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A workplace where individuals of different age groups, work experience, abilities, and cognitive skills work together to bring about expansion, innovation, and advancement within the organization. But how often does an organization's workforce comprising of individuals are well suited for the job and the company culture? There are many psychological elements to be taken into account while hiring a candidate with the abilities as well as psychological abilities to perform and excel in a job.

Recruiters utilize conventional interview practices and also rely on references obtained through occupation portals, recruitment agencies, recommendations by friends or coworkers, etc., to reach out to a potential candidate and expect to discover an ideal fit. Frequently, recruiters rely on these sources to recommend someone with a fantastic character and frequent job-related qualities. A failure to evaluate a candidate for particular cognitive and personality traits could result in a reduction of time and energy.

Psychological assessment services of My Fit Brain help recruiters focus on the negative or positive difference a candidate may make to the job they'd be performing, the staff they'll be working for, and also the organization as a whole. These tests shed light on the intelligence as well as the emotional quotient of an applicant. The degree of these intelligence and EQ variables should ideally fit with the benchmark attribute. Psychological evaluations help locate candidates that fulfill all the psychological prerequisites and stand apart for their above-average intelligence and EQ degrees.

My Fit Brain provides assessments, resources, learning, and consultancy services to support the requirements of individuals in the fields of clinical, organizational, educational, and positive psychology. We offer various psychological assessments and testing to make sure that you find the right test for your needs. We also provide clinical, organizational, forensic, neuropsychology, positive psychology, and other assessments to support you. Our psychologists provide a wide range of psychological assessments and interventions in many subject matters for both children and adults.  

What is a psychological assessment?  

What is a psychological assessment 

Psychological assessment is a process to assess the behavior, character, psychological skills, and many other aspects of a person's behavior. The process may focus on one or more areas of the person's behavior, or it might examine all of these aspects. Usually, psychological assessments are conducted when a professional needs to assess a person for employment purposes or for the purpose of assisting therapy or prevention. Sometimes, people seek psychological assessments as a result of their own inquiries about their personal behavior and attitudes or as a consequence of their own personal problems.  

What is psychological testing? 

Psychological testing refers to those structured formal exercises framed by psychologists to calculate psychological traits such as personality factors and reasoning ability. These are carefully analyzed and checked to make sure that they are reliable, fair, and valid. These psychological assessments are scored and administered in a standardized manner. This enables the employers to compare the results with that of the other potential employees and standards set for that particular job.
The most used tests in psychological testing are aptitude tests and personality assessments. 

Reasons for employers to use psychological assessments: 

Employers want to select such an individual for a particular job position who has all the skills, personal qualities, and abilities to perform that job with utmost efficacy. There are different selection tests that help employers in determining different standards to judge the suitability of the potential employees. The application forms give information regarding the person's qualifications, writing skills, and work experience. The interviews help to check oral communication skills. Psychological assessment helps to check the specific talents and personal traits required. 

Aptitude Tests  

These tests basically aim to test the logical thinking and reasoning of the person. Some of the various tests conducted under this are the following:

  • Numerical reasoning in which the reasoning with respect to charts, statistics, numbers, and graphs is assessed.
  • Verbal Reasoning - The ability to reason with written stuff is assessed.
  • Spatial Reasoning - Also known as diagrammatic reasoning. It encompasses the assessment of the individual in context with the ability to reason with some abstract figures and also to think logically.

A person may also come across some other aptitude psychological assessment like programming aptitude and mechanical aptitude. This would basically depend on the specific type of job for which the selection is made.

These tests are administered under strictly timed examination conditions. Multiple choice questions are given, and the person is required to choose the right ones.

The score of the candidate is compared with that of the other candidates and the standard pre-set for that job position. This helps the employer to decide whether the person will be able to cope up with the needs of the job position for which the selection is being made.

These tests are usually conducted simultaneously with interviews and forms a part of the total recruitment scoring. 

Personality Psychological Assessments: 

Personality Psychological Assessments

These questionnaires are designed in such a way that it becomes easy to explore the ways in which the candidate reacts to the different situations. Actually, this is not actually a test as there is no correct or incorrect answer. The basic aim is to determine the person's ability to deal with his or her own emotions, motivation, and determination under different conditions possible in the work scenario.

Personality measurements form a great guide for the employers along with the various other results of tests to determine whether the person is perfectly suitable for a particular job position or not. 

Components of Psychological Assessment  

Interview: My Fit Brain's psychologists prefer observing their clients during a personal interview. They simply talk to the individuals to collect information related to the background and current state of mind. When the interviewee is answering the questions, the professional pays close attention to his verbal as well as non-verbal clues. The response of the interviewee is also evaluated based on his tone and voice inflections. Normally, the psychologist asks questions pertaining to specific questions, situations, and statements. Based on the way the interview responds to the specific questions, the psychologist determines the required steps and measures. However, the psychological assessment can be conducted through both structured and unstructured interviews. 

