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Big Idea 181 is PsychometricsPsychometrics is the science of measuring mental capacities and processes, the tests compare an individual's performance with others and show the relatively strong and weak areas within a person.
Heavily favoured by employers particularly those with North American tendencies Psychometric testing is derided by some as a means to apply a quasi-scientific analysis to pseudo-psychological (low cost) tests - HR professionals are keen to make the point that there are no correct answers but it is clear that some traits are more desirable than others, so the question occurs can you be trained to give the 'right' answers?
Consistent psychometric tests look at three basic areas:
1) Abilities: people's capacity to work with numbers, words, diagrams and systems
2) Attainment: what people actually know about an area
3) Personality: how people are typically likely to act.
This can cover a wide range of aspects from motivations and values to indicate how they might react to authority and their inherent integrity.
Tests are meant to indicate attributes that include emotional intelligence, leadership, and how people think - areas that are directly related to particular jobs. Companies can assess their people to obtain an organisational profile which shows how well your teams work and what particular skills they lack as well as who is going to fit in to various teams.
Francis Galton (1822-1911), who was something of a renaissance man first initiated systematic testing and it's not just about the inkblots!