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More employers using psychometric testing to tell graduates apart

Published: Tuesday, 10 July 2007   Category: Psychometric testing | Graduate Job sector Reports

An increased lack of certainly in the quality and uniformity of degrees is being offered at different universities is leading more and more top graduate employers to put their faith in innovative psychometric testing techniques instead.

Psychometric testing has been around for some years, but further recent technological advances have continued to increase the scope of what these tests can tell about a job candidate.

Now, figures released as part of the Association of Graduate Recruiters latest UK employment report show that, with an average of 29 well-qualified graduates fighting it out for one position, more and more companies are using psychometric testing to differentiate between candidates.

The AGR survey of more than 200 blue-chip companies found that 92 per cent now view these more personality-based tests as 'useful' or 'very useful' in their employee hunt, as so-called 'soft skills' - such as communication and decision-making - are becoming of increased priority for many firms.

"Research has shown that there is little consistency not only between the standard of degree awarded between universities but between subjects at the same university," commented Carl Gilleard, AGR chief executive.

"In this increasingly competitive global economy they [employers] want individuals who are going to grow within the organisation and make a difference and that is not always reflected in the class of degree," added Mr Gilleard.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18206607-ADNFCR

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