TESTING: HR PERSPECTIVE
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.
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.
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.
RELEVANCE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL
TESTING IN HR
• Reviewing the effectiveness
of attracting and retaining top talent with the help of psychological
• 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
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
Writer: Dr Jaideep kaur, I am working as a faculty
in Amity Business School in HR department. [email protected]