Have you ever had to take a survey before you were granted an interview at a potential place of employment?
Today, companies of all types and sizes are utilizing surveys, and administering them quickly, easily, and often cheaply to help find individuals best suited for their workplaces.
According to Rob Ployhart, a researcher with the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, surveys of potential employees can be helpful when it comes to the hiring process.
Ployhart believes while there are no right or wrong answers when it comes to workplace traits of a potential employee, surveys can can be a good predictor of how that individual would function in the workplace setting.
One thing to keep in mind, however, is that businesses using these types of surveys need to be able to specifically point to the reliability and validity of these surveys. If employers cannot easily talk about the aspects of these surveys that give them high degrees of reliability and validity, the survey is most likely poor in its structure. Well-designed surveys developed by knowledgable professionals can provide excellent insight, while poorly crafted surveys can lead to legal liabilities for employers.
Since these types of surveys are growing in popularity, there are many companies such as Kansas City, MO.-based Culture Index that specialize in creating these types of surveys. Culture Index specifically create short and simple surveys for employers, as well as provide training on how to interpret the results of these surveys.
For companies, these surveys can cost as little as $5 per candidate, to as much as $100 or so per candidate.
So, would YOU feel comfortable taking one of these surveys?
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