Do Your Applicants Lie?

Learn why most personality tests are easily “faked/gamed.”
By Dr. Larry L. Craft, CEO, CraftMetrics International
It’s a fact that applicants exaggerate their education, income, and accomplishments on their resume and even on their job applications. They call it selling themselves. When applicants take online personality tests, research has found that too often they intentionally exaggerate their strengths and minimize their weaknesses in order the “pass the test.” As a result, most personality tests, especially “adjective checklist” tests are easily “faked.” There are even online videos that show applicants how to pass the more popular personality tests.
Most tests still rely on 50-year old methods like “lie scale items” or “duplicate questions” to measure applicant faking. The CraftMetrics Personality Inventory (CMPI) is the only personality test to employ four different methods to reduce and measure applicant faking/gaming. Over a 30 year period, Dr. Larry Craft, developer of the CMPI, has collected data on over 1,000,000 applicants who have been asked to describe the “Ideal Candidate,” allowing the CMPI to use the most advanced scoring algorithms to measure the applicant’s true personality. Unlike any other personality test, the CraftMetrics Personality Inventory (CMPI) employs the latest psychometric technologies to reduce and measure “applicant faking.” As a result, repeated validation by PhD psychologists has found “high scorers” on the CMPI average over 50% higher performance.