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Testing People at Work: Competencies in Psychometric Testing / Edition 1

Testing People at Work: Competencies in Psychometric Testing / Edition 1

by Mike Smith, Pam SmithMike Smith
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Testing People at Work is an authoritative, practical text on selection and assessment. It explains psychometric testing in occupational settings and also covers other methods of selection such as assessment centres and e-selection. The book systematically covers all the topics required for the BPS Certificates of Competence in Testing Levels A and B.

  • Designed for students taking selection and assessment courses.
  • Covers the whole process of testing, from job analysis to reporting results.
  • Uses new theoretical frameworks for the topics of personality and motivation.
  • Features an extensive discussion of ethics in selection and assessment.
  • Includes questions testing understanding and suggestions for further reading.
  • Incorporates many tables and diagrams giving practical help to users of psychometric tests.
  • Accompanied by supplementary online material, at

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405108188
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/21/2005
Pages: 440
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

Mike Smith is based at Manchester Business School. His previous publications include Personnel Selection and Assessment: Individual and Organisational Perspectives (co-edited, 1993), Advances in Selection and Assessment (co-edited, 1993) and Analysing Organisational Behaviour (edited, 1991).

Table of Contents



1. Competence in Occupational Testing.

Part I Preparation for Testing:.

2. Job Analysis and Person Specifications.

3. Introduction to Intelligence & Cognitive Ability.

4. Introduction to Personality.

5. Introduction to Motives (Needs, Interest and Values).

6. Attracting Applicants.

Part II Psychometrics.

7. Basic Statistics 1.

8. Basic Statistics 2.

9. Sensitivity of Selection Measures.

10. Standard Error and Reliability.

11. Validity.

12. Bias of Measures.

13. Calculating the Sterling Value of Selection (utilities analysis).

Part III Assessment Tools.

14. Choice of Selection Methods.

15. Psychometric Tests 1.

16. Psychometric Tests 2.

17. e-Selection.

18. Other Scientific Methods of Selection.

19. Assessment Centres.

Part IV Using Tests.

20. Test Administration.

21. Norms and Profiles.

22. Interpreting Scores.

23. Face-to-face Feedback.

24. Written Reports.

25. Telephone Feedback.

26. Ethics and Data Protection.


Author Index.

Occupation Index.

Subject Index.

Tests and Measures Index

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