Strategic individual assessment: Issues in providing reliable descriptions

Ann Marie Ryan, Karen M. Barbera, Paul R. Sackett

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Individual assessment involves one psychologist making an assessment of an individual for personnel‐related purposes. Individual assessment practice is reviewed, and research on reliability is presented. A study examining the comparability of conclusions reached by consumers is presented. Eighty‐six students and thirty‐eight managers read nine narrative assessment reports (three of each of three job candidates) and attempted to determine which reports described the same candidate. None of the subjects could correctly group the nine reports; a sizeable proportion did no better than chance in grouping the reports. Implications for assessors and consumers of individual assessments are discussed. Copyright © 1990 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-284
Number of pages14
JournalHuman Resource Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1990


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