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The Psychometrics Centre

Cambridge Judge Business School

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.

To find out more, or to order Giotto online, go to

NOTE: Giotto is a restricted test. 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.

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