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Ask HR Litehouse – Integrity Tests?

by Dennis Doverspike on August 12, 2008

in Ask HrLitehouse,Selection

Our intent is to have an interactive blog. We encourage individuals to write to us with questions and we will do our best to answer them.

The questions may range from the simple, including those from job applicants, to the more complex and involved from HR professionals.

This is one of the questions we responded to as part of an earlier version of this blog.

Ask HrLitehouse:  I have applied for a job where I have to take an integrity test.  What is an integrity test?                         

HRLite's Reply: Employers want to hire honest employees.  One of the ways they identify honest employees is through the use of integrity tests.  There are a number of different types of integrity tests and you may be asked to take one or more of the different types of integrity test as part of your application.

Some integrity tests will ask you about dishonest or illegal behaviors you may have engaged in on past jobs.  Other integrity tests contain questions concerning your attitudes toward ethical and questionable behaviors.  Still others are more like personality tests; this type of test might ask you if other people see you as an honest person or if your friends have ever been in trouble for stealing. 

Most integrity tests have built in devices to detect those who might attempt to respond in too favorable a fashion or who try to lie on the test.  As with your responses in the interview or on any test, the best approach is to respond in an honest, truthful manner.


For more information on integrity tests and their use by HR professionals you can look at the SIOP or ONET sites. Bryan Baldwin's site discusses a recent research review dealing with integrity tests.