Model Guidelines for Preemployment Integrity Testing: An Overview
JOHN W. JONES, DAVID ARNOLD, AND WILLIAM G. HARRIS
Companies use preemployment integrity tests to screen out potentially theft- prone job applicants, while selecting in the most dependable and productive applicants. Several recent independent reviews of paper-and-pencil integrity tests by personnel psychologists ( O'Bannon, Goldinger & Appleby, 1989; Sackett, Burris & Callahan, 1989) indicate that professionally developed integrity tests are job relevant, yield useful levels of validity, and are fair to protected minority groups.
To ensure proper use of integrity testing programs, the Association of Personnel Test Publishers (APTP) published the Model Guidelines for Preemployment Integrity Testing Programs ( APTP, 1990), developed by some of the leading experts in the field of psychological testing and personnel law. Industrial psychologists, lawyers, and human resource professionals contributed to these guidelines, along with representatives from psychological test publishers, test user groups, and leading universities. Over 90 percent of the 20-person APTP task force on integrity testing practices are also members of the American Psychological Association.
The Model Guidelines are to be used in conjunction with other legal and professional standards governing employment testing in American businesses.____________________