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Psychological Testing

The essential guide to using and surviving the most popular recruitment and career development tests

By Stephanie Jones

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Psychological Testing

The essential guide to using and surviving the most popular recruitment and career development tests

By Stephanie Jones

Jacket text

Both private and public sector organisations, and both employers and recruitment agencies, use psychological selection tests as part of their recruitment processes. Worldwide, and especially in electronic formats, these tests are increasingly used for speeding-up, standardising and professionalising the task of putting the right people in the right jobs.

‘Psychological Testing’ is an easy-to-follow guide to the most popular selection tests on the market. It takes a broad, international perspective and explores developments in web-based testing services, which have revolutionised the industry.

This book seeks to answer all your key questions, including:

For employers, recruiting consultancies and agencies:

– What are the benefits of using psychological testing for your organisation?
– Which kinds of tests are available and how should they be used?
– What are the specific applications for each of the tests, and their advantages and disadvantages?
– What is good – and bad – practice in test usage in recruitment?
– Can these tests also be used for subsequent employee deployment and development, such as creating teams, training needs analysis, and career-planning?

For employees and job-seekers:

– What happens if you are required to take a selection test?
– What will these tests reveal about you?
– What do previous test-takers think about each of these tests?
– How can you prepare for the process of testing generally?
– How can you overcome test phobia, fear of the unknown and a feeling of intrusion?

With detailed information on numerous tests, ‘Psychological Testing’ is your invaluable handbook, whichever side of the desk you’re on.

About the author

Dr Stephanie Jones is Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Maastricht School of Management, and also acts as Academic Co-ordinator for Doctoral Programmes. She gained her PhD from University College London and Bachelor's degree from the London School of Economics.

She has taught on the MBA program of MSM in Maastricht, Kuwait, Egypt, Yemen, China, Vietnam, Rwanda, Ghana, Malawi, Suriname, Peru and Kazakhstan.

Dr Jones previously managed consulting (including recruiting) and training businesses in the UK, Hong Kong, China, India, Australia and Dubai. She has also taught for the Universities of Exeter, Cranfield and Leicester of the UK.

Dr Jones has authored more than 25 books on business and management, including on the subjects of psychology, leadership, culture, recruitment, career development and expatriation.

When not travelling around the world teaching, she spends her time researching and writing from her holiday home and boat in Malta.

Media coverage

From Jobsite:

If I was to say to you ?Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Analysis?, or ?Belbin Team Roles? you may think I was talking a foreign language! But these are just two of several psychological tests that are commonly employed by companies and headhunters around the country as part of their recruitment process. Psychological tests are becoming… Read more »

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From My Wonderful Life Coach:

Psychological Testing – The essential guide to using & surviving the most popular recruitment and career development tests – Stephanie Jones Reviewed by Valerie Dwyer – Serial Entrepreneur, Coach, Mentor, Inspirational Speaker, founder of My Wonderful Life Coach?, Everything is Possible?, and other enterprises. People are one of the biggest business investments. So, if… Read more »

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The good, the bad and the ugly: A review of job candidate experiences of psychological testing- The British Psychological SocietyMarch 2011

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Interview Tips: Survive Psychological Testing- Jobsite2nd September 2010

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“It delivers an invaluable working understanding for Boards, ?HR?, management, leaders, team builders, students, career developers and much more…comprehensive…a useful learning tool…highly recommended.”- My Wonderful Life Coach30th July 2010

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Preface to the First Edition, 1993
Preface to the Second Edition, 2010
Foreword, by Professor Beatrice van der Heijden
Radboud University Nijmegen, Open University of the Netherlands and University of Twente

- Which test?
- How to use the test summaries
- Presentation of the test summaries
- Psychology at work
- The theories behind occupational psychology
- Warning for potential users
- What tests say about an employer
- The acceptability of psychological tests
- Matching people to company cultures


Insights and Perspectives
- Users' perspectives
- Testers' perspectives
- Testees' perspectives
- A professional, academic psychologist's perspective
- A note on computer-based and online testing - how can accuracy be ensured?

The Tests
- Bortner Type A Questionnaire
- PAPI - The Personality and Preference Inventory
- MBT(R) or Myers Briggs Type Indicator(R)
- 16PF(R)
- 15 FQ+
- OPQ 32
- Motivation Questionnaire
- FIRO-B(R) or Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation - Bâ?¢
- TKI or Thomas-Kilmann Mode of Conflict Instrument
- Raven's Progressive Matrices
- Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal
- Belbin's Team Role Model Tests
- Woodcock's Team Development Approach: an Alternative to Belbin
- Global Competence Aptitude Assessment

Further Reading
Useful Websites and Contact Details

Published: 26/07/2010
Edition: 1st
Pages: 256
Formats: paperback - ISBN 9781906659608
ebook - ISBN 9780857191106
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