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Firms use personality tests for best graduates
'Blue chip companies are using psychometric personality tests to select graduate employees because they no longer trust university degrees, a report says today. They blame grade inflation - 57 per cent of students graduated with a first or 2:1 last year - and the wide variation in standards between universities. Some firms and public services recruiting the highest number of graduates are also introducing verbal and numerical reasoning tests. "Degree qualifications are not a reliable indicator of this aptitude, unfortunately," one recruiter told the annual Graduate Recruitment Summer Review. More than nine in 10 employers said they believed psychometric testing of such attributes as logical thinking, ability under pressure and "emotional intelligence" was a useful way of assessing candidates. Soft skills" such as leadership, communication and decision making are increasingly giving candidates the edge.' - The Telegraph