Psychometric & personality testing

Psychometric tests are used for activities such as recruitment and selection, training and development, career guidance and team building.

Employers commonly use two forms of psychometric tests: firstly, those designed to measure maximum performance, such as ability, aptitude or attainment; and secondly those designed to assess personal qualities such as personality, temperament, values and interests.


Mindset and match: recruiting millennials is about more than speed

4 Aug 2016

Speeding up recruitment processes may appease applicants, but it won’t get to the heart of why some employers are failing...

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Gamification in recruitment: psychometric selection for more diverse talent

1 Aug 2016

As companies endeavour to attract candidates with the right skills, Cath Everett looks at how gamification is helping recruiters select...

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Adventurous or cautious? How HR’s risk profile compares with other workers

17 May 2016

People are frequently cited as an organisation’s biggest asset, so the idea that everything related to risk management comes back...

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Arctic Shores managing director Robert Newry collects top prize at disruptHR

HR Tech World’s disruptHR: the ones to watch

23 Mar 2016

For the last three HR Tech World events, Faye Holland has interviewed and assessed dozens of companies who believe they...

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Psychometrics evolution: how testing has won over HR

15 Sep 2015

Psychometrics tools have long been associated with senior hires, but new research by Network HR suggests that organisations are spreading...

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One-third using psychometrics have no training, finds survey

15 Sep 2015

Almost one-third of organisations do not require individuals to have training before they facilitate a psychometric test, according to a...

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Towers Watson acquires Saville Consulting

27 Apr 2015

Towers Watson, the HR consulting and risk management company, has acquired psychometric assessment business Saville Consulting for £42 million.
Peter...

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How do you test and screen potential recruits?

13 Feb 2015

Personnel Today, in association with Network HR, is conducting research into how organisations approach selection tests during the recruitment and...

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online personality profiling

Five pitfalls to avoid with online personality profiling

26 Jan 2015

Online personality profiling is growing fast, and a few mouse clicks can shepherd tens of thousands of candidates through the...

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Rita Gunther McGrath speaking at the CIPD conference last week

CIPD Manchester 2014: changing perspectives

10 Nov 2014

Key lessons for employers to take away from last week's CIPD annual conference in Manchester highlighted by Martin Couzins...

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Three ways to prevent a drain on talent

25 Apr 2014

A brighter economic outlook also means dissatisfied employees are more likely to look for a new role. Martin Reed examines...

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Employers rely on instinct over structure when hiring, research finds

19 Mar 2014

People who make hiring decisions tend to rely on gut instinct, poaching and increasingly unstructured interviews as opposed to more...

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The ‘sham psychometric test’ controversy

10 May 2013

Psychometric testing has been in the news recently, and not in a good way. According to recent reports, the Department...

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Psychological tool originally designed for astronauts touches down in civilian life

12 Jul 2011

With the origins of its research in space and its high profile presence in projects such as Mars 500, a new...

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Understanding the benefits of psychometric testing

1 Jun 2011

Psychometric testing can provide useful information when assessing the suitability of potential employees. Linda Goldman and Joan Lewis examine when...

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