Are you focused enough at work?

An article from the BBC News website yesterday looks at a new computer test that can find out how easily distracted job applicants are.

The benefits relate to jobs where high levels of concentration are needed, e.g. pilots and bus drivers.

The technique is a form of psychometric testing and uses a series of similar letter puzzles flashed up on a computer screen, measuring the response time for each one.

The designers believe there is no way of doctoring the results - fine, but, are the tests likely to be conducted under perfect conditions?

Find out more about 'distractibility' in Employee test 'spots inattention'.


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