THE CONTROVERSY OVER SCORE BANDING IN PERSONNEL SELECTION: ANSWERS TO 10 KEY QUESTIONS

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  • This article is based on a panel discussion by the same title presented at the meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology in Dallas, Texas (April, 1998).

and requests for reprints should be addressed to Michael A. Campion, Krannert Graduate School of Management, Purdue University, 1310 Krannert Building, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1310; campionm@mgmt.purdue.edu.

Abstract

A particular form of test score banding, in which bands are based on the reliability of the test and in which selection within bands takes into account criteria that are likely to enhance workforce diversity, has been proposed as an alternative to the traditional top-down (rank-order) hiring systems, but it has been hotly debated among both scientists and practitioners. In a question-and-answer format, this article presents three different viewpoints (proponents, critics, and neutral observers) on the scientific, legal, and practical issues. The article also attempts to seek some consensus among experts on this controversial procedure.

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