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Tools of the Trade

Eight Processes for Gathering Data

Knowing what you are looking for is one thing; working out how best to see it is another. For this, you need the tools of the trade: the measurement methods, tests, and instruments that enable you to assess both the standard signs of talent, such as intelligence and personality, and the different types of fit. You will already be familiar with many of these tools. Yet just as with what to measure, there are some common misperceptions about how to measure and which tools are best to use.

In this chapter, we look at eight major measurement methods, from everyday methods, such as interviews, to deeply technical ones, such as psychometrics and situational judgment tests. For each method, we ...

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