How Honesty Testing Works

By John B. Miner; Michael H. Capps | Go to book overview
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A company that sends its personnel into the homes of clients to provide care and medical treatment had never given thought to screening for honesty. Then an employee of the company murdered a patient while in the process of stealing money and valuables from a home to which she had been sent to provide assistance. The family of the murder victim brought suit against the company for negligence. Faced with the prospect of paying sizable damages, and now aware that this type of problem could well arise again in the future, the company began to look into ways of screening prospective employees to weed out those who might prove dishonest. Inquiries at other companies indicated that polygraph testing might have been considered several years ago, but with the passage of the Polygraph Protection Act of 1988 this was no longer an alternative. Thus the company settled on honesty testing of all candidates for jobs which involved going into client homes.
Honesty tests are paper-and-pencil instruments (or sometimes computerized versions of such instruments) that are intended to provide an indication of how honest a person is. The terms "honesty test" and "integrity test" are often used interchangeably, although the integrity label covers a somewhat broader range of behaviors. The fact is that neither designation is entirely appropriate. To understand what is involved one has to go to the items themselves to see what factors they consider.Study of a number of instruments yields the following list of factors:
Dishonesty and untrustworthiness
Substance abuse (both drugs and alcohol)


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