Preemployment Honesty Testing: Current Research and Future Directions

Preemployment Honesty Testing: Current Research and Future Directions

Preemployment Honesty Testing: Current Research and Future Directions

Preemployment Honesty Testing: Current Research and Future Directions

Synopsis

This work presents a thorough overview of preemployment honesty tests and the alternatives available to polygraph examinations. Jones offers a summary of guidelines to be used for honesty testing programs in business, covering such topics as theft, drug use, violence, and accidents. The book's four major sections detail the 40-year history of honesty testing, including research showing that the use of honesty tests yields a meaningful return-on-investment; the state-of-the-art in research and testing; future directions in preemployment testing; and practical information for companies seeking to implement integrity testing.

Excerpt

This book presents some of the most current research on preemployment honesty tests, psychological inventories designed to predict employee theft and other counterproductivity (e.g., illicit drug use, vandalism, accidents). the use of paper-and-pencil honesty tests, also referred to as integrity tests, to select a dependable work force spans more than 40 years. Comprehensive reviews of integrity testing practices are available (O'Bannon,Goldinger &Appleby, 1989; Sackett,Burris &Callahan, 1989). This book reviews some of the major trends in integrity testing practices.

More research that clearly documents the incidents of employee theft and other counterproductivity is being conducted. For example, although the exact amount of employee theft needs to be confirmed through basic applied research, both security researchers and human resource professionals widely accept the existence of costly amounts of worker theft. Table 1 summarizes some of the major base- rate research, which clearly documents the business necessity of preemployment honesty tests.

Companies interested in purchasing preemployment honesty tests seek to control more than just employee theft. the trend is toward the use of multidimensional integrity test batteries over single-purpose honesty tests. Single-purpose tests measure only job applicants' propensity for theft of company cash, merchandise, property, and information. Multidimensional integrity test batteries typically contain an honesty scale but also test scales that help companies control . . .

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