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Common Personnel Selection Techniques

Work sample test Test in which the applicant performs a selected set of actual tasks that are physically and/or psychologically similar to those performed on the job.
General Mental Ability test A test that measures the overall factor of intelligence as suggested by the positive correlations among specific intellectual ability dimensions. High GMA test low risk of counterproductive behavior.
Structured Interviews It requires that all interviewers ask the same set of questions to all applicants and are not allowed to use follow-up or probe questions, based on job analyses.
Job knowledge test Tests that assess the accuracy of the knowledge to master a specific job.
Job tryout procedure The performance on the job is observed and evaluated for a certain period of time
Integrity tests Selection devices designed to measure an applicant’s attitudes toward theft, dishonesty, drug use, and other counterproductive work behavior
Unstructured Interviews Few constraints on the questions asked and often consists of freeflowing exchanges between the interviewer and applicant. Not based on a job analysis and unlike the structured interview, follow-up and probe questions are encouraged.
Assessment centers Candidates are observed participating in such exercises as leaderless group discussions and business games. Various ability and personality tests are usually administered, and in-depth structured interviews are also part of most assessment centers.
Biodata Questionnaires with factual kinds of questions about life and work experiences, as well as items involving opinions, values, beliefs, and attitudes that reflect a historical perspective.
Reference check When an employer contacts a job applicant’s previous employers, schools, colleges, and other sources to learn more about his or her employment history, educational background, and qualifications for a job.
Vocational interests’ tests Assess preferences for certain types of work activities and environments
Graphology Analysis of the handwriting.
Created by: abbenard