IQ Tests as Part of Employment Application Process

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William Stern in the 1912 took the mental age of an individual, divided it by the chronological age and obtained the ratio, which he called as an intelligence quotient. Intelligence quotient (IQ) is a score used to express the relative intelligence of a person. In the modern society with high competition in different areas intelligence tests are widely used. IQ tests starting to appear in job interviews as a part of the application process as well. This is still a controversial issue about whether IQ tests should be included in the employability process. IQ tests are standardised tests, which means that the tasks appearing in the test are the same for all participants, the conditions, given instructions and amount of time for completion are equal for each applicant. Standardised tests help to prevent stereotypical errors, for example, there is no preconception related to ethnic or cultural background, age or appearance differences. Although, it is argued that there is noticeable differences between genders’ performance on various tasks, in particular mental rotation tasks (MRT). IQ t...

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