Some jobs require prospective employees to complete psychological testing prior to employment. These jobs are often high stress or high risk jobs that require considerable training, and employers want to maximize the likelihood that candidates will be successful.
Although there are a number of areas that could be evaluated, two of the more common areas to assess are personality functioning and psychopathology. These areas of functioning are not necessarily specific to a particular job, but they provide an assessment of the applicant’s general level of adjustment. The evaluation can identify the presence of psychological vulnerabilities and areas of psychological strength, which can help one to adapt in challenging environments.
If the psychological evaluation identifies any areas of concern, recommendations will be made to help the job applicant achieve a greater level of stability, thereby having a better chance for successful employment.