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Graduate employers continue to increase scope of psychometric testing
Tuesday, 03 July 2007
A raft of new technological advances means that more and more graduate employers are using sophisticated psychometric testing techniques to sort through candidates for positions within their companies.
Psychometric testing has become increasingly in vogue for many of the UK's biggest graduate employers as they seek to more conclusively cut candidate numbers from the growing number of graduates applying for positions. Recent popular innovations have included tests which determine people's levels of concentration and dedication, as well as their particular suitability to any one job.
"People are realising you can use online recruitment in more sophisticated ways, to look at things such as motivation and particular competencies," Ceri Roderick, head of assessment at occupational psychologists Pearn Kandola, told the Times.
Dr Sandi Mann, senior lecturer in occupational psychology at the University of Central Lancashire, added her thoughts on what employers tend to look for with psychometric tests.
"Employers are not usually looking for sinister things, although in some circumstances they might look to see if somebody is stable and not likely to become unstable - perhaps in a job with the police or one that involves working with children or on sensitive issues," she said.
"They might also look for evidence that someone is less than honest with certain lie detector questions. People more concerned with creating a good impression are more reluctant to admit to normal things like telling the occasional lie."