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The application of psychometric tests in human resource management

R. P. van der Merwe
South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences | Vol 3, No 2 | a2612 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v3i2.2612 | © 2018 R. P. van der Merwe | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 July 2018 | Published: 30 June 2000

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R. P. van der Merwe, Department of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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Psychometric tests are widely used as aids in occupational decisions, including the selection and classification of human resources. Recent and ongoing developments in South African labour legislation, especially the implications of the Employment Equity Act, highlight once again the importance of validating all instruments used for assessment and selection purposes. This is a follow-up study, reporting on an investigation into psychometric testing in industry today. Information was gathered to establish which psychometric tests are presently used, and for what purpose. Biographical information on each company concerned is supplied, including the number of employees. The role of psychometric tests in the selection procedure is discussed, as well as the levels at which the tests were applied. The various tests used, as well as the users, are indicated, and comments, recommendations and shortcomings discussed.

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