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.
About the Author
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
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
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
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
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