THE USE OF DATA BASED ON THE POSITION ANALYSIS QUESTIONNAIRE IN DEVELOPING SYNTHETICALLY-DERIVED ATTRIBUTE REQUIREMENTS OF JOBS.
PURDUE UNIV LAFAYETTE IND OCCUPATIONAL RESEARCH CENTER
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A sample of 179 positions were used. These represented 90 jobs for which test score data were available from the U.S. Employment Service on most of the nine tests of the General Aptitude Test Battery GATB. For each such job, two criterion values were used as indications of the relevance of a given test to the job one of these was the mean test score of people on the job, and the other was the coefficient of validity of the test. Two methods of deriving job requirements were used. One of these consisted of a regression analysis using scores to predict the two criteria this method resulted in rather substantial multiple correlations with both criteria for most of the GATB tests. The other method consisted of deriving job attribute indexes for each of 67 attributes these having been based on ratings, and subsequently correlating these across the 179 positions, with the two criterion values for each test. This method resulted in lower, and more variable correlations with both criteria. The results of the first analysis suggest quite strongly the possibility of being able to develop valid sets of job requirements on the basis of essentially job data such as that obtained with the Position Analysis Questionnaire PAQ. Author
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations