On Assessments

An article in a recent edition of the Globe & Mail looks at the increasing number of companies that are using personality assessments during the hiring process. There is little validity to using this type of assessment as a screening tool but that will not deter companies who are in many cases just as susceptible to marketing as individuals are.

As the Globe article points out there is a cultural component to this which often gets ignored.

The potential for discrimination is also a concern, especially given the diversity of Canada’s work force. The language can be confusing to someone who’s still learning English, and cultural differences may also skew the results, Prof. Rothstein says.

Here is an example of a local job ad that has a link to an assessment that seems particularly useless as far as these types of tests go.