companies now rely on psychometric profiling when recruiting." (Source: The British Market Research Bureau and The Times article August 2002).
“The CIPD in their 2003 annual recruitment and retention study reported that the use of all types of assessments had increased dramatically during 2003. Most notably, the use of assessment centres increased by over 70% in a year, and are now used by almost 50% of all UK companies.”
Tests look at three basic areas • Abilities: your capacity to work with numbers, words, diagrams and systems. • Attainment: what you actually know about an area. • Personality: how you are typically likely to act, covering motivation, values and reaction to authority
What do you use? Main companies you are likely to come across: • Thomas International – PPA • SHL Group – OPQ • OPP – Firo B, MBTI • ASE – 16 PF, PeopleMapper • PSL – Rapid Personality Questionnaire • Cubiks – PAPI • Holst Group – McQuiag There are many more…
Test must be… • Reliable in that it is consistent in what it measures • Valid in that it does identify the attributes required • Are the tests fair? • Appropriate in how they are evaluated against the criteria for selection
Basic rules … • Feedback – feedback should always be given. If not offered, you must request it (part of their licensing agreement) • Openness – you must be aware that tests will be used and the procedure explained in advance. • Confidentiality – access to test results should be restricted to relevant parties Data protection Act)
CIPD viewpoint “CIPD broadly supports the use of psychological testing and believes that, used appropriately, testing can enhance decision making, thus enabling managers to develop more informed and accurate perceptions about the ability and potential of individuals.” CIPD website
Resources • British Psychological Society http://www.bps.org.uk/ http://www.psychtesting.org.uk/ • Business Test Publisher Association http://www.btpa.org/ • International Test Commission http://www.intestcom.org/