Formal Observation: Similar to interviewing their clients, many psychologists also prefer to observe the person in a formal manner. The intentional and unintentional behavior of the individual can indicate his mental health to the psychologist. However, the person can be observed formally with or without any prior intimation or knowledge. The professionals also specifically observe how an individual is behaving under certain circumstances and also interacting with others. Some psychologist even prefers this method of mental health screening to the interviews. While observing the individual, professional psychologists can determine the required mental health services. 

Psychological Testing: Often, our psychological assessment also consists of a set of formal tests. These psychological tests are used as an effective medium to measure an individuals' mental health based on their intelligence, talents, and specific aptitudes. Normally, an individual has to go through a series of tests to measure his personality, intelligence quotient (IQ), ability, and preferences. After each test, the psychologist collects specific information and data. The information and data gathered after individual psychological tests are combined to evaluate the mental health of the person. However, some of the tests are specifically carried out to eliminate certain mental health services. 

Informal Assessment: In addition to the formal interviews, observations, and tests, psychologists of My Fit Brain also like to carry out an informal psychological assessment. We normally decide the need for an informal assessment only after evaluating the information and data collected through the formal methods. We also meet the concerned individual to determine the additional mental health services needed by him. Informal assessment techniques are commonly used for children. Based on the information and data collected from the parents, a psychologist decides the further services required by the child. 

Difference Psychological Assessment and Psychological Testing 

In general, conscious or unconscious, the whole counseling process or testing process is termed as a psychological assessment, but that is not true. Even sometimes, psychological assessment and psychological testing is treated in the same context.

In actuality, there is much difference between psychological assessment and psychological testing.

Assessment is an integral part of day-to-day life, while in the context of counseling, it is one of the important works of the counselor. All proceeding, accuracy, result, remedies depend on assessment.

Psychological assessment is a process that involves the integration of information from multiple sources, such as tests related to ability, intelligence, interests, or attitudes, as well as information from personal interviews.

It is an initial process of counseling that leads to the foundation of the effectiveness of the counseling process. 

A complete psychological assessment should include:

  • Bio psychological history
  • Neurological assessment
  • Psychological testing and
  • Physical examination

Here it can be said that psychological testing is one of the parts of psychological assessment.

Psychological testing is a standard procedure of measurement designed to measure characteristics, abilities, personality, etc. Psychological tests are written, visual, or verbal evaluations administered to assess children and adults' cognitive and emotional functioning.

In psychological testing, one aspect is the collection of information, while psychological assessment covers every aspect of the collection of information. That means assessment is a broader term, while testing is a narrower term.

Assessment is a process of collecting information through various techniques, while a test is a standardized procedure to collect information and part of the process of assessment.

Information collected about the client's behavior is more accurate and is detailed in assessment, while information is collected via test.

The assessment process combines and evaluates all the information gathered about an individual, while a test provides only a part of the picture about a person.

Testing and assessment have been important foundations of counseling and applied psychology. Tests have important roles both as tools to facilitate the goals of counseling and for assessment. 

Types of Psychological tests  

Achievement/IQ Tests:

The achievement test measures one's knowledge and ability, while the IQ test measures intelligence and other cognitive faculties. A standardized test is the most frequent instance of an achievement test that provides insight into the respondent's knowledge and abilities in a certain field of expertise or a certain grade level. In these psychological tests, the respondent is given a collection of tasks; in conclusion, the respondent will be graded according to the given guidelines. 

Aptitude Tests:

Aptitude tests assess a test taker's potential for learning or ability to perform in a new job or situation. Aptitude tests measure the product of cumulative life experiences—or what one has acquired over time. They help determine what "maximum" can be expected from a person. Schools, businesses, and government agencies often use it to predict how well someone will perform or to estimate the extent to which an individual will profit from a specific course of training. 

Attitude Tests:

These psychological tests attempt to assess the respondent's response towards a certain event, item, or a different person. In the marketing industry, attitude ranks or scales are used to find out the group or individual preferences for brands or items. Generally, either a Likert or even a Thurstone scale is used in these types of tests. 

Neuropsychological Tests:

These include a series of carefully designed activities that are known to trigger one's psychological response, which is believed to be linked to a typical neural pathway or a particular brain structure. These psychological evaluations can primarily be utilized in a clinical/medical context so as to find out impairment of someone's neurocognitive functioning that might have been a consequence of an injury or an illness. 

Personality Tests:

Personality tests measure human character or disposition. The first personality tests were designed to assess and predict clinical disorders. These tests remain useful today for determining who needs counseling and who will benefit from treatment programs. Newer personality tests measure "normal" personality traits. 

