Pre-Employment Integrity Test

An objective way to survey job applicants about key issues that could adversely affect your business.

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Common problems solved by integrity tests

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How many of these common problems apply to your company?

  • Employee Theft
  • Employee Substance Use
  • High Turnover
  • Low Productivity
  • Absenteeism
  • Problem/Disruptive Employees
  • Conflicts with Managers or Supervisors
  • Customer Complaints

Chances are, you've checked off at least one item on the above list. The Hire Success® Overt Integrity Survey is a tool that can help you identify high-risk candidates so that you can make better hiring decisions, with results that go straight to the bottom line.

Let’s take a look at just what an integrity test is and how it can help you avoid some of the problems above.


What is integrity testing?

Pre-employment integrity testing is a type of personality test that assesses a candidate’s tendency to be honest, responsible, and reliable. In other words, you could consider it a type of honesty test for employment. The Hire Success test requires candidates to self-report and answer questions based on past behaviors and tendencies.

Why is this important? Because integrity testing can help you identify behaviors including theft, violence, drug use and attitudes towards colleagues and supervisors. You can use an integrity test for employment in order to spot potential problems in advance and, if necessary, follow up with past employers or complete background checks prior to selecting candidates for interviews.

While integrity testing can’t eliminate theft or violence in the workplace, it can help you identify candidates who may be less suitable or less productive for a particular job.

Jobs that can benefit from having pre-employment integrity tests

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 you off to risky behaviors or unsafe practices that could threaten your finances, someone’s health, your company interests or information.

Jobs that may especially benefit from integrity testing include:

  • Bank tellers and cashiers
  • Security guards
  • Childcare and/or daycare providers
  • Home healthcare workers
Hire Success Integrity Survey Interviewer's Report

What information does the Hire Success integrity test provide?

  • An honesty assessment of past behavior, including theft from previous employers and businesses
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Integrity and work ethics, including attitudes toward employers
  • Willingness to accept and follow directions
  • Propensity toward anger/violence

When taking the Hire Success® pre-employment integrity test, all applicants must acknowledge that they understand 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.

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Why should you use integrity testing?

Most companies report that a bad hire costs between $8,000-$10,000, and some far more.

Statistics tells us that substance users are:

  • 33-50% less productive on the job.
  • Absent or tardy three times more often than non-users
  • 3-4 more times likely to have an accident on the job, with medical claims that are 300-400% more costly than their non-using counterparts
  • the cause of an estimated 50-80% of all workplace theft and loss

According to a study by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics1, more than 2 million Americans are victims of workplace violence each year. Due to this workplace violence epidemic (which costs American business in excess of $36 billion annually2) and with the rate of employee theft growing at 15% annually, smart employers are focusing their efforts on best methods for employee selection, including integrity tests in the workplace.

1 Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report: National Crime Victimization Survey
2 Workplace Violence Research Institute

A Hire Success Story

"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

Frequently Asked Questions

Will applicants really answer these integrity test questions honestly?

Research – as well as feedback from past clients – suggests that applicants usually answer honesty assessment questions truthfully; however, they generally under-report behaviors and problems.

Is it legal to administer integrity tests?

Some states and countries do have requirements about integrity testing for employment. If you believe your state or country might have any issue, we suggest you check with your legal counsel.

How long does it take to complete an integrity test?

The Hire Success® integrity test takes applicants an average of 10 - 15 minutes to complete. You will have to determine whether this is too much to ask, especially if you’re having them take additional tests such as our Personality Profile or an Aptitude/Skill Assessment. You can also offer the test as another step in the process, so that only final candidates are asked to complete the assessment.

What does this say about my company that I’m asking these kinds of questions?

Most of the time, asking these questions and testing integrity shows a sincere interest in finding the best candidates for the job and protecting your workplace. You will have to determine if any potential damage to your reputation could result from asking these questions. We suggest that if you’re really concerned, it’s best to skip using the integrity test.

Am I able to change the language that the pre-employment integrity test is offered in?

The Hire Success® integrity test is offered in English, Spanish, and Canadian-French. If there is a language that you would like to add to our current list, we are able to accommodate.

Should I test current employees for integrity and honesty?

We do not suggest you use the assessment to test integrity of current employees.

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