Honesty Test for Job Applicants

Posted on April 1, 2002
Honesty testing, a multimillion-dollar industry aimed at curbing employee theft, falls into two general categories — integrity tests and personality-based tests. A new test called the Step One Survey (SOS) by Profiles International Inc. in Waco, Texas, adds another dimension to the testing process. To be used only in the hiring process and not on current employees, the SOS should reveal an applicant’s attitudes in the areas of integrity, substance abuse, reliability and work ethic. The SOS is divided into two sections. The first section has 45 items and seeks information on self-reported behaviors and admissions, while the second section of 80 items look at behaviorally-based attitudes. Here are some sample questions from both sections of the survey, including oral and written portions: • Sloppy company security causes some people to steal. • A person doesn’t have a drug problem if all he/she does is smoke marijuana on weekends. • If you have a good excuse, it’s OK not to show up to work. • Working through your lunch break means that you can go home early. • It is OK to take company tools home if you intend to bring them back. • Have you ever filed a medical claim, even though you knew you were not sick or injured? Survey responses are grouped into four categories — integrity, substance abuse, reliability and work ethic — and rated on a scale of one (low) to nine (high). For more information, visit
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