Psychometric testing often misused in recruitment

Assessment tools not designed for recruitment shouldn't be used to select candidates
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/28/2004

Many assessment tools have been misused over the years when it comes to recruitment. Some organizations keen to screen applicants and find that hidden gem aren’t using psychometric testing properly and have been tempted to use personality tests, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), in applicant selection.

But that’s not what those tests were designed for, according to Shawn Bakker, a chartered psychologist at Psychometrics Canada, an Edmonton-based firm that specializes in providing test measures for personnel selection.

“You’ll probably find a lot of people who are tempted to use MBTI for a selection type of process,” he said. “But it’s not recommended to use that for personnel selection simply due to the way it works.”