According to the Wall Street Journal, some employers are now requesting SAT scores from job candidates. The SAT, originally known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test, is generally taken during junior or senior year of high school. Scores from standardized tests, such as the SAT, have always been common elements of college applications, but are these scores relevant when entering the workforce years later?
Kevin Monahan, a career -services dean at Carnegie Mellon University, finds this news disagreeable. “It is a little confounding how a test somebody took when they were 17 predicts success in a competitive workplace when they’re 22,” Monahan said. But this is not just happening to students straight out of college. Candidates who have been in the workforce for quite some time are also being asked to disclose standardized test scores. Stephen R. Morse, 28, was “shocked” when a potential employer asked for his SAT score. Morse was so taken aback, that he decided to pass on the specific employment opportunity.
Of course, perspective employees with high SAT scores are more than willing to share this information. They may even already have it listed on their resume or LinkedIn page. Is someone with a high SAT score from 1995 a better candidate than someone with a lower SAT score but much more work experience?
A more accurate assessment of potential employees can be found in social media investigation. The use of social media as a tool for interpersonal communication has skyrocketed within the past decade. The benefits of exploring social media are endless. Not only is social media up to date in real time, but it is also a great place to find out about an individual’s character, recent behaviors, and more. Social media content is far more relevant than aged test scores when screening potential employees.
Many employers avoid the use of social media background screening for fear of liability issues, but as long as employers follow the guidelines put in place by the FTC, they have nothing to worry about.
Find out more about pre-employment social media background screenings here.