Testing and Assessment: An Employer’s Guide to Good Practices

Testing and Assessment: An Employer's Guide to Good Practices

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

While there are any number of reasons to use assessments, there are just as many naysayers who rely on gut feel or intuition to make their hiring, coaching, development and training decisions.

To those gifted individuals who never make a mistake, that always get it right, we wish you all the best! And we are extremely jealous!

We need as much information as we can gather, quickly and efficiently, to help us make a more informed decision concerning these incredibly important decisions.

And while we still don’t get it right every time, the percentage of success climb as we utilize the various tools at our disposal.

For those of you that fall into our category, we are here to help.

Please email or call us with questions and comments and we will do our best to support your efforts. Or we will at least point you in a direction that might lead to a better result.

The link below will bring you to a guide we found on O*net from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration that provide a starting point with solid guidelines specific to assessments.




In today’s competitive marketplace and complex legal environment, employers face the challenge of attracting, developing, and retaining the best employees. Michael Eisner, CEO of the Disney Corporation, recognized the impact of personnel decisions on a business’ bottom-line when he remarked, “My inventory goes home every night.”

This Guide is designed to help managers and human resource (HR) professionals use assessment practices to reach their organizations’ HR goals. It conveys the essential concepts of employment testing in easy-to-understand terms so that managers and HR professionals can:

  • Evaluate and select assessment tools/procedures that maximize chances for getting the right fit between jobs and employees.
  • Administer and score assessment tools that are the most efficient and effective for their particular needs.
  • Accurately interpret assessment results.
  • Understand the professional and legal standards to be followed when conducting personnel assessment.

We hope you find the guide and our site useful in your efforts!

Dave and Beth Haddox


Employment Tests and Selection Procedures

Employers often use tests and other selection procedures to screen applicants for hire and employees for promotion. There are many different types of tests and selection procedures, including cognitive tests, personality tests, medical examinations, credit checks, and criminal background checks.

The use of tests and other selection procedures can be a very effective means of determining which applicants or employees are most qualified for a particular job. However, use of these tools can violate the federal anti-discrimination laws if an employer intentionally uses them to discriminate based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, disability, or age (40 or older). Use of tests and other selection procedures can also violate the federal anti-discrimination laws if they disproportionately exclude people in a particular group by race, sex, or another covered basis, unless the employer can justify the test or procedure under the law.

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