How Benchmarks Are Established
There are Three Methods
of creating a benchmark with The Achiever:
Through testing and analysis of an employer’s top performers in a job category
or categories. The employer identifies the top performers in a job category and
tests them with The Achiever. The Achiever scores for each individual are plotted
and the scores for the group are statistically analyzed to determine the mental
aptitudes and personality traits the group has in common. This analysis results
in the benchmark for the job category. This approach is also termed a concurrent
The Achiever industrial database contains benchmarks that have been derived from
the scores of successful performers in hundreds of job categories and industries
in organizations across America.
The job description and/or job function is reviewed relative to The Achiever Benchmarking
Questionnaire. This review results in a benchmark based on the job description.
Option 1, the concurrent validation method, is the preferred approach. This option
validates the use of The Achiever within a specific employer, providing additional
insurance against claims of adverse impact. However, a concurrent validation study
is not always possible due to limited number of top performers in a job category.
When a concurrent study cannot be done, options 2 and 3 are viable alternatives.
Why Test Applicants With The Achiever