EEOC Issues Fact Sheet on Employment Tests and Selection Procedures to Screen Applicants, Workers


Employers often use tests and selection procedures to identify qualified applicants or to promote

current employees. These tests might include cognitive tests, physical ability tests, sample job

tasks, medical examinations, criminal and credit background checks, and English proficiency


On December 3, 2007, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") issued a

lengthy fact sheet addressing such screening procedures. In the fact sheet, the EEOC recognized

that administering various employment tests can be an effective means of selecting the most

qualified candidate for a particular job, as well as efficiently screening large numbers of online

applicants. The EEOC also suggested that employers are increasingly using certain forms of preemployment

testing due to post 9-11 security concerns.

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