Psychometric Numerical Tests & Employment
Psychometric Tests A History – Numerical Reasoning Tests & Employment
Psychometric tests may be a growing part of the recruitment process, but they are not a new phenomenon. Despite the recent surge in tests such as numerical reasoning tests and verbal reasoning tests, they alongside other psychometric tests have been around for many years.
Psychometric tests are generally developed by Chartered Occupational Psychologists who are professionals at developing numerical reasoning psychometric tests.Psychometric tests assess candidate’s ability to deal with figures quickly and carefully while under time pressure. They first became prevalent in the 1980’s following work of psychologists such as Paul Kline with his pioneering work “A handbook of test construction: Introduction to psychometric design (1986)”.
He concluded that psychometric tests could provide reliable and yet objective results which could be used to evaluate candidates abilities. He also concluded accurate judgements could only be made if the quality of tests was high so having good quality tests was deemed to be of paramount importance.
The growing use of psychometric tests
This internationally acknowledged work was followed by a rise in the use of psychometric numerical reasoning tests in assessment centres and now psychometric tests are commonly used by employers seeking to differentiate between candidates.
Other works followed in the 1990’s including “An analysis of the predictive power of the panel interview and pre-employment tests (1992)” by P.Roth and J.Campion which highlighted the importance of pre – interview employment interviews.
Empirical support for psychometric tests
Studies have shown that candidates who perform well in psychometric tests and interviews are more likely to be effective workers and appropriate for the role they are applying for
The results of these studies have led to the rise in the number of large and small companies globally initiating psychometric testing on employment candidates
These tests will continue to grow in popularity as competition for jobs increases and jobs become harder to secure.