Topic: Business / Human Resources

Test-Score Banding in Human Resource Selection
Legal, Technical, and Societal Issues
Herman Aguinis

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Test-Score Banding in Human Resource Selection

Legal, Technical, and Societal Issues

Herman Aguinis Herman Aguinis

February 2004


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Scrutinizes the use of test-score banding, a human resources method of selection that uses gender, ethnicity and other qualities as tie-breakers to address the inaccuracy of test scores.

Virtually everyone is subjected to one form or another of testing. We are tested to get into schools and once we are in schools. We are often tested when we apply for a job and once we get a job. In spite of the pervasiveness and criticality of decisions made based on test scores, testing has been, and continues to be, a source of controversy. Is testing equally fair to all people? Are decisions based on tests fair to all members of society? Test-score banding is a method to interpret test scores that takes into account the fact that tests used in human resource selection are never perfectly accurate. This book analyzes the use of test-score banding from technical, legal, and societal points of view. It includes controversial arguments in favor and against the use of test-score banding, useful guidelines for practice, and innovative suggestions for research.

For the past decade, organizations have relied on banding to select employees by forming groups of bands of applicants based on their scores on tests, interviews, and any other measure. Because test scores are never perfectly accurate, these bands render applicants within the same band indistinguishable. Secondary criteria, such as ethnicity and gender, then are used to break the tie, allowing organizations to increase diversity by increasing the proportion of employees who are members of underrepresented groups.
Introduction to Test-Score Banding in Human Resource Selection by Herman Aguinis
Social and Technical Issues in Staffing Decisions by Wayne F. Cascio, Irwin L. Goldstein, James Outtz, and Sheldon Zedeck
A Comparison of Test-Focused and Criterion-Focused Banding Methods by Paul J. Hanges and Hilary J. Gettman
Banding: Background and General Management Purpose by Robert M. Guion
Legal and Practical Implications of Banding for Personnel Selection by Gerald V. Barrett and Sarah B. Lueke
Statistical Weights of Ability and Diversity in Selection Decisions by Neal Schmitt and Frederick L. Oswald
Effects of Banding on Performance and Minority Hiring by Roxanne M. Laczo and Paul Sackett
SED Banding as a Test of Scientific Values in I/O Psychology by Frank Schmidt and John E. Hunter
Conflicting Values and Interests in Banding Research and Practice by Kevin R. Murphy
Will Banding Benefit My Organization? by Herman Aguinis and Erika Harden
Author Index
Subject Index
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