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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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BAUMGARTL, Viviane de Oliveira  and  PRIMI, Ricardo. Evidences on the validity of the battery of reasoning tests (BPR-5) for employment selection. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2006, vol.19, n.2, pp. 246-251. ISSN 1678-7153.

The use of psychological tests is a common practice among Brazilian companies. These evaluations, however, are done many times without taking into account the efficiency of the instruments that are used for discriminating relevant criteria for a good performance of the employee at work. The purpose of this study was to check evidences on the validity of the BPR-5 test in an organizational context. The sample consisted of 79 employees of a Brazilian electric company. The number of injuries at the workplace was used as criteria. The data was analyzed using descriptive statistics and correlation analyses. The results showed that the criteria of injuries at the workplace presented significant correlations with the tests, indicating correlation with intelligence, especially for employees with less job experience (-0,39; p<0,05). The implications of these results for both research and practice are discussed.

Keywords : Personnel selection; validity; intelligence; electricity sector.

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