Personality test aims to guard against over-familiarity

A new psychometric test developed by human resources consultancy cdaq could help IT directors select potential employees.

A new psychometric test developed by human resources consultancy cdaq could help IT directors select potential employees.

The test will challenge established personality trait models as the most effective means of assessing potential recruits and current employees.

Caroline Dunk of cdaq said more than 60% of all employers used some form of psychometric testing but that many of the existing tests had become over-familiar to candidates. In response to the increasing demand for something new and relevant, the market had seen an influx of poorly designed and validated tests, she said.

Peter Blenkin, deputy general manager of information services at retailer United Co-operatives, said the cdaq tests did have a practical and important function in IT recruitment.

"I have taken one myself and we have used them to provide additional information when recruiting," he said. "Sometimes people tend to try to second-guess what they think the expected results are. The tests have benefits certainly and are useful for career guidance."

www.cdaq.co.uk

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