Research into human performance makes clear that the best predictor of future performance is past performance. Rather than asking a candidate how they "would" do the job, you can find how they have done the job in the past, or, better yet, have them demonstrate the ability to perform the job using a simulation.
Work sample tests are a type of job simulation that requires applicants to perform tasks or work activities that mirror or sample the tasks employees perform on the job, such as a typing test for administrative assistants or coding challenges for software programmers.
Another type of work sample test is known as a Physical Ability Test (PAT). PATs are tests that measure an applicant's ability to perform the physical parts of the job such as lifting boxes for warehouse workers, performing the physical activities of firefighters or police officers, as well as other physical labor-intensive jobs.
Biddle Consulting Group has a great deal of experience helping clients develop valid and defensible work sample tests. We can help your organization develop work-sample and/or physical-ability tests in a way that is designed to address the requirements of the federal Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures, which are the guidelines the courts and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission follow when reviewing the validity of work-sample and physical ability tests used by employers.
Biddle also offers a software tool called PAVE that dynamically creates a physical ability test event and simultaneously creates a validation report. We can certify your employees so they can develop PATs for your organization.
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