Physical Countermeasures – Written Test

thCAEX2EWXRemember always tell the truth and you will not need this article, but here is the information anyway.


The Paper & pencil test measures of honesty are quickly becoming the number one method for pre-employment screening. These so called “integrity tests” are used a lot for weeding out undesirable job candidates in the business world.

These test fall into two categories: overt honesty tests assess a person’s attitude toward the problems of dishonesty in the workplace by asking, for example for opinions about how honest or dishonest the average person is and how honest or dishonest the test taker sees himself as compared to the average person ( “I believe that most people are generally honest,” or “compared to other people I feel I am fairly honest”), broader-based personality tests on the other hand, measure a broader range of traits, such as employee reliability, deviance, social conformity, loyalty, initiative and hostility to rules.



The major flaw of these integrity tests is that in order to pass you must exhibit a punitive and authoritarian personality. If a question asks “do you believe that an individual who takes a pen home from work is a thief?”  To pass, you must answer, “yes” because the test developers consider even these small crimes to be unacceptable.  The rational is that someone who commits or condones small crimes will progress to bigger and bigger crimes.

Another typical question is: “The department store where you work has a strict policy of destroying all damaged merchandise so that they can collect the insurance for it. One day, a well-liked and reliable but financially struggling five-year employee is caught at a dumpster removing disposable diapers from their damaged boxes so that he can take home for his new baby girl.  Should he be treated as a shoplifter?”  Once again, if you want to pass this question, you have to answer, “Yes”.  The rational that a thief will be unlikely to recommend harsh punishment for acts he might commit himself, and he will probably also contend that most people are just as dis honest as he is.

That may be true, but what about those people who are naturally lenient and are more likely to, “give the guy a break?” Are they to be less trusted employees?  Will they be less productive?  Less reliable?  And what about people who have a cynical nature, those who don’t trust their fellow man and are always looking for ulterior motives?

Would you like to see how you might rate on an honesty test? ANSWER TRUTHFULLY!!!!!!

  1. An employer discovers that a trusted, long-term employee has been taking home one or two dollars a week from the, “coffee fund.” Should the employer have him arrested? YES or NO
    1. How should an employee caught smoking marijuana on the job be handled?
    2. Ignored / Warned / Suspended / Fired / Arrested
    3. What percentage of your friends would you rate as really honest? 
    4. 95% / 80% / 50% / 20% / 10% / or less
  • What percentage of employees do you believe takes small things from employers from time to time? 95% / 80% / 50% / 20% / 10% / or less


  2. What percentage of people do you believe cheat on income tax returns?
  3. 95% / 80% / 50% / 20% / 10% / or less


How do you think you do? If you answered, “yes,” “arrested,” “95%,” “10% or less” you stand a good chance of passing one of these tests.  If your answers were different, you are in trouble.  Remember, to pass a test like this, you must never admit anything.  As Dr. Philip Ash, research director for the Reid organization explained: “Incredible as it may seem, applicants in significant numbers do admit to practically every crime in the books.”

You must also remember to answer all the questions like taking something (no matter how small) is always a crime, people who take things are criminals, and criminals should be arrested and locked up for as long as possible. Adopting this kind of attitude is the safest way to pass a so-called integrity test.


So there you go enjoy this two part article and until next time..


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