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Are your psychometric tests up to scratch?

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HC Online | 25 Oct 2012, 12:00 AM Agree 0
The use of psychometric testing in recruitment has grown exponentially – but are your screening processes doing the job they were designed to do?
  • Naomi Lock | 26 Oct 2012, 09:40 AM Agree 0
    I think we also need to remember that psychometric tests don't just measure personality.

    There are a number of valid, reliable and hugely valuable psychometric assessments that help to cover off other important characteristics:

    - cognitive ability tests are a very powerful predictor of future work performance

    - emotional intelligence tests help to understand an individuals' leadership behaviour and emotional reactions in the workplace

    Credible assessment providers can help organisations to align the requirements of a job description, with the recruitment process to ensure psychometric assessments are adding value, insight and strong outcomes for all.
  • Alan Harrison | 16 Jan 2013, 06:52 PM Agree 0
    I agree psychometric testing is very popular these days. However the way some are used leaves much to be desired - making testing a fad rather than better science in HR. I had an experience with Onetest - where test norms were based upon unsupervised tests completed at home on line, (we dont even know who completed the test). These were used to rank people on various dimensions. The test items in some were in my view rather odd, so I asked the HR girl who administered the testing to provide me with a copy of the test manual indicating what cohorts had been used to develop items, set norms, what reliability and validity data they had, any interpretation notes so that reports could be properly interpretted. She had nothing. Checking on university web sites revealed many graduates had had their career launch compromised by poor test results and were banned from re sitting tests for some arbitrary period and others who had achieved good results were offering to help do the tests (for a fee maybe?). It was all very unprofessional and reflected very badly upon contemporary HR practice. I understand Onetest is quite commonly used and is certainly well marketed.
  • Onetest Psychology Team | 07 Feb 2013, 12:43 PM Agree 0
    Hello Alan,

    Most of our assessments are developed in Australia and all have valid Australian normative data. Onetest assessments undergo a rigorous development and testing phase that adheres to Australian Psychological Society standards. The brevity of the comment box limits the discussion that we can have on our technical manuals, the details of our normative groups, the validity and reliability of Onetest assessments, as well as the strategies we have in place to ensure that candidates do not cheat on the assessments. However, please feel free to contact the Onetest Psychology Team for more information or a more in-depth discussion regarding our assessments.
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