Psychological Testing: A complete guide to using and surviving the most popular recruitment and career development tests

Psychological Testing: A complete guide to using and surviving the most popular recruitment and career development tests

by Stephanie Jones


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Psychological Testing: A complete guide to using and surviving the most popular recruitment and career development tests by Stephanie Jones

Both private and public sector organisations, and both employers and recruitment agencies, use psychological selection tests as part of their recruitment processes. Worldwide, and especially in electronic formats, these tests are increasingly used for speeding-up, standardising and professionalising the task of putting the right people in the right jobs.
'Psychological Testing' is an easy-to-follow guide to the most popular selection tests on the market. It takes a broad, international perspective and explores developments in web-based testing services, which have revolutionised the industry.
This book seeks to answer all your key questions, including:
For employers, recruiting consultancies and agencies:
- What are the benefits of using psychological testing for your organisation?
- Which kinds of tests are available and how should they be used?
- What are the specific applications for each of the tests, and their advantages and disadvantages?
- What is good - and bad - practice in test usage in recruitment?
- Can these tests also be used for subsequent employee deployment and development, such as creating teams, training needs analysis, and career-planning?
For employees and job-seekers:
- What happens if you are required to take a selection test?
- What will these tests reveal about you?
- What do previous test-takers think about each of these tests?
- How can you prepare for the process of testing generally?
- How can you overcome test phobia, fear of the unknown and a feeling of intrusion?
With detailed information on numerous tests, 'Psychological Testing' is your invaluable handbook, whichever side of the desk you're on.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781906659608
Publisher: Harriman House Publishing
Publication date: 08/10/2010
Series: Harriman Business Essentials Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dr Stephanie Jones is Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Maastricht School of Management, and also acts as Academic Co-ordinator for Doctoral Programmes. She gained her PhD from University College London and Bachelor's degree from the London School of Economics.
She has taught on the MBA program of MSM in Maastricht, Kuwait, Egypt, Yemen, China, Vietnam, Rwanda, Ghana, Malawi, Suriname, Peru and Kazakhstan.
Dr Jones previously managed consulting (including recruiting) and training businesses in the UK, Hong Kong, China, India, Australia and Dubai. She has also taught for the Universities of Exeter, Cranfield and Leicester of the UK.
Dr Jones has authored more than 25 books on business and management, including on the subjects of psychology, leadership, culture, recruitment, career development and expatriation.
When not travelling around the world teaching, she spends her time researching and writing from her holiday home and boat in Malta.

Table of Contents

About the Author v

Preface to the Second Edition, 2010 vii

Preface to the First Edition, 1993 ix

Foreword Beatrice van der Heijden Radboud xiii

Introduction 1

Which test? 4

How to use the test summaries 6

Presentation of the test summaries 7

Psychology at work 12

The theories behind occupational psychology 14

Warning for potential users 15

What tests say about an employer 16

The acceptability of psychological tests 18

Matching people to company cultures 20

Glossary 23

Insights and Perspectives 35

Users' perspectives 39

Testers' perspectives 47

Testers' perspectives 51

A professional, academic psychologist's perspective 55

A note on computer-based and online testing - how can accuracy be ensured? 57

The Tests 63

Bortner Type A Questionnaire 65

PAPI - The Personality and Preference Inventory 75

MBTI® or Myers Briggs Type Indicator® 85

16PF® 97

15FQ+ 105

OPQ 32 113

Motivation Questionnaire 127

FIRO-B® or Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation -B? 137

TKI or Thomas-Kilmann Mode of Conflict Instrument 151

Raven's Progressive Matrices 165

Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal 175

DMT 181

Belbin's Team Role Model Tests 191

Woodcock's Team Development Approach: an Alternative to Belbin 209

Global Competence Aptitude Assessment 211

Further Reading 221

Useful Websites and Contact Details 227

Index 229

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