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Other titles in the Pfeiffer Essential Resources for Training and HR Professionals series:
Using Individual Assessments in the Workplace: A Practical Guide for HR Professionals, Trainers, and Managers (Pfeiffer Essential Resources for Training and HR Professionals)by Leonard David Goodstein
Synopses & Reviews
The purpose of individual assessment is to develop as complete a picture as possible of an individual not only to help maximize his or her potential contribution to the organization but also to assist individual employees with their career path.
Written for human resource professionals, trainers, and managers, Using Individual Assessments in the Workplace is an easy-to-read and easy-to-apply?manual for using assessment tools. Step-by-step this much-needed resource leads the reader through the often complex processes of job analysis, test selection, test administration and interpretation, and decision making.
The authors— Leonard D. Goodstein and Erich P. Prien—are leading experts in the field of workplace assessment. In this book they present a comprehensive resource that offers an introduction to individual assessment, shows how to collect and analyze assessment data (including a five-step model for conducting this process), reveals how to perform psychological measurement, develop and integrate individual assessment data, and report individual assessment results.
"This book is the prefect resource for professionals with some background in employment assessment for selection. It offers the best expert advice available for conducting psychological assessment that will yield excellent results, both for job candidates and organizations."
—Marshall Sashkin, professor of human resource development, graduate school of education and human development, The George Washington University
Book News Annotation:
Specifically aimed at human resource professionals, trainers, and managers, this book describes how to use assessment tools in selecting new employees or in training and development. The authors outline the assessment process and types of tests, make recommendations for techniques and procedures to use, discuss the influence of technology and the internet, and detail how to collect, analyze, and report data. Sample assessment reports and a list of tests are included in the appendices. Goodstein is a psychologist who consults in personality assessment, executive development, and coaching; Prien is an industrial and organizational psychologist. Pfeiffer is an imprint of Wiley. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Written for human resource professionals, trainers, and managers, Using Individual Assessments in the Workplace is an easy-to-read and easy-to-apply manual for using assessment tools. Step by step this much-needed resource leads the reader through the often complex processes of job analysis, test selection, test administration and interpretation, and decision making. The authors--Leonard D. Goodstein and Erich P. Prien--are leading experts in the field of workplace assessment. In this book they present a comprehensive resource that offers an introduction to individual assessment, shows how to collect and analyze assessment data (including a five-step model for conducting this process), reveals how to perform psychological measurement, develop and integrate individual assessment data, and report individual assessment results.
This book is a highly-accessible, non-technical primer that leads potential users and consumers of assessments through a process of how to understand and use individual assessments. Every technical concept is explained in everyday language and knowledge of statistics is not required. It also provides information on assessing and qualifying potential providers of individual assessments when they are contracted for individual assessment services. And the same criteria can be used by those being assessed to help determine the skill level and general competence of those who are doing the assessment.
About the Author
Leonard D. Goodstein, Ph.D., a consulting psychologist based in Washington, D.C., specializes in providing consultation in personality assessment, especially in the workplace—as well as executive development, including executive coaching. He is also a Principal with Professional Assessment Services and Solutions (PASS), Psichometrics International, LLC, and Forensic Sciences Medical Group, PC.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree with honors from the City College of New York, Dr. Goodstein went on to receive both an M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University, both in psychology. A holder of the Diploma in Clinical Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology, Dr. Goodstein is a Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academy of Practice. He is a licensed psychologist in both California and the District of Columbia. Dr. Goodstein is listed in Who’s Who in America and American Men and Women in Science.
Since completing a three-year term as executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Psychological Association, psychology’s national membership association, in 1988 he has been engaged in consulting, research, and writing. Prior to APA, Dr. Goodstein had a distinguished academic career, including professorships at the Universities of Iowa, Cincinnati, and Arizona State, where he served as chair of the Department of Psychology. In addition, he has been a Fulbright Senior Lecturer (Professor) at the Vrije Universiteit in the Netherlands. After leaving academia and prior to joining APA, he was president and later chairman of the board of University Associates, Inc., now Pfeiffer.
Erich P. Prien, Ph.D., an industrial/organizational psychologist based in Memphis, Tennessee, specializes in the development, standardization, and application of psychological tests, especially in the workplace. He is also the founder and president of Performance Management Press (PMP), which has been the principal marketing arm for his tests.
Following receipt of his bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, he received an MA from Carnegie Mellon University and a Ph.D. from Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve), both in industrial/organizational psychology. Dr. Prien has served as a research psychologist for the Standard Oil Company, as assistant director of the Psychological Research Service at Case Western University, as adviser to the Imperial Iranian Armed Forces, and as a faculty member at Greensboro College, University of Akron, Georgia Technical University, and the University of Memphis. After leaving the University of Memphis in 1987, Dr. Prien has devoted himself to his professional practice, his research, and his sustained interest in writing. Dr. Prien is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and holds the Diploma in Industrial Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. Among his many awards are the Distinguished Professional Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Author of the Year Award from The American Society of Training Directors and the Journal of Performance and Instruction, and he was the Creativity Research Award Winner from the American Society for Personnel Administration twice.
Table of Contents
Foreword by W. Warner Burke.
Foreword by Adrian Furnham.
For Whom Did We Write This Book?
What Are Our Recommendations?
How Is This Book Organized?
2. The Practice of Individual Assessment.
What Is Individual Assessment?
What Does an Assessor Need to Know?
The Three Levels of Assessor Competencies.
The Individual Assessment Model.
Information Technology and Individual Assessment.
3. Psychological Measurement.
The Normal Distribution Curve.
The Role of the Assessor.
Classification of Psychological Tests.
4. Collecting and Analyzing Assessment Data.
Using the Five-Step Model of Individual Assessment.
Hard and Soft Data.
Assessment Procedures and Choices.
Reporting and Follow-Up Choices.
5. Developing and Integrating Individual Assessment Data.
Processing the Database.
6. Reporting Individual Assessment Results.
The Focus of a Final Report.
Content and Style.
Drawing Conclusions and Making Recommendations.
A Decision-Making Model.
A Forty-Question Checklist.
Individual Assessment for Development.
Future-Oriented Job Analysis.
Appendix A: Recommended Readings.
Appendix B: Sample Position Description.
Appendix C: Introduction to Job Analysis.
Appendix D: First-Line Management/Supervisory Level Competency Model.
Appendix E: Senior Management/Executive Level Competency Model.
Appendix F: Sample Individual Assessment Report on Applicant for Administrative Assistant Position.
Appendix G: Sample Assessment Report—Supervisor/First-Line Manager.
Appendix H: Sample Individual Assessment Report—Management and Executive Level.
Appendix I: Selected Tests and Publishers.
About the Authors.
What Our Readers Are Saying