PROFESSIONAL SELECTION WITH PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS IN THE REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA

Violeta Petroska Beshka, Nikolina Kenig, Biljana Blazhevska Stoilkovska

Abstract


The paper aims to indicate the preconditions and challenges that apply to the implementation of psychological tests as tools for selection of personnel in the Republic of Macedonia. Research results that speak of the benefits of their implementation in different contexts in developed countries are used to demonstrate the potentials of applying psychological tests for selection purposes. Research carried out in developed countries has been also used to illustrate international experiences gained through use of ability and personality tests for selection of employees for specific profession and/or work position. It also describes the procedures for proving the criterion validity that is considered as prerequisite for using the tests as a selection tool. Special emphasis is placed on the procedures for adaptation of psychological tests, which is a necessary requirement for the tests created in another country/culture and used as selective means in other countries/cultures to be implemented for this purpose in our country. Finally, it is concluded that psychological tests can be a powerful tool for professional selection of candidates for specific professions/workplaces in the Republic of Macedonia provided that such tests are appropriately adapted and standardized, since the professional selection in the country has to rely on the use of ability and personality tests created in other countries.

Keywords: professional selection, selection with psychological tests, adaptation of psychological tests, criterion validity


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