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1 year ago

5 parameters a candidate should pass through while being evaluated on a Psychometric test

5 parameters a candidate should pass through while being evaluated on a Psychometric test

In today's global scenario, across industries, psychometric tests are widely used to help during recruitment and selection process, during appraisals and promotions, and in training and development of employees. Psychometric tests are objective and standardized tools and hence they help an employer create a level playing and fair field for all the employees that he may want to be assessed. It helps them compare different candidates and their strengths and weaknesses regardless of their backgrounds.

1. Basic Language Skills:

First and foremost the most basic requirement for any candidate to be evaluated on a psychometric test is that the candidate should know and be able to read and write the language that the test is in and should have at least basic working knowledge of it. If basic language skills are missing or are poor, this will defeat the purpose of the testing process completely.

2. Basic Comprehension:
It is also important to check whether the candidate has the basic comprehension skills. In other words, one needs to check whether he is able to understand the meaning of the test items and know how to answer the same. This can be done during the rapport building process if the testing is face to face. If it is an online assessment, a small Proforma taking demographic details which checks basic comprehension skills can be filled by the candidate. If it is found that the candidate does not have the necessary basic comprehension skills and would find it hard to understand the test items, testing can be stopped at that juncture itself.

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2 years ago

What’s Your Integrity?

What’s Your Integrity?

Increasingly, organizations are looking to hire not just employees having the right skills sets, right leadership potential and right capabilities, but also those who show high levels of integrity and commitment to the organization. Employee integrity has become a key phrase, as every organization today realizes that no matter what potential an individual brings to the organization, ultimately it is his conduct, his values and his approach that determines how much of that potential will benefit the organization!

So, that brings us to the crucial question: what is integrity? Everyone knows what integrity is; yet, no one can really define it precisely. Does it represent the value system of a person? Or his or her conduct? What about strength of character, is that also part of integrity? Surely, loyalty to the organization should also be part of the definition of integrity? So many questions! So few answers, really. Let us try to understand what integrity is all about.

Where professional life is concerned, Integrity essentially looks at how committed you are to your work and your organization. Of course, your ethical code of conduct, or the values you believe in, forms the foundation of your integrity. This ethical code helps form our work ethic, and decides with how much sincerity and honesty we approach our work.

Other aspects that are important in determining an employee’s integrity include:


Having a theoretical code of ethics that one believes in is one thing; however, how much does one abide by it? Self-control looks at precisely this – it is about much responsibility and seriousness you show toward your work, how much ownership you take not just for your work but for your conduct at your workplace. Thus, behaving in ways that are consistent with your values is an important aspect of your integrity.


It is common knowledge that employees can and do engage in counterproductive work behaviors. These include misusing official resources (be it stationery, electronics, vehicle, and most importantly, time!), spreading gossip about co-workers, superiors and the organization, spoiling the organization’s image and so forth. A conscientious employee is one who refrains from engaging in such behaviors, and thus shows high integrity.


Finally, a loyal and committed employee is an organization’s best brand ambassador. Thus, those who have a high sense of belongingness and connect with the organization are the one who will remain loyal, who will stand by the organization in good and bad times. Your sense of loyalty, how dependable you are forms an important aspect of your overall integrity.

So … While integrity is not easy to define or to measure, the above form the cornerstones of an individual’s integrity profile. Skills and competencies can be mastered with practice; integrity however, is very much a part of an individual’s internal sense of who he is and how he sees the world around him. Getting some sense of an individual’s integrity may well be worth the effort for every organization who believes that human resource is invaluable to its functioning.

Samindara Hardikar-Sawant
Clinical Psychologist,
Psychometrica | Disha