[IPAC-List] Measuring Fear of Heights

Wilkening, Kurt WilkeningK at HillsboroughCounty.ORG
Fri Jun 25 16:04:30 EDT 2010

I wonder if they give these power line maintenance folks a phobia test before hire? Heck, pilots, too.



Kurt Wilkening, Division Chief
Recruiting, Testing, and Certification
Hillsborough County Civil Service Board
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Subject: [IPAC-List] Measuring Fear of Heights

I thought this might be a good question to pose to the IPAC list, since I'm sure many of the firefighter selection experts out there have encountered this...

Does anyone do any type of assessment/test that measures someone's fear of heights? We have been grappling with this for a while. We have some positions at a few of our companies that require employees to climb externally mounted stairs to the top of storage tanks (up to 200 feet). We've considered a pre-employment assessment where we simply ask candidates to actually perform this task. However, the concern for safety has always been a barrier.

Any thoughts/advice/experiences would be greatly appreciated.

Kevin Reindl
Sr. People Research Advisor
San Diego Gas & Electric
Human Resources
8306 Century Park Court, CP41A
San Diego, CA 92123-1530
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