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Employers using tests at interview

Published: Wednesday, 21 May 2008   Category: Career Advice

More employers are turning to psychometric testing to determine the best job candidates, it has been claimed.

According to reports, exams, aptitude and personality tests are increasingly complimenting the role of the traditional CV and interview in the application process.

Rachel Middleton, manager of the British Psychological Society's testing centre, has suggested innovative interviewing methods are being used more often in the recruitment sector.

She said there are no guarantees employers will choose the right candidate for the job if they make selections based solely upon "normal procedures".

Graduates are specifically targeted by some of the tests, she added.

Introduced in the early part of the twentieth century for use in educational psychology, psychometric tests are nowadays most commonly used in the school system.

The British Psychological Society, the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK, has over 45,000 members nationwide.

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