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How to Use Psychometric Testing in Hiring

By Ben Dattner

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Roughly 18% of companies currently use personality tests in the hiring process, according to a survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management. This number is growing at a rate of 10-15% a year according to many industrial and organizational psychologists, as well as the Association for Test Publishers.

When used correctly, cognitive and personality tests can increase the chances that new employees will succeed. Since the cost of a bad hire is widely estimated to be at least one year’s pay, there are huge incentives for organizations to get hiring right. Unfortunately, too many organisations use the wrong psychometric assessments in the wrong way.

Here’s what organisations need to know in order to minimise potential risks and maximise the predictive accuracy of these tests:

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