Test validation benefits
The key benefit is the production of a report that highlights those personality factors that are important for success leading to improvements in future recruitment. Other possible benefits include the following:
- Development of clear decision rules to make recruitment both more efficient and more effective;
- Information on the areas in which staff are seen as working more effectively or less effectively;
- How the client’s staff differ in terms of personality from other groups; and
- Depending on what data is collected, analysis of information relating to fairness and diversity
Incentives, such as discounts on materials, are something that need to be negotiated on a case by case basis – depending on the quality of the data that might be given to us. It is likely that the analysis would be conducted free of charge.
What is validity?
“Convergent” or “construct” validity scientifically checks whether we’re really measuring what we’ve set out to measure.
- In the case of pre-hire assessments, are we really measuring personality?
- Are we identifying something else about our test-takers — their reading ability, English fluency, memory, or ability to stick with a task?
- Are we left with actual personality data, or just a dataset of people who could finish a lengthy questionnaire?
Personality Test Validation Stage 1
Identify the following:
- Who should complete the personality. Each participant should be doing a similar role. A sample in excess of 40-50 is required.
- What job performance measures should be used and are available from HR. Examples of suitable job performance criteria:
- sales figures
- appraisal ratings
- development or assessment center competency ratings or pass/fail criteria
- length of service
Personality Test Validation
Stage 2 – Personality Test Validation
An excellent way of obtaining job performance data is to use a managerial Performance Rating form. Managers rate behavioural criteria that are important in their particular role. Some of the benefits include getting better quality data, getting around the “political” problems of appraisal ratings and covering all aspects of job performance focusing on those which would be more likely to correlate to the 16PF.
At the same time it is worthwhile asking people to rate themselves on the same criteria using a Performance Rating form.
Stage 3 – Personality Test Data Collection
Arrange for identified employees to complete the personality test. Also for their respective managers to complete individual Performance Rating forms.
Final Stage of Personality Test Validation
ROB WILLIAMS ASSESSMENT will conduct all the statistics – requiring a couple of days work – and share the results with the client in the form of a short report – also requiring a couple of days work.
10 personality tips to help your Study Skills
- Find time to study – If you manage your time badly, inevitably you will be less productive than if you manage it well. This can lead to increased stress and anxiety levels, especially around exam time.
- Keep to a routine – Work in the same place at the same time each day. Also, make sure you have everything you need before you start.
- Work to your strengths – Schedule challenging tasks for when you are most alert, and routine ones for when you may be feeling more tired.
- Don’t waste time – Rather than reading irrelevant material, skim and scan to help you decide if you need to read something critically and in-depth.
- Avoid distractions – Related to above. Switch emails and social media off to prevent your mind wandering while trying to learn new information!
- Regularly review your notes – Edit out what you don’t need. Ask yourself the question: “Is this information is relevant to my assignment, and how does it relate to what I already know.”
- Vary how you to take notes – For example, use Mind Maps and diagrams to generate ideas and linear notes to focus your ideas for essay or report plans.
- Be critical – Make sure that you always add your own comment to every concept or quotation that you write down. Maintain a critical and analytical approach at all times!
- Plan your work – If writing an assignment produce a detailed plan before you start to write it. This will make the drafting process much less stressful
- Understand different styles – By understanding different writing styles – such as academic, journal and journalistic styles – you can put what you read into perspective. In particular, you can become more aware of any particular bias.
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