Understanding Validity and Reliability: 2 Critical Aspects of Employee Assessments
Profiles International is hosting their 21st Annual Global Conference this week in San Antonio. The five-day event, themed "Winning Together," brings together Profiles International clients, partners, and national directors from over 120 countries including the US.
One of the main highlights of the event is certification training conducted by Profiles International headquarters staff, in particular, the scientists responsible for designing our solutions.
At these sessions, hosted by Dr. Scott Hamilton and Dr. Ben Shaw, clients and partners receive in-depth training that outlines all elements of the science behind assessments. Attendees learn how to use the products for maximum impact in their own organizations for activities such as benchmarking their employees.
In developing and implementing assessments, there are strict rules and guidelines that must be followed. These are issued by government and professional associations, such as, The Association of Test Publishers and International Test Commissioners. These guidelines were established to ensure that all products are credible, reliable, and validated. Profiles International sees their job not only as creating and developing these assessments, but to certify all users (both clients and partners) and provide on-going support.
“Helping our clients improve their talent management decisions through use of assessments is one of the primary areas of our business,” said Bud Haney, president and founder of Profiles International. “We emphasize certification for those who use and administer our assessments because using them incorrectly can have very negative results. But if you know what you’re doing, the impact can be tremendous.”
- Validity is a key element to these solutions. When using assessments for making hiring decisions, it is crucial that the instrument is specifically aligned with job performance and requirements. Good, effective validity means that assessments can be used to select people, decide where issues lie, and focus on areas for further training and development of an individual.
Profiles International conducts studies over several years with clients across a variety of industries to establish predictive validity to ensure that the product produces the results that the client requires.
- Reliability is the second key factor in providing effective employee assessments. This outlines the consistency of an instrument doing what is required of it. Each scale and question in the assessment must meet the reliability standards with what the user is trying to measure.
“A well informed user with a valid and reliable product will have a significantly better result than someone who is casual about it,” said Dr. Scott Hamilton, PhD, Chief Research Officer of Profiles International.
Profiles International’s employees are passionate about sharing what their solutions can do for organizations and are actively researching new products and tools to assist organizations in effectively hiring, training and developing the right person for the right job.
Learn more about the certification process and the science behind employee assessments with Dr. Scott Hamilton.
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