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Mobile Assessment: The Horses Have Left the Barn

Posted by  Matthew O'Connell, Ph.D.

SIOPNext month at SIOP’s (the Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology) annual conference in Philadelphia, my colleagues, Dr. Winfred Arthur, Jr. from Texas A&M University, Dr. Dennis Doverspike from the University of Akron, and I will be presenting a pre-conference workshop. The focus of the workshop is on the state of mobile testing for selection purposes. The title of the workshop is entitled, Mobile Assessment: The Horses Have Left the Barn…. Now What?

That sort of sums up what’s happening in the mobile assessment marketplace. For years there have been serious concerns about unproctored testing, testing over the internet, etc. Well, the fact is that unproctored testing is here to stay and the advent of mobile devices has made it easier than ever to test people anywhere, and anytime. Is that a good thing? In some ways yes, it gives more people an opportunity to apply for jobs than ever before. At the same time, it raises logistical, psychometric and even ethical issues.

The workshop will provide practical, applied advice to help participants answer the questions of if, when, and how to implement mobile testing for selection and/or development: considering implications relating to constructs measured or types of tests (i.e., low fidelity vs simulations), applicant pool population demographics, and technology infrastructure. 

We will cover the research to date related to assessments on mobile devices (including internet access and device usage trends in the population and how that impacts mobilization, psychometric equivalency of mobile testing, mean differences and potential explanations for the mean differences seen consistently in recent research, etc.). In addition, we will discuss the advantages of mobile assessments (from the candidate’s perspective and the administrator’s perspective), legal issues pertaining to access and performance, and issues and concerns related to real world implementation.

We’re making this a very interactive workshop where participants get to experience cognitive and non-cognitive measures, along with assessment approaches from self-report personality tests all the way to complex, interactive simulations on laptops, smart phones, and/or tablets.  We will also discuss key factors to consider when optimizing assessments for mobile devices, including IT issues, and compare measurement via optimized versus non-optimized assessment alternatives.

The workshop is targeted towards individuals who have already implemented or are considering the implementation of testing/assessments via mobile devices, from the standpoint of a test developer/publisher or an end user.

Dr. Jerilyn Hayward from ServiceMaster will serve as the coordinator.

We’ve put together a fast paced, interactive and engaging workshop that I think people will really enjoy. If you have any interest in mobile testing then I encourage you to attend.

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Tags:   I/O Psychology, SIOP, employee assessments

Matthew O'Connell, Ph.D.

Matthew is the Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Select International. For more than 20 years, he has been a driving force when it comes to designing, evaluating and integrating selection tools into systems that meet the specific needs of Global 2000 organizations. He is the co-author of the business bestselling book, Hiring Great People.

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