They are either projective (replies are more subjective and unrestricted to some scale or step) or objective tests (mostly comprising true/false responses; responses that are limited to a scale). 

Observation Tests:

These tests are used for research work as it allows for observing the behavior of the respondent as they complete specific tasks and actions given. Examples are a test to determine the parent-child relationship or analyzing the basic symptoms of ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) in a child with the help of a test conducted inside a controlled atmosphere. 

Benefits of Psychological Testing 

The benefits of psychological testing in clinical practice are many. 

  • First, it allows one to identify potential risk factors for a disorder or illness and work towards reducing or eliminating them. 
  • Second, it allows for the detection of early warning signs of physiological or mental illness and early intervention to prevent the onset of serious health problems. 
  • Third, it may point to ways of reinforcing positive behaviors in patients with psychiatric disorders or other behavioral problems and improve their coping skills. 
  • Finally, the results can help in creating an environment where people with psychiatric disorders feel more comfortable and confident in their own skin.

The process of psychological assessment is based on the principle that there are normal and abnormal levels of psychological functioning. We all have some degree of "normal" psychological functioning-a capacity for which we are genetically programmed. But there are people whose psychological assessments and evaluations suggest that they may be atypical in their ability to function normally in several daily activities. 

That is, their psychological profiles appear to fall outside the normal range for normal psychological functioning. For example, someone with anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder who cannot stop thinking about death or losing control would be a prime candidate for a medical diagnosis of personality disorder. 

Importance of Psychological Testing 

Psychological Assessment Tests often consist of tests like self-report questionnaires, multiple-choice questions, and true or false questions, which assist in finding valid insights about the candidates' hidden psychological qualities.

Among the greatest challenges in mass recruiting is ensuring only the right-fit applicants have been selected whenever you need to oversee hundreds of job seekers applying for a specific job. Online Psychological Assessment evaluations by My Fit Brain are intended to specifically meet such mass campus hiring needs and are highly favored over traditional hiring methods. This procedure helps filter out candidates who haven't yet acquired the skills or cognitive abilities required to transition to work life. This way, recruiters are able to save time, money, and effort by interviewing the most deserving candidates only. 

These tests also help in the lateral hiring of workers by assessing their mental abilities and associated skills that come with age and work experience. Organizations also use psychological assessment to assist workers who are in need of training or support. These tests may be customized to assess specific traits of a worker, making it increasingly simple and effective to handle their training and development demands for improved productivity and better quality work and private life. 

Characteristics of Psychological Testing 

These are five characteristics of psychological testing 

1. Objective: 

The test ought to be free of subjective—judgment regarding the skills, ability, knowledge, trait, or potentiality to be measured and evaluated. 

2. Reliable: 

It implies the extent to which the results obtained are consistent or dependable. After the tests are administered on the same sample for more than once with a sensible gap of time, a good test will yield the same results. It means that the test is reliable.  

3. Validity: 

It pertains to the extent to which the test measures what it intends to measure. For instance, when an intelligent evaluation is designed to rate the intelligence, it should evaluate the intelligence of the individual, not other factors. Validity clarifies us whether the test fulfills the objective of its creation. 

4. Norms: 

It refers to the average performance of a representative sample on a particular test. Norm gives a picture of the average standard of a specific sample in a specific aspect.  

5. Practicability: 

The test must be practicable at - time required for completion, the length, number of items or questions, grading, etc. The test should not be too lengthy or hard to answer. 

Why Choose Us? 

My Fit Brain is an independent online practice comprised of the highest caliber psychologists offering the service of psychological assessment and testing on a wide range of matters for our clients. We have a special interest in various psychological issues faced by people and a commitment to creating the capability and capacity of our psychologists to help address this need.

My Fit Brain provides a clinically designed assessment that gives precise and equated psychological evaluation test results supplemented with comprehensive analytics. We provide over 300 validated tests for assessment that has been utilized to appraise thousands of applicants nationwide. Our psychological evaluation services help you find candidates with desirable personality traits through assessing multiple choice questions, fill in the blanks, short descriptive answers, true or false questions, and more.

We also offer a number of psychological and educational assessments for children as well as adults to aid, diagnose, and create intervention plans, if required. All of My Fit Brain's psychologists are registered with the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI). 

Top features of My Fit Brain 

  • Administers tests and filters desirable traits in applicants
  • Delivers tests online
  • Gives a remote proctoring option
  • Removes judgment-based decision making while hiring candidates
  • We provide assessment in three easy steps, i.e., entails catalog selection, candidate mapping, and the last step is the test delivery.

The top features of tests designed by experts at My Fit Brain are:

  • Choices to customize
  • competency-based assessments
  • Secure evaluation and test delivery
  • User-friendly test experience

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