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    • Chuckberry
    • By Chuckberry 16th Apr 18, 7:03 AM
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    Pay Someone To Do Psychometric Tests?
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    • 16th Apr 18, 7:03 AM
    Pay Someone To Do Psychometric Tests? 16th Apr 18 at 7:03 AM
    Think the title is self-explanatory here (essentially, a morally questionable way to pass psychometric)

    Please don't construe that this is something i'm considering but I wanted to see if anyone has, or knows someone who has, and their outcome.

    Personally, I'm aware of a couple of people who have effectively cheat online/psychometric tests (particularly numeracy/numerical reasoning tests) either through the help of friends or online services. FYI the outcome was favourable for both.

    Want to get a feel for how prevalent this is. Thanks!
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    • ViolaLass
    • By ViolaLass 16th Apr 18, 8:45 AM
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    A handful of strangers answering will be too small a sample size to give you a real idea.
    • ElefantEd
    • By ElefantEd 16th Apr 18, 8:59 AM
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    • 16th Apr 18, 8:59 AM
    A handful of strangers answering will be too small a sample size to give you a real idea.
    Originally posted by ViolaLass
    Though the results would be as accurate and useful as psychometric tests.
    • elsien
    • By elsien 16th Apr 18, 9:03 AM
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    You also have to know what the tests are looking for. My last organisation did personality profiles because they were looking for specific types and the type they wanted was on the face of it counter-intuitive. You wouldn't be able to work out what was wanted and be able to fiddle it.

    Personally I thought they were as much help as last week's chip paper but we had to take them into account when interviewing. Or at least ask questions about them. Then ignore them.
    Last edited by elsien; 16-04-2018 at 9:05 AM.
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
    • silvercar
    • By silvercar 16th Apr 18, 9:15 AM
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    • 16th Apr 18, 9:15 AM
    I asked my kids (both in their 20s) if this happened. They said it was very, very prevalent. Mainly friends helping each other out, rather than paying services.
    • shortcrust
    • By shortcrust 16th Apr 18, 9:56 AM
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    • 16th Apr 18, 9:56 AM
    I think it depends on what the tests are used for. Often they're just part of a tick list and no one really cares too much. They're not measuring anything that seems relevant to the job. If no one cares then cheating will often be quite easy. Where they're taken seriously cheating is much more difficult. I've done psychometric tests with an interviewer sitting right next too me.

    Keep in mind that people quickly realise if you've overstated skills or experience. I once had to sack someone at the end of his first week because he simply couldn't do the things he said he could.
    • nicechap
    • By nicechap 16th Apr 18, 10:04 AM
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    • 16th Apr 18, 10:04 AM
    Think the title is self-explanatory here (essentially, a morally questionable way to pass psychometric)

    Please don't construe that this is something i'm considering but I wanted to see if anyone has, or knows someone who has, and their outcome.

    Personally, I'm aware of a couple of people who have effectively cheat online/psychometric tests (particularly numeracy/numerical reasoning tests) either through the help of friends or online services. FYI the outcome was favourable for both.

    Want to get a feel for how prevalent this is. Thanks!
    Originally posted by Chuckberry


    What a surprise, after the deleted benefits letter thread, another moral conundrum!!


    As violetlass says, the sample size of replies will be too small to give a real idea, plus there's no actual poll, ho hum.


    I'd suggest the OP sticks to Tinder and finds out how prevalent getting other people to fill out their profile as the results are likely to be as useful.
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” - George Carlin
    • Loanranger
    • By Loanranger 16th Apr 18, 10:09 AM
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    • 16th Apr 18, 10:09 AM
    I'm a British Psychological Society qualified tester.
    Most employers who offer testing online and off site will ensure that their shortlisted candidates sit the tests again on site.
    What's the point of cheating to get a job that may well turn out to be too difficult for your abilities?
    Last edited by Loanranger; 16-04-2018 at 5:17 PM. Reason: Spelling typo
    • Chuckberry
    • By Chuckberry 16th Apr 18, 8:52 PM
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    • 16th Apr 18, 8:52 PM
    A handful of strangers answering will be too small a sample size to give you a real idea.
    Originally posted by ViolaLass
    Granted. Asking out of curiosity.
    I asked my kids (both in their 20s) if this happened. They said it was very, very prevalent. Mainly friends helping each other out, rather than paying services.
    Originally posted by silvercar
    Thank you for asking and to all others for their replies.
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