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Spotting Thieves and Cheats During the Hiring Process

May 17, 2000
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Certainly any employer would prefer to ferret out dishonest workers before they sign on to the company payroll. But how do you spot a thief?

In the last two decades, one of the great success stories of predicting workplace behavior is the science of integrity testing. Foremost among the companies that offer such testing services is Reid Psychological Systems. (Neither the author nor this site have any financial or professional connection with this firm, and no remuneration of any kind is involved in the following description of Reid's services.)

Reid Psychological Systems provides a paper-and-pencil Integrity Attitude Scale comprised of 83 questions. Most test-takers complete this instrument in about 15 minutes. Once processed by Reid's computing system, the test reveals with 85 percent classification accuracy which of your job applicants are prone to dishonest statements and acts.

Other tests in Reid's arsenal aimed at potential problem employees are the Safety and Substance Abuse Scale (46 questions taking about 10 minutes) and a composite instrument, the Abbreviated Reid Report, made up of questions testing integrity, social behavior, substance abuse, and attitudes toward personal achievement (in all, a 15-minute test).

Competitors providing similar services can be located on the Internet using the search phrases "integrity testing" and "honesty testing." Or, try Workforce Tools at http://www.workforcetools.com).

Of course, integrity tests can also be administered to employees at any time after hiring. Employers can use test results to plan training or counseling programs, or simply to alert supervisors and others to employees with dishonest tendencies.

 

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