Integrity testing recognises that employers have a particular interest in how a candidate or employee is likely to behave on the job, rather than in more theoretical or abstract aspects of psychological theory. However, integrity is difficult to measure directly. Every interviewer knows the difficulty of getting straight answers from candidates about those aspects of their character or past behaviour of which they are less than proud. Giotto, first published in 1996, was the first of a new breed of integrity tests addressed to the wider HR market. Until now the paper-and-pencil version has been only available to a limited audience. TalentLens, the Human Resource arm of Pearson Assessment, has now launched an online version. It compliments their work based personality test Orpheus, now also available online.
Giotto is an integrity test particularly suited for use pre-interview. It can indicate the particular aspects of a candidate's work-based behaviour and attitudes that may benefit from further probing during the selection process. It uses a forced-choice format that helps to avoid the contaminating effects of a candidate lying or faking. It also makes use of state-of-the-art neural network techniques to unravel the complex nature of personal integrity as it relates to the workplace. Taken together, these factors help to provide a more accurate and reliable measure of a candidate's strengths and weaknesses across a total of 7 dimensions:
- Carelessness, accident proneness and mindlessness
- Lack of commitment, absenteeism and tardiness
- Proneness to violence, hostility and intimidation
- Disciplinary problems, subversion and intolerance
- Disrespect for senior managers, overbearing behaviour and arrogance
- Theft of company property, wasteful use of resources and failure to share
- Inability to cope with change, lack of self-confidence and anxiety.
Orpheus is a broad-spectrum work based test of personality that assesses sixteen traits, including the big five (Authority, Conformity, Fellowship, Emotion and Detail). It also contains seven scales that assess integrity in terms of individual strengths and styles along the following dimensions:
It additionally identifies irregular response patterns, such as 'answering in a socially desirable way' or 'faking good'. This helps to ensure a more accurate interpretation of scores. Orpheus provides a comprehensive measure of a candidate's personality, assessing traits that will contribute to his or her performance at work. An Orpheus report will answer the most important questions about both potential and current employees: How will they integrate into the team? How do they cope in stressful and demanding environments? Can they think for themselves? Will they really FIT into your organisation? To find out more, or to order Giotto or Orpheus online, go to TalentLens.co.uk
NOTE: Giotto and Orpheus are restricted tests. This means that The British Psychological Society and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development both require that users hold a Certificate of Competence in Occupational Testing (Level B) before being allowed to apply the tests within organisational settings for recruitment or staff development purposes. The Psychometrics Centre provides training courses for this certificate. Click here for details.