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Psychometrics tools have long been associated with senior hires, but new research by Network HR suggests that organisations are spreading their use far wider than this. Peter Crush investigates.
Psychometric testing has long been seen as an exercise in telling recruiters either what they already knew, or what could easily be deduced from a face-to-face interview.
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But new research by Personnel Today and Network HR Executive Search appears to shed new light on how the HR sector perceives this predominantly recruitment-supporting tool.
Not only do three-quarters of respondents say they use psychometrics, but 78% agree that it is a "powerful tool" for hiring.
And perhaps most surprising of all, psychometric tests are broadly believed in, with 88% of respondents who use them saying they have faith in test results (27% said "a lot" while 61% said "quite a lot").
Things have certainly changed since the embryonic days of Victorian pioneers like Francis Galton, whose early work focused on origins of intelligence. Today, tests range from measuring everything from attitudes to how people perceive things and make decisions (the well-known Myers-Briggs Indicator), to item response theory (the Rasch model) on traits and people’s responses to different stimuli.
[pullquote]Managers and HR professionals are under more pressure than ever to prove their hiring decisions are both accurate and well-conceived." - Chris Small, Saville Consul