Just when you thought that employers had thought of everything, now there is a new pre-employment test that identifies individuals whose minds might wander while they are on the job. The test developer, Professor Nilli Lavie, of University College London, said that her psychometric test could help weed out people who could be a risk in jobs such as pilots and bus drivers.
Psychometric testing reveals a lot about character traits among potential employees. As a result, many large companies are especially interested in using these tests before hiring someone.
This particular psychometric test relies on a series of similar letter puzzles that are flashed on a computer screen, measuring the response time for each one. Irrelevant numbers and letters also appeared on the edges of the screen in an attempt to distract the volunteer.
“Distraction at work can have serious implications — it is known to be associated with a higher risk of being involved in various types of accidents,” said Lavie. “There are many areas where productivity critically depends on the ability of staff to stay focused.”
I understand that certain jobs should use such tests, but as a job seeker, I have found that the number of irrelevant and invasive personality tests and checks and whatnot go far beyond mere job safety and performance, having become downright invasive and, in my opinion, vindictive — meant to justify keeping the unemployed trapped in menial, tedious, low-paying jobs or left without any job at all. In my opinion, a potential employer should be required by law to reveal which particular tests they are using, what they are testing for, and they then must be required to destroy all test results upon making a hiring decision, regardless of whether or not they decide to hire the recruit. Something tells me this is not the current practice.