Fidelity

Fidelity is the degree or precision to which something is reproduced. In the context of assessment, it is the degree to which a measure represents or replicates actual features of the focal job. While simulations vary in their level of fidelity, as a group one of their major benefits is their ability to achieve greater fidelity than other assessments types. Giving applicants an assessment with tasks that closely resemble actual features of the jobs for which they are being considered is not possible with more traditional assessment types. Fidelity can be considered a continuum, running from