Next 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.