[IPAC-List] : Use of integrity assessments in public sector

Shekerjian, Rene Rene.Shekerjian at cs.state.ny.us
Fri Jan 3 11:14:10 EST 2014

But these are in a much more concrete arena. These factors (below) are concrete, discrete, and measurable. I am much more comfortable with those sorts of variables. My experience in the public sector would lead me to believe that we do not use tests of integrity, conscientiousness, etc. because they are harder to defend. It may be a misperception on our part, but that is what I was told some years ago by a staff member who was involved in the psychometric community, and my limited readings since then would lead me to be very cautious with personality assessments, as much as I would like to be able to add them to our tests.

IO psychologists don't seem divided on the validity of cognitive tests. They do seem to be very divided on the validity of personality testing for employment selection. That is a red flag for me. Doesn't mean one side is right and the other is wrong, but the fact that there seems to be such a division is worrying.


René Shekerjian | Testing Services Division | NYS Department of Civil Service | 518-402-2660

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Subject: [IPAC-List] : Use of integrity assessments in public sector

Using the Employment incentory (EI), I have conducted validity studies for bus drivers (using criteria such as chargeable/non-chargeable accidents, workers' comp claims, absenteeism, etc. with excellent results. A similar study for nursing assistants also produced high validities.
I have also used measures of conscientiousness ( a more accurate nomenclature than integrity tests) for a relatively wide group of public sector positions including laborers and fire fighters.

Labelling people as "failing an integrity test" is problematic. Given conscientiousness's status as a big 5 personality characteristic - I prefer "demonstrating higher levels of conscientiousness".

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Happy 2014 to all!

I am curious about the group's thoughts about a question that was recently posed by a colleague regarding the use of integrity tests in the public sector. Integrity tests are used fairly broadly in the private sector for individuals applying for "positions of trust." However, neither of us were aware of their usage in the public sector (setting aside the use of psychological assessments for the selection of public safety officers which uses a different set of assessments much broader in scope ). Anyone have any thoughts or anecdata? Thanks-


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