JobsFirstNYC, a youth workforce intermediary, recently released a report, Online but Disconnected: Young Adults' Experiences with Online Job Applications. The report documents the impact of pre-employment personality assessments on young adult jobseekers.
As applications migrated online, employment and training organizations reported that young jobseekers in New York City were finding it more difficult to be hired. Although pre-employment personality tests are likely to be unreliable, invalid, illegal and ineffective, employers nonetheless use them to screen millions of job applicants each year. These tests have become a major obstacle to employment for young adults.
JobsFirstNYC began an in-depth, five-year investigation documenting the impact of pre-employment personality assessments. Key findings from JobsFirstNYC's original research include:
JobsFirstNYC is a youth workforce intermediary working to reduce the number of out of school, out of work and underemployed young adults in New York City by building cross-sector partnerships to meet the demands of the economy, increasing local capacity and leveraging community assets, advancing best practices through public policy, and raising consciousness about the economic barriers that young adults face.