Jobseekers’ Psychometric Test ‘Is a failure’

David Halpern, head of the government's behavioural insights team

David Halpern, head of the government’s behavioural insights team.

‘The £520,000-a-year Cabinet Office unit run by Dr David Halpern was told by VIA – whose members devised the personality test – to stop using the questionnaire because it had failed its scientific validation.

Last week, the Guardian revealed that a single mother of two said she was threatened with having her benefits removed if she didn’t complete the “my strengths” character survey. It asked users to give graded answers to questions such as “I never go out of my way to visit museums” and “I have not created anything of beauty in the last year”.’

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/may/06/jobseekers-psychometric-test-failure

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