Put his picture on your wall (Editor’s Notes)

Paul Flowers case a stand-out example of the problems with psychometric testing
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/12/2014

It’s easy to have a love-hate relationship with personality tests. On the one hand, they’re absolutely fascinating — who doesn’t like to find out detailed information about someone’s inner workings? And, even better, you can find out about your own strengths and weaknesses and what makes you tick.

But, on the other hand, there’s a lot of potential to misuse or misinterpret the results of psychometric testing. One of the best examples is found in one of this issue’s cover stories. (See “Aptitude tests not the final answer,” page 1.)

It outlines the almost unbelievable story of Paul Flowers, a Methodist minister turned bank chair who led a bank in the United Kingdom to a multibillion dollar capital shortfall and was ultimately forced to resign amidst allegations of buying illegal drugs.