From the Work One Knows the Worker: A Systematic Review of the Challenges, Solutions, and Steps to Creating Synthetic Validity
Piers D. G. Steel
University of Calgary - Haskayne School of Business, Human Resources and Organizational Dynamics
Dr. Allen I. Huffcutt
Bradley University - Department of Psychology
University of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration
International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 16-36, March 2006
Synthetic validity has been promised as the future for selection, providing an inexpensive, fast, high-quality, legally defensible, and easily administered process. Despite 50 years of development, this promise has yet to be realized. However, recent advances in areas such as validity generalization indicate that synthetic validity is technically feasible and practically achievable. Consolidating new and previous work carried out on two synthetic validity strategies, the job-requirement matrix and job component validity, we review the methodological steps required to build them and provide working examples. Although the resources required for full realization of synthetic validity are large, similar, although larger, projects have been undertaken in the past and in the present, and there is increasing infrastructure to facilitate them in the future.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 21Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: May 8, 2006
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