Europe remains resistant to wide use of psychometric testing

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Europe remains resistant to wide use of psychometric testingOn 3 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Psychometrictesting in recruitment and selection remains relatively uncommon.Only16 per cent of UK organisations employ psychometric tests in most selectiondecisions. And 50 per cent of UK organisations never or only rarely involve them.Across Europe, those organisations using psychometric tests for only a fewappointments, if at all, outnumber frequent users by at least two to one. Largeemployers are only slightly more likely to use tests than smaller ones.Duringthe last decade there has been a proliferation of new psychometric tests. Evenif good practice recommendations would frown on over-reliance on psychometrictesting in selection, psychometric testing in combination with other selectionmethods has been shown to have greater validity as a selection tool than areliance on more conventional approaches.Whereknowledge becomes rapidly outdated and competitive advantage depends on theability to innovate and communicate, being able to select people with the rightattributes – rather than the right skills – becomes more important. Yetbarriers to the widespread use of tests remain.Germanyleads in the resistance against testing. Nine out of 10 employers never orrarely make use of psychometric testing. Part of the explanation lies in theGerman employment statute which allows job applicants to challenge test resultsin court. More importantly, it reflects high levels of suspicion towardstesting. Particularly at more senior appointment levels, many applicants feelthat such techniques simply are not appropriate or legitimate. Attitudes seemto have softened during the past few years.Butone country runs against the general trend – Spain. Here, most organisationsuse psychometric testing. This might reflect the rapid modernisation of theSpanish economy since the death of Franco in the late 1970s. last_img

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