The Homer Simpson Guide To Psychometric Assessments
I'm not out of order! You're out of order! The whole freakin' system is out of order! You want the truth? You want the truth?! You can't HANDLE the truth!
This is precisely how Homer would react at the end of his personality assessment. Imagine Homer’s personality report. Here is how we think he would fare
Every employee is not as mighty a piece of work as Homer Simpson, but looking at the turn of events in the present Human resource management scenario,psychometric assessmentsin organizations, in Homer’s own words are “The future, unless we stop taking them now”. Here’s explaining some basic quips in psychometric testing, Homer Style:
Which is what most people say to escape the tedious task of taking a psychometric test. And which is by the way not true because
A)Not all psychometric tests are tediously long to take.
B)Not all tests are purported to measure the mental tenacity of an individual. At times we just want to get to know you better and “Nuts” is not a solid enough definition.
The common reaction to most abstract reasoning and critical thinking tests. Refer Raven’s Progressive Matrices-We have had people asking if they were expected to fill the absent tiles with colors. But the truth being,
A)Only a sparse few perform absolutely dismally in a good standardized reasoning test
B)Only the fewest of the few perform exceedingly well in such tests (Think megalomaniac geniuses in wheelchairs and tweed coats)
C)Most people in these tests perform well enough to fall in the average category of the bell curve.
Social desirability is the one weed in the flourishing field of psychometric testing which has been time and again plucked out with the help of modifications in item format, randomization etc. And the most exciting fact being, modern day assessments have internal checks and prebuilt response style monitors (even in large scale computerized ones) that can pretty much mock your moxie at the end of that long test you just fudged by telling you that your responses were socially desirable, acquiescent and/or ingenuine. So Meh! You better take that test again!
Yes, Psychometric Assessments do measure basic abilities like common sense.
Though psychological testing still largely comprises of personality typing, modern day assessments are shaping up to expertly adapt to the demands and challenges of organizational requirements.
Common sense (being not so common) is one such requirement which is extensively tested with the help of mind bendingly blatant verbal and nonverbal tests. And thanks to Homer, the familiarity of an individual with the “ANY” key has been measured more than once in such tests.
Which I take as nothing less than a personal insult from Homer. Imagine grave faced people hunched over computers, running endless rows of numbers, figures, algorithms and cumulative data through one of the world’s most complicated statistical softwares called SPSS to derive results; and by results imagine Inter correlations, Analysis of Variance, Regressions and other predictive analysis. That is what it takes to standardize our tests before we decide to make a proclamation of their credibility to the world. And by the devil, we do not call a test reliable unless we put them through such profound levels of analysis.
So conclusively, If I were to say it as Homer says it,