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Sometimes when selecting an employer, a company may use a test.  What are the pros and...

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granny54 | Student, College Freshman | Valedictorian

Posted June 20, 2013 at 7:02 AM via web

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Sometimes when selecting an employer, a company may use a test.  What are the pros and cons of using this method?

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:04 PM (Answer #1)

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This is a good question as hiring the right person is always an important challenge. 

The benefits of using tests are as follows. First, since the test is a standard test, all people who apply will be taking the test. This limits favoritism. Second, a test does measure specific things and may be a decent indicator of a person's potential. For this reason, you will get a sense of what the person is like. 

With this stated, there are also downsides in using a test. First, many tests are poorly constructed. Therefore, they are not great at measuring intelligence. Moreover, some intelligent people are not good test-takers. A great person may fall through the cracks. Finally, the opposite is also true. Some people who are less than intelligent and honest might score extremely well on a test. In this case you will be hiring the wrong person. 

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granny54 | Student , College Freshman | Valedictorian

Posted June 20, 2013 at 8:08 PM (Reply #1)

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I totally agree with you on that. I am a very intelligent person and honest to say to the least, but taking a test is not one of my better qualities.

What do you suggest other that taking a test that would bring in a good employee?

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