An introduction to psychometrics
Psychometrics is a scientific field focused on measuring the psychological. The specially designed tests give people the opportunity to learn more about the motivations behind certain behaviours and can provide a genuine insight into overall aptitude, especially in the workplace.
Psychometric tests are a means to investigating and evaluating the human mind.
Typically presented in the form of multiple choice questions and answers, they are designed to identify characteristics and abilities quickly and objectively. They can be concentrated on deciphering ability or personality, with altering circumstances for either. World famous examples of assessments include the Myers-Briggs personality types and Stanford-Binet intelligence scales.
For businesses, these tests can be useful in numerous ways. They can use psychometric assessments to discover more about people and what makes them work. In terms of ongoing recruitment or employee retention, they enable companies to look beyond refined CVs and establish genuine insights into people.
Why do companies use them?
Psychometric measures can complement standard recruitment and hiring processes with a wealth of additional information. Establishing an understanding of a person’s suitability via psychological measures, never mind at the start of the hiring process, can ensure candidate quality and company culture are maintained and reinforced with every hire.
A CV may say the candidate works well as part of a team, but a psychometric test can investigate this claim more methodically. If you’re looking for a customer orientated extrovert to join a sales team or a creative and decisive person who is adept at working with data, a psychometric test can help you find one.
They can be used to pick up on everything from resilience and tolerance through to arithmetic ability and deductive reasoning. The results pinpoint strengths and weaknesses that can be consulted to make sure you hire who you need, not just somebody who has thoroughly prepared for an interview and put a sharp CV together.
Usage is increasing in the UK in areas ranging from the treatment of mild mental disorder to organisational selection. Growing use in China, India, the Middle East and Eastern Europe is feeding back new approaches to human measurement.(www.psychometrics.cam.ac.uk/news/news.30)