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The Psychological testing is a field characterized by the use of samples of behavior in order to assess psychological construct such as cognitive and emotional functioning, about a given individual.

Psychological testing is a process that involves the integration of information from multiple sources, such as tests of normal and abnormal personality, tests of ability or intelligence, tests of interests or attitudes and so on.The Psychological testing assists us in placement decisions, treatment planning, diagnosing and evaluating the overall personality of the individuals and facilitates them for a better future.

A psychological testing in context to HR helps us in a procedure that uses multiple assessment techniques to evaluate employees for a variety of manpower purposes and decisions. It focuses on providing information on the individual’s current and potential competence to perform a job successfully. It squarely focusses on the behavior that an individual demonstrates and should ideally demonstrate. It helps elicit personal and capability information and data on people to help make more informed decisions and encourages greater objectivity in decisions pertaining particularly to career, potential and succession planning.


It enables to effectively and efficiently hire new, smarter recruits given the war for talent. A psychological testing in context to HR consists of a standardized evaluation of behavior based on multiple inputs obtained through tools & techniques.

It helps in recruitment and selection, retain talent and reduce turnover and performance management.



• Reviewing the effectiveness of attracting and retaining top talent with the help of psychological testing.

• To give insights into the process of aligning human resources with the need to develop capability and chart out the differences between the superior and average performers of an organization including identifying and developing technical, managerial, business, functional and behavioral competencies of an employee in reference to psychological testing.

• To analyze and develop the managerial competencies with respect to industry demands.

The psychological tests are used in different aspects to measure the overall personality of the individual. The tests include IQ test, EQ Test, Attitude, aptitude, stress, anxiety, and personality tests.

Relevance of these tests - Attitude test helps in assessing an individual's feelings about an event, person, or object. Attitude scales are used in marketing to determine individual (and group) preferences for brands, or items. It will help in judging the attitude of the employee towards organization and job satisfaction.

The IQ test acts as a measure of intelligence and achievement tests measure the use and development of an ability. The intelligence test assists HR professionals in predicting the performance of an individual in virtually any job.


Next, the responses of an individual are compared with the evaluations made by successful employees in the relevant position. These measures may prove to be highly valuable tools for predicting team playing or other interpersonal skills.

Psychological measures of personality are used for assessing the inner personality of the individual as TAT and sentence completion test. These tests help in evaluating the inner traits that predicts future perspective of the employee. It also measures conscientiousness, openness to experiences, how extrovert a person is, emotional stability, agreeableness, integrity, predicting teamwork, responsibility, and integrity on the job.

Stress test is a form of test that is used to determine the stability of a given system or entity. It involves testing beyond normal operational capacity, often to a breaking point, in order to observe the results. Anxiety test helps us to measure the psychological condition in which a person experiences distress before, during, or after a test or other assessment to such an extent that this anxiety causes poor performance or interferes with normal learning.

The role of psychological testing plays a vital role in the organization which helps the company in right selection and retaining the employee thus building the long term relationship with the organization and enhances organization effectiveness.

Contributing Writer:  Dr Jaideep kaur, I am working as a faculty in Amity Business School in HR department. [email protected]

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