Cognitive ability (numerical, verbal and other forms of critical reasoning ability) is the most effective, single predictor of future performance in many different jobs. Following a cognitive assessment, there are many ways to confirm an individual’s ability level. Some techniques are listed below.
However, many other factors also play an important role in predicting job performance. The information in this document should be used as part of a broader evaluation of this person’s suitability and potential for the job.
How to verify a result
Use information from other sources
Results from examinations, qualifications, reference checks, grades and other attainment tests that are appropriate measures of a person’s verbal and/or numerical ability may help to evaluate the person’s actual ability level.
Use structured interviewing techniques
Use structured interviews to probe related competencies. Below, are listed some competencies related to cognitive ability:
- Presenting & Communicating Information
- Analysing & Judgment
- Report Composition
- Information collection & Evaluation
Administer a verification test
Administering your own supervised verification test is a consistent way to verify the original test results. One way to approach this is to use a portion of an in-person or remote two-way interview to have the candidate take a verification test. For example, this could take the form of a short quiz during an interview.
Consider information from other competency assessments
Use results from multiple assessments that relate to the competencies and skills important for performance in the job to evaluate the person’s actual ability level. For example, work simulations or assessment centers.