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How can psychometric testing be useful to us in industry? 

There are many organisations that are realising the benefits of psychometric testing in the selection process. If these psychometrics assessments are used properly and in a professional and informed manner, psychometric testing can make a significant value in increasing an organisations efficiency and effectiveness. Psychometric assessment can play a key role in placing the right type of individual in the right kind of career and to ensure that they receive the correct training to enhance their own skills by using scientifically reliable methods.

Organisations are also realising the need to assess future employee’s ethical stance and their intrinsic qualities.  Due to an increase in theft, fraud, drug use, alcohol problems and violence; psychometric testing is becoming an increasingly important predictor of potential future behaviour to rule out future high-risk employees.

Even with the continuous growth in psychometric assessment there are still a few criticisms relating to psychometric instruments with the main criticism being that of reliability and validity, and the over reliance of psychometric assessment to predict future performance in industry especially relating to complex positions like management. Another criticism relating to psychometric testing is to the extent to which tests might discriminate against a particular person or a group of people.

Psychometric testing tries to attempt some type of objectivity in selection decision making. The numerous tests used in selection fall in various categories including: personality, ability, aptitude, knowledge and integrity tests.

  • Personality tests

This psychometric test includes the quantification of traits that are of important to the job and would be much more difficult to measure by any other means. There are numerous tests that can be taken to measure personality but the most frequently used is that of written tests. The measure that is most often referred to as the basic dimension for personality tests is the ‘The Big Five Test’. The Big Five is a test that     measures the five components of personality including extraversion, agreeableness, conscientious, emotional stability and openness to experience.

  • Ability tests

This psychometric test is concerned with an individual’s skills and abilities that the individual already has. These tests measure if when an individual is given the opportunity to perform that person has the ability to perform the tasks. There are three main categories that fall into measurable abilities that can show potential and these are: psychomotor (perceptual speed and accuracy); physical (manual dexterity and physical strength); and cognitive (verbal and quantitative).

4 Responses to How can psychometric testing be useful to us in industry?

  1. Oliver Savill

    I can see why psychometric testing is so popular with recruiters; it offers a quick, objective administration-light time-saving selection tool. This has contributed to a large uptake in psychometric testing as a sifting tool which is effective at focusing efforts of HR staff when they have hundreds of applications to consider, but is it fair on the job applicant and is it accurate? There are many reasons why one job applicant may score better than another and the ‘perfect’ ability test will not be susceptible to these variances but unfortunately this sifting approach can necessarily discount suitable applicants. For now though I think we will see an increase in the use of psychometric testing.

     
    • Admin

      Would you rather only be subjective to the discretion of one interviewer for a job? The only the way to improve is to continuously update these tests and measure them throughout a new recruit job in order to see how successful the psychometric testing is.

       
  2. Douglas O.

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    Great website! I think there are many valuable information and advices here. Along the same line, I came across the following website which I found interesting. Traditionally, personality tests such as MBTI have been used as career aptitude test. However, these tests have a very limited scope as they ignore many important factors such as person’s skills, values, and interests.

    There have been many advancements in the area of career aptitude testing. Usage of artificial intelligence to evaluate suitability of a job for a person is one of the these techniques. You can take a complete version of the MBTI personality test plus many others such as memory, IQ, problem solving, and patience tests in OptYourLife. This website’s expert system tries to find the most suitable career path for you using neural network. Moreover, salary of different careers will be considered in the final analysis to provide a more insightful advice for you:

    http://www.optyourlife [dot] com/

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    • Admin

      What other tests can be used now instead of the MBTI test?

       

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