Pre-employment honesty testing: Fakability, reactions of test takers, and company image

Ann Marie Ryan, Paul R. Sackett

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Two common employer concerns about pre-employment honesty testing were addressed: fakability and the test taker's reaction to such tests. Students, 84% with work experience in industries where honesty tests are common, took an honesty test under one of three instructional sets: respond honestly, fake good, and respond as if applying for a job. While subjects instructed to fake good could easily do so, the scores of subjects responding as job applicants more closely resembled those of subjects instructed to respond honestly. Strong negative reactions to honesty tests were not found; rather, most subjects felt that such tests were appropriate. The use of pre-employment honesty tests was not found to have a large impact on test taker perceptions of employers using such tests.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)248-256
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Business and Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 1987


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