These may include written psychological tests designed to predict employees who are more likely to do things the employer doesn’t want to deal with, like request an accommodation for a disability. Such employers may be trying to determine whether a potential employee will steal or embezzle money, and/or tolerate such behavior from others, or even file a workers compensation claim. In some situations, such tests are allowed. However, in many cases, employers are prohibited from generally testing employees to determine honesty.
An integrity test is a type of personality test designed to determine a job applicant’s tendency to be reliable. A lack of integrity is believed to be associated with such behaviors as fraud, theft, violence, sabotage, drug use, disciplinary problems, absenteeism and other negative activity. Integrity tests can function as a risk management tool, as they may help the employer determine whether certain applicants create a higher risk of engaging in these adverse behaviors based on their responses to the integrity test.