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Principles for the Validation and Use of Personnel Selection Procedures


by SIOP Administrative Office

Principles for the Validation and Use of Personnel Selection Procedures

Task Force Invites Member Comments on Revision Draft by May 9

The Principles Revision Task Force has been working diligently for many months to update SIOP’s publication, Principles for the Validation and Use of Personnel Selection Procedures.

They submitted a draft to review groups drawn from both the Professional Practices and Scientific Affairs Committees in January. The Task Force Co-Chairs, Paul Sackett and Nancy Tippins, have reviewed the comments from those groups in detail and made revisions as appropriate.

The Task Force now invites SIOP’s membership to review the most recent draft and offer additional feedback. Please keep in mind that the Task Force was charged with revising, not re-writing, the Principles to ensure that they are consistent with the best current science available. The Principles are not intended to be a graduate text in psychometrics, a critique of current law, or a workbook for validation. They are intended to provide guidance for professional practice and research based on the current state of our science and practice in employee selection.

The current draft of the revised Principles has been posted on the SIOP website here.

To facilitate the Task Force’s ability to review and consider your comments in a timely manner, we ask that you tie your comments to specific page and line numbers as they appear in the document. We strongly discourage wording edits. At this point, the key question is whether you believe that there is something incorrect or inaccurate in the text of the current draft. If you do still have concerns about particular language, please be specific in your comments and include alternative language for the Task Force to consider.

Comments are due by midnight ET May 9, 2017. Please send changes to SIOP Executive Director Jeff Hughes at jhughes@siop.org with the subject line: Principles Comment.

The purpose of the Principles for the Validation and Use of Personnel Selection Procedures) is to specify established scientific findings and generally accepted professional practice in the field of personnel selection psychology in the choice, development, evaluation, and use of personnel selection procedures designed to measure constructs related to work behavior with a focus on the accuracy of the inferences that underlie employment decisions. The Principles cover many aspects of validation and personnel selection; however, other professional documents (e.g., Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice, and Organizational Change for Psychologists) may also provide guidance in particular situations.

We look forward to receiving your thoughtful comments!