Assessment Methods in Recruitment, Selection & Performance: by Robert Edenborough

By Robert Edenborough

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That it continues to command the attention of professional psychologist researchers probably reflects a ‘grain of truth’ argument. All manifestations of behaviour are linked to some extent. Handwriting patterns could be expected to reflect muscular tension, among other things. Muscular tension might well reflect a general anxiety level. However, the grain of truth fails to reveal itself in any adequate scientific demonstrations. The British Psychological Society (BPS, 2003) in a short briefing on graphology did leave the door open for further research to prove wrong the studies conducted to date, but for the moment there seems little justification for the use of graphology.

They also noted that, when the subjects of the studies were asked to copy standard scripts, rather than writing entirely freely, they did less well. This suggested that graphologists used the content of what 30 Assessment Methods was written in addition to the handwriting as such, though they did point out that some researchers saw their research design as potentially leading to an unnatural handwriting style, thereby limiting the scope for validity to be demonstrated. Their own studies included evaluation of graphological assessments of criteria against those emerging from an assessment centre.

Of the various fields discussed in this book that of psychometric assessment or testing is clearly the most standardized. ’ (The breadth of the definition is worth noting. ) Testing Explored 27 Many of those considering the value of the standardization offered by testing (eg Green, 1981; Eysenck, 1957) have almost immediately emphasized some of the issues and difficulties involved. The principal issues will be examined further in the course of this and the next few chapters. A number of them apply also to assessment centres and structured interviews, discussed later.

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