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New science may extend psychometric job testing
Friday, 01 June 2007
New scientific research may extend the remit of psychometric job testing so that it is able to test how easily a potential employee becomes distracted from their work.
The innovative method has been developed by Professor Nilli Lavie, of University College London, and is set to gain popularity in areas where long periods of concentration is critical.
Professor Lavie's new program involves a computer-based test which measures reaction times and accuracy as random number and letter distractions appear on screen in an attempt to put participants off.
Writing in the journal Psychological Science, Professor Lavie said "This test could act as another form of psychometric testing for employers who want to know how focused the staff they are hiring are likely to be.
"There are many areas where productivity critically depends on the ability of staff to stay focused, yet current psychometric tests do not measure it."
Psychometric job testing techniques have gained wide popularity in the UK in recent years, with large companies often especially keen to use such checks.