Psychometric Testing Could Have Prevented Rob Ford As Mayor

rob-ford-ideal-candidateWell, Rob Ford did it again (allegedly). Toronto now has the distinction of having an acting mayor that’s been caught smoking crack on tape not once, but twice (allegedly).

When you’ve been parodied on Saturday Night Livelampooned on The Daily Show, and featured on David Letterman’s Top 10 list, you know you’ve made it.

At Ideal Candidate, we’re big advocates of psychometric assessment and data-backed decision making. Although Rob Ford was democratically elected as mayor, let’s conduct a fun thought experiment on how psychometric testing could have prevented Rob from getting the job.

Here’s how Ford scores on four common characteristics of psychometric assessment:

Although this exercise was tongue-in-cheek, the serious takeaway is that psychometric assessments can help identify the strengths and weaknesses of any job candidate, before they’re in your office. Even mayoral ones.

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Ji-A Min

Ji-A Min

Head Data Scientist at Ideal
Ji-A Min is the Head Data Scientist at Ideal. With a Master’s in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Ji-A promotes best practices and data-based recruitment. She writes about trends and research in talent acquisition, HR tech, and people analytics.
Ji-A Min