Re: tests

Subject: Re: tests
From: Stephen Arrants <arrants -at- BRIGHTWARE -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 9 Dec 1996 15:05:57 -0800

On Monday, December 09, 1996 2:58 PM, Peggy
Schillinger[SMTP:peggys -at- STLNET -dot- COM] wrote:
>> It seems that there is a large body of law devoted to the issue of bias
>> and exclusionary skills testing. The HR group demanded absolute control
>> over any tests administered by the company, even including typing and
>> transcribing tests used for clerical applicants. Companies that test
>> applicants and then try to use the results to affect the hiring decision
>> are asking for lawsuits and evidently are vulnerable to discrimination
>> charges.
>>
>> The EEOC has strong guidelines for applicant tests.
>>
When I worked at Autodesk, I *had* to take the writing test about five
months after I'd been working at the company. I'd already worked on a
couple of projects that shipped. The HR/legal folks insisted on the
test. If one candidate had to take the test, ALL had to take it--even if
they'd been hired and working for the company. Whether the tests were
'graded' was something else....

steve


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