Purpose of the Guide

In today's competitive marketplace and complex legal environment, employers face the challenge of attracting, developing, and retaining the best employees. Michael Eisner, CEO of the Disney Corporation, recognized the impact of personnel decisions on a business' bottom-line when he remarked, "My inventory goes home every night."

This guide is to help managers and human resource (HR) professionals use assessment practices that are the right choices for reaching their organizations' HR goals. It conveys the essential concepts of employment testing in easy-to-understand terms so that managers and HR professionals can

Format of this Guide

This Guide is structured around a set of assessment principles and their applications. The information is organized so that readers from a variety of backgrounds will find the information presented in a clear and useful manner.
The Guide is designed to provide accurate and important information regarding testing as part of a personnel assessment program. It gives general guidelines and must not be viewed as legal advice.


Testing and Assessment: An Employer's Guide to Good Practices (Guide) was produced and funded by the Skills Assessment and Analysis Program in the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Policy and Research (OPR) under the direction of Gerard F. Fiala, Administrator. The Skills Assessment and Analysis Program is directed by Donna Dye, Personnel Research Psychologist, who provided technical direction and support for this Guide.

The Guide was prepared under Department of Labor Grants with the North Carolina Employment Security Commission, Southern Assessment Research and Development Center and National O*NET Consortium; the New York Department of Labor; and the Utah Department of Employment Security. The Guide was completed under the direction of David Rivkin. Mr. Rivkin also served as editor of the Guide. Authors of this Guide were Syed Saad, Gary W. Carter, Mark Rothenberg, and Enid Israelson. Grateful acknowledgment is made to Phil Lewis, Patrice Gilliam-Johnson, Jonathan Levine, and Brenda Dunn for their contribution. Thanks are also given to Ann Kump, Helen Tannenbaum, Don Kreger, Kristin Fiske, and Marilyn Silver whose valuable suggestions were very much appreciated. Grateful acknowledgment is also made to Suzan Chastain, Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, Division of Civil Rights, and Hilary R. Weinerand and Cynthia Misicka of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for consultant review and insights into the final preparation of this Guide.

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