Saville Assessment at the British Psychological Society Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference 2020


Validity: The Long and Short of It


We were delighted to present a four-paper symposium at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference 2020, which discussed some important aspects of validity.


Throughout this symposium we discussed two key considerations for recruiters:

  1. Using assessments which forecast overall performance and behaviors that are important for a given role (validity)
  2. Creating engagement through shorter assessments

In the first paper, research was presented that centered on the factors important to candidates during a selection process. The difficulties of developing short valid assessments and solutions to address these were then discussed. Research data focusing on the validity of the different hierarchies of the Wave model was then explored. Finally, we presented information on a new shorter assessment that maintains the necessary high-validity items.

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PAPER 1

Validity – Are Candidates Really Bothered?

It is often assumed that validity is only important to Occupational Psychologists or recruiters, but is this really true?

PAPER 2

Taking Short Cuts

We look at the challenges that test developers face when trying to develop shorter assessments that are reliable, valid and fair.

PAPER 3

Scales of Potential

We discuss how to identify the distinct behaviors that are important for a particular role.

PAPER 4

Short and Valid!

This paper explores the trade-off between the length of a personality assessment and its validity.