Pre-Employment Testing for Better Hiring

Athena Assessment Validity

Are Employee Performance Assessments Valid?

Most methodologies that purport to assist in employee performance, evaluation, selection and development are not validated. That is not to say that they are entirely invalid; rather, that they are typically not validated relative to real-world outcomes. Few, if any have been validated with the rigor, history, and scientific objectivity of our assessment, the Athena Quotient (AQ).

The AQ has been validated multiple times in a wide range of settings with respect to industry sectors, employee populations, and the actual applications of the instrument. In fact, we are so secure in our claims with respect to the valid predictability of the AQ that we guarantee its use.

Not only do we believe the AQ is the most predictive tool in use today, it is the most statistically elegant instrument for quantifying employee decision-making and therefore for predicting positive outcomes across a wide range of human resource applications.

Advanced statistical techniques are used to drive the AQ selection decision. Through best/worst performer sampling we are able to benchmark specific judgments that are essential to job success.

Big Data Analysis… and why it’s important

Different jobs may require differing types and strengths of decision-making in order for an individual to be successful in that job. Our statistical techniques allow us to pinpoint these judgment requirements, and give the AQ incredible referential validity. We are able to make accurate predictions of who will succeed in specific jobs, and who will not.

Through concurrent validation in your specific application, we’ve built “templates” that represent the ideal candidate across any number of job descriptions or positions. While highly predictive as a general hiring tool (the widest use), the AQ becomes a very powerful tool when combined with templates customized to your business and job descriptions.

This application of the AQ is widely used and well liked, because it not only ensures that you have the right people on the bus…it ensures that each person is in the right seat.

Best/Worst Sample from 700 Employee Company

The following graphic takes a look at typical judgment scores of a “Best/Worst” sample provided by an organization.

In order for the AQ to be a valid predictor of employee success, those selected by the organization as “Best” should have strong scores and those selected as “Worst” should have weak scores. These data points are real, and typical.

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This chart shows the very close correlation between the customer provided “Best/Worst” sample and AQ scores.

Individuals in the “Best” sample scored 1, 2, or 3—the best possible scores.

Individuals in the “Worst” sample scored 8, 9, or 10—the worst possible scores.

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