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Employment Inventory Research

The PDI Employment Inventory (EI) is designed to identify applicants who will become productive hourly employees and who will stay on the job voluntarily at least three months. It measures personality characteristics that underlie the continuum of productive, unproductive, and counterproductive job behaviors. Among others, these characteristics include dependability, responsibility, and conscientiousness--dimensions of hourly job performance that affect success in many jobs.

Numerous validation studies have shown that the EI successfully identifies productive, dependable workers in a variety of jobs and work settings. Personnel Decisions, Inc. (PDI) and researchers at various universities have conducted over 140 validity studies involving more than a third of a million people in a wide range of companies located throughout North America. Industries involved have run the gamut: retail, transportation, quick service restaurants, grocery, health care, manufacturing, gas stations, and airlines. Consistently, the studies have confirmed that job applicants who get higher EI scores are more likely to be reliable, conscientious, stable employees.

The decision whether or not to use the EI as a pre-employment test for a particular job is best made with a thorough job analysis. Its use as a selection tool is most appropriate in positions that require a high level of dependable and productive behavior, together with lower levels of other skills and abilities. Most often, these are jobs which can be learned quickly, in which simply being reliable contributes in large part to job success. The more important that productive behaviors are to the job, the greater the weight the employer should give to the applicant's EI in the selection process.

Easy to administer and score, the EI requires no psychological or test-related degree or other professional qualifications of the test administrator. Anyone from a hiring office can be trained to administer and score the EI appropriately. Unlike the more general personality inventories with numerous scale scores which each require interpretation, the EI produces only two scores--Performance and Tenure.

This manual is the main source of information for EI administrator training. It contains detailed instructions on what to say to applicants and how to answer typical questions, ensure the security of the test materials, and score the Inventory using a disk-based PC.

CONTENTS
PDI EMPLOYMENT INVENTORY

    Introduction
      Purpose and Features of the PDI Employment Inventory

    Employment Inventory Background

      Personality Test Approach
      Situation Analysis
      Measuring Productivity
      The EI Predictor Constructs
      From Constructs to EI Scales and Items
      Item Selection
      Validity Results

    Description and Use of the EI

      Use of the EI in Employee Selection

    Normative Data

      Score Interpretation
      Cutoff Scores
      Use of the Norm Table

    Reliability
    Validity

      Content Validity
      Subsequent Criterion-related Validation Studies
      Meta Analysis
      Construct Validity
      Factor Analysis
      Practical Outcomes Deriving from Validity

    Adverse Impact and Fairness

PDI CUSTOMER SERVICE INVENTORY

    Introduction
      Purpose of the PDI Customer Service Inventory
      Features of the CSI

    Customer Service Inventory Background

      Facets of Customer Service
      Personality Measurement
      Development of the CSI
      Administration of the Experimental CSI

    Description and Use of the CSI

      Use of the CSI in Employee Selection

    Normative Data

      Score Interpretation

    Reliability
    Validity

      Content Validity
      Criterion-related Validity
      Factor Analysis
      Adverse Impact and Fairness

REFERENCE
ADMINISTERING AND SCORING THE EI AND CSI

    Directions for Administering the EI and CSI
      Administrative Script
      Answering Applicant Questions
      Glossary of Words and Phrases
      How to Use the Score Interpretation GuideLines
      Points to Remember

EI-SALES SCALE INVENTORY

    Introduction
      Purposes and Features of the Employment Inventory-Sales Scale
      Various Forms

    Background

      Personality test approach
      Predicting Behavior
      History of Sales Selection
      Sales and Customer Service

    What the EI Sales Scale Does Not Measure

      Sales Predictor Constructs
      Item Selection
      Validity Results

    Description and Use of the Employment Inventory-Sales Scale

      Use of the EI-Sales Scale in Employee Selection
      One Part of the Selection System
      Adverse Impact

    Normative Data

      Score Interpretation
      Cutoff Scores
      Use of Norm Tables
      Reliability

INTERPRETATION GUIDELINES

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Employment Inventory Research