How Reliable Are Pre-Employment Tests?

How Reliable Are Pre-Employment Tests?

Since the polygraph test is mostly not allowed, employers use other tests to screen the pool of their potential and current employees. Those other tests are usually paper and pencil honesty tests that are much cheaper and simpler to administer. The most well-known paper and pencil honesty test is the Reid Report, which is widely used in the U.S. for the last 70 years. The test’s dimensions of measurement include integrity attitudes (reaction toward dishonest acts of others), social behavior (admission of former missteps), substance use (admission of illegal substance use), and work background (previous work experience and trends). Supplemental dimensions of measurement may include such things as sociability, optimism […]

Pre-Employment Tests: What Is Lie Detector and If It’s Legal?

Pre-Employment Tests: What Is Lie Detector and If It’s Legal?

Employers use different tests to screen prospective employees. One of the most notorious tests is a lie detector or polygraph test. A lie detector test combines interrogation methods with physiological measurements to obtain information. The polygraph equipment usually records such phenomena as respiration, heart rate, blood pressure while a candidate is responding to a series of “yes/no” questions. As a result you have a so-called polygraph chart that is interpreted by specialists to reveal deception. The problem with lie detector is that it does not detect deception in any direct manner, but rather measures certain physiological responses that are supposed to be stronger if somebody is lying. The polygraph test […]