Screening Out Crooks
seems like the fraud-fighters dream - an effective method of ensuring that
people with low integrity are not hired by your organisation.
according to a study integrity testing as part of the hiring process is
remarkably effective in screening out low integrity individuals.
Ones, Chockalingam Viswesvaran and Frank Schmidt have published a report
in the Journal of Applied Psychology
which is surprising and could be useful to managers.
researchers analysed over forty tests and data reporting on test results
of over half a million testees.
found that these tests are good indicators of low integrity staff.
incredulously, the authors report that many individuals will answer
honestly a question such as: "Please indicate the total amount of
money you have stolen in your last job".
is reported that low integrity individuals seem to believe that
"everybody does it" and therefore admit to their own misdeeds.
seems they also suspect that their track records are known to prospective
employers, and admit to what they have done in their previous jobs.
report is certainly interesting and it would be worthwhile for researchers
to see to what extent it is applicable to Australia.
without Australian research, human resources areas might find it valuable
to adapt and implement this approach.
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