Integrity tests in professional selection

Claudia Rus, Horia D. Pitariu


This paper presents integrity tests in the context of personnel selection, and provides information about their purpose, typology, and their validity. Whether overt or covert, integrity tests allow to identify the applicants who might be involved with a high probability in various counterproductive behaviors, harmful to their employing organizations. The validity of these psychological tests is supported by data from studies designed to test their relative validity, the structure of responses to their items or linking test scores of overt integrity tests with the measurements of individual characteristics or situational factors. The use of such tests in personnel selection contributes significantly to the estimation of prospective professional performance and provides an additional validity to the procedure of personnel selection.


integrity tests;overt integrity tests;covert integrity tests;validity


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