WEBselex® for Information Technology
Information | Validity
Bottom Line Results
This Web-based pre-employment assessment provides an extremely effective prescreen for a broad range of IT positions. It has been effectively used to improve average levels of technical performance, teamwork, retention in the job, and professional growth.
Appropriate Jobs
This predictor assessment is appropriate for entry-level and mid-level information technology positions. The instrument has been validated on samples including a broad range of titles such as programmers, systems analysts, database managers, and IT project managers.

Assessment Description
WEBselex for Information Technology is a biodata predictor assessment. Biodata are job-relevant measures of success within the context of a person's past and present circumstances. Biodata items are used to collect the same types of information as may be legally collected through traditional job applications. Some multiple-choice biodata items ask about a person's achievements in school, community, or prior work settings. Other biodata items ask about work attitudes, goals, vocational interests, preferences for working alone or in groups, and other job-relevant variables.

This assessment was developed using MCAP (Multiple Criterion Antecedent Procedure), e-Selex.comís proprietary method for developing biodata to predict specific job outcomes. The MCAP method discovers the life history antecedents underlying the development of worker characteristics that determine job success. The method involves three types of analyses to collect information that may be used for both criterion development and predictor development. These analyses are: 1) Organization Analysis, 2) Worker-Oriented Job Analysis, and 3) Person Analysis.

The predictor items for this assessment were developed over a ten-year period, beginning in 1990. Items from this assessment have been used for positions at several organizations. The scoring for these items has been refined and improved with each application.

The WEBselex for Information Technology predictor assessment contains 100 items. The items are multiple-choice ranging from 4 to 10 response options. An average applicant for these positions can complete the assessment in 40 minutes or less.

Predicted Work Outcomes
The WEBselex for Information Technology assessment predicts five independent work outcomes.

Technical Problem Solving - Defined as using analytic skills to define complex problems and find creative technical solutions, producing high quality work, even under stress, and solving problems independently.

Teamwork - Defined as developing cooperative working relationships, sharing information openly with co-workers, and accepting accountability for work.

Programming and Writing - Defined as effectively designing and maintaining work plans and specifications, efficiently writing high quality code, and coordinating project work.

Retention - Defined as commitment to the company, stability in the job and likelihood of remaining with the company.

Growth - Defined as pursuing learning and professional development through challenging assignments, self-study and professional groups.

The numerical scores for each outcome predicted by the assessment are presented graphically as standard scores. The overall hiring recommendation rating is presented using a 5-point scale.

Validity Findings
e-Selex.com collects validity data for the WEBselex biodata assessments on an ongoing basis. One example is an independent study completed on a sample of information technology positions at a large financial institution. The criterion measures were performance factors based on supervisor ratings. When each of the five predictor scale scores were correlated against their respective target criterion factors, the resulting coefficients ranged from the upper .30s to the mid .40s.

Assessment Norms
Assessment norms are based on an aggregated national sample of qualified applicants for information technology positions.


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