Excerpt from course description

Psychological testing in the work place


The course gives participants a basic introduction to how the tests can be used in the workplace, both in selection and development. There will be an introduction to the necessary statistical concepts and methods. Different selection methods and their reliability will be reviewed. As a background for understanding and predicting human behaviour, an introduction will be given to the most important approaches to personality and intelligence. The course will also examine the use of tests in practice, and illuminate the ethical aspects of test use. Passing the course will be required to attempt the certification exam at Det Norske Veritas (DNV) on the use of psychological tests in the workplace.

Course content

Basic statistical concepts and methods in recruitment and selection
Frequency distribution
Standardised scores
Measurement error and reliability
Requirements for psychological tests
Normalisation and adaptation
Individual differences
Measurement of human qualities and skills
Intelligence and skill tests
Normative, ipsative and partly ipsative tests
Personality tests
Motivation tests
360 degree evaluation
The recruitment process
Job analysis
Selection methods
Psychological testing and the recruitment process
Overview of psychological tests
Predicting behaviour based on test results
Feedback on the test results
Use of tests in personnel selection
Use of tests in development
Testing in practice
Administration of the testing process
Ethics in the use of psychological tests
Ensuring candidates rights
Storage of test materials and test results


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