“Personal Attribute” Assessments for Higher Education Admissions. Patrick Kyllonen, Director Center For New Constructs ETS firstname.lastname@example.org. Kyllonen, P.C. (May, 2009). “Personal Attribute” Assessments for Higher Education Admissions. Colloquium. Catholic University, Santiago, Chile.
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“Personal Attribute” Assessments for Higher Education Admissions
Patrick Kyllonen, DirectorCenter For New ConstructsETS
Kyllonen, P.C. (May, 2009). “Personal Attribute” Assessments for Higher Education Admissions. Colloquium. Catholic University, Santiago, Chile.
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The setting is a manufacturing plant facing a personnel shortage. Employees are working excessive amounts of overtime and morale is low. (5-15 pages of further description.) You are the Human Resources Manager. What do you do?
Situational Judgment Problems (3 subproblems each)
Immediately hire 200 new workers (rate 1-7)
Meet with unit heads to discuss strategies (rate 1-7)
Case scenario problems
What is the main problem?
What would you do to address the main problem?
What information did you focus on?
What outcome do you expect? What obstacles?
You’ve been assigned to work on a project for a day with a fellow employee whom you really dislike. He is rude, lazy, and rarely does a proper job. What would be the best thing for you to do?
___Tell the worker that you think he is worthless.
___Warn the worker that, if he is not “on his toes” today, you will complain to the supervisor.
___Avoid all conversation and eye contact with the other worker.
___Be polite to the other worker and try to maintain as business-like a manner as possible so that hopefully he will follow your example for the day.
___Tell your supervisor that you refuse to work with this man.
___The project is going to be impossible to accomplish with this worker, so you may as well not even try--you can always blame your bad work partner.
___See if you can convince one of your friends to take your place and work with this employee.
___Demand a raise from your supervisor; you should not have to tolerate these conditions.
12 dimension taxonomy
VII. Social responsibility, citizenship and involvement
VIII. Physical and psychological health
IX. Career orientation
X. Adaptability and life skills
XII. Ethics and integrity
I. Knowledge, learning, mastery of general principles
II. Continuous learning, intellectual interest and curiosity
III. Artistic cultural appreciation and curiosity
IV. Multicultural tolerance and appreciation
VI. Interpersonal skills
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12 dimension taxonomy
An important class project you have been working on with a group of other students is not developing as it should because of petty differences and the need of some members to satisfy their own agenda. How would you proceed? (mark “most” and “least” likely to do)
__Try to solve the group problems before starting on the work.
__Work hard by yourself to make sure the project is finished, taking on others’ share of the work if necessary.
__Talk to the professor and get suggestions about solving the problem. If that doesn’t work, try to switch groups or have an independent project.
__Schedule a number of meetings, forcing the group to interact.
__Take charge and delegate tasks to each person. Make them responsible for their part of the project.
__Talk to the group and demand that they start working together.
How many times in the past year have you tried to get someone to join an activity in which you were involved or leading?
a. Never; b. Once; c. Twice; d. 3 or 4 times; e. 5 times or more.
12 dimension taxonomy
PPI scales and items
Accepts feedback without getting defensive
Works well under stress
Can overcome challenges and setbacks
Works extremely hard
Planning and Organization
Sets realistic goals
Organizes work and time effectively
Makes plans and sticks to them
Ethics and Integrity
Is among the most honest persons I know
Maintains high ethical standards
Is worthy of trust from others
Knowledge and Creativity
Has a broad perspective on the field
Is among the brightest persons I know
Produces novel ideas
Is intensely curious about the field
Speaks in a clear, organized, and logical manner
Writes with precision and style
Speaks in a way that is interesting
Organizes writing well
Supports the efforts of others
Behaves in an open and friendly manner
Works well in group settings
Gives criticism/feedback to others in a helpful way