Pre-employment integrity testing is a type of personality test that assesses a job candidate’s tendency to be honest, responsible, and reliable. You could consider it a type of honesty test for employment. The Hire Success® Integrity Survey requires candidates to self-report and answer questions based on past behaviors and tendencies.
Why is this important? Because integrity testing can help employers identify behaviors like theft, violence, drug use, and negative attitudes toward colleagues and supervisors. Hiring managers can use integrity tests for employment in order to spot potential problems in advance and, if necessary, follow up with past employers or request complete background checks prior to selecting job candidates for interviews.
Although integrity testing can’t eliminate theft or violence in the workplace, it can help employers limit it as well as identify candidates who may be less suitable for or less productive at a particular job.
Chances are that you've checked off at least one item on the above list. The Hire Success® Integrity Survey is a tool that can help you identify high-risk job candidates so that you can make better hiring decisions — with results that go straight to the bottom line.
Integrity tests are used in the workplace for hiring a wide variety of job roles, but they can be especially important when hiring for positions involving money, security, sensitive data, personal safety, or trade secrets. In short, this type of honesty assessment may tip off hiring managers to risky behaviors or unsafe practices that could threaten a company’s finances, employee health, or business information or interests.
Jobs that may especially benefit from integrity testing include:
Most companies report that a bad hire costs between $8,000 and $10,000 — and some cost far more.
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According to a study by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics1, more than 2 million Americans are victims of workplace violence each year. Workplace violence is an epidemic that costs American business in excess of $36 billion annually.2)And as the rate of employee theft grows at 15% annually, smart hiring managers are focusing their efforts on best methods for employee selection, including pre-employment integrity tests.1 Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report: National Crime Victimization Survey
When taking the Hire Success® pre-employment integrity test, all job applicants must acknowledge that they understand that their answers are being considered as part of their application for employment with your company and that you will be relying on truthful answers to make a hiring decision. Lying on the application may be grounds for termination or not being considered for employment.Learn more about the Hire Success® Integrity Survey
"I love the Integrity Survey report as it is very easy to read. There are several questions within the survey that I have deemed my go-to's as the responses give me so much insight into each of my candidates. I love reading through the reports and even if no risk points are assessed, I still get a lot of great information on each person."
- Janet Stupek, Nolan Real Estate
Research — as well as feedback from past clients — suggests that applicants usually answer honesty assessment questions truthfully; however, they generally underreport behaviors and problems.
Some states and countries do have requirements about integrity testing for employment. Hiring managers who believe that they may have an issue with their state or country should consult their legal counsel.
The Hire Success® Integrity Survey is offered in English, Spanish, and Canadian French; however, accommodations can be made for employers who want a test in another language.
The Hire Success® Integrity Survey takes job applicants an average of 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Hiring managers will have to determine whether this is too much to ask, especially if they’re having job candidates take additional tests, such as our Personality Profile (under 10 minutes) or any of our Cognitive Aptitude Assessments or Job Skills Assessments.
We do not suggest that employers use the assessment to test the integrity of current employees.
Most of the time, asking these questions and testing integrity shows a sincere interest in finding the best candidates for the job and protecting the workplace. Employers will have to determine whether any potential damage to their reputation could result from asking these questions.