Employing Personality Assessment Norms Correctly

October 31, 2018 Aon's Assessment Solutions

Personality Assessment Norms

Personality assessment norms are the principal means by which test-takers and hiring managers derive meaning from personality scores.

Understanding an individual’s score on a personality assessment is significantly enhanced by comparing it with the assessment scores of other test-takers. That’s why personality assessment norms are essential to assessment and talent practices; it’s the principal means by which test-takers and hiring managers derive meaning from personality scores.

A norm is constructed by transforming the raw assessment scores of individuals (such as job applicants or current employees) into a standardized distribution, which in turn is used by end users to evaluate the trait level of an individual relative to others.

When developing an assessment norm, it’s critical to demonstrate that the others with whom a person is being compared are relevant. The meaningfulness of the interpretation of an individual’s standing on a trait is proportional to the degree to which the characteristics of the normative sample and the assessment context overlap.So, what norms are appropriate to use, and when?

This guide, created by assessment experts Dr. John Capman, Dr. Eleni Lobene, Dr. Nicholas Martin and Dr. Anthony Boyce, provides an overview of how to develop and choose the right personality-assessment norm for your needs.

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