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Assessments used in hiring Cognitive ability tests Personality tests Letter of reference/reference check Biodata inventories/application blanks Situational judgment tests Integrity tests Interviews Work samples/simulations Assessment centers
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What is a test? Jennifer applied for a position as a receptionist in a local medical practice office. In addition to providing her résumé and references from former employers, she was invited to lunch with several of the physicians. Would this lunch constitute a “test”? Why or why not?
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How many employers use tests? 41% of employers test job applicants in basic literacy and/or math skills. 68% of employers engage in various forms of job skill testing 20% of employers use cognitive ability tests 13% of employers use personality tests 10% of employers use physical simulations of job tasks Almost all use interviews Source: www.amanet.org/research/pdfs/bjp_2001.pdf
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References and Letters of Recommendation Why use them? Resume fraud Avoid negligent hiring Information on work habits, past performance Correlation with performance is .18
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Problems with references/letters Leniency Who is asked Defamation concerns Low reliability
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What can an organization do to improve usefulness of references? Ask for specific ratings of abilities, traits that matter Structured forms; structured phone interview Don’t let individual choose all the references Provide a description of the job to the person giving the reference
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What should you do to make sure you get good references Ask if they will give you a positive reference Provide them with your resume, relevant information Let them know if there is something they should emphasize Give enough time if writing letters
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Biodata Collecting biographical information is a common method of job selection Assumes that past experiences and personal Can collect via application blank, biodata inventory, but also in phone screens and interviews Questions are sometimes factual and verifiable and sometimes are more subjective and about interests, styles, work habits and even personality
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Example items During high school, how many leadership positions did you hold? Did you ever win a prize or receive an honor for scientific achievement?
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S1. In connection with your work, in which of the following have you taken the most pride? A. Having been able to avoid any major controversies. B. Having gotten where you are on your own. C. Having been able to work smoothly with people. D. Having provided a lot of new ideas, good or bad.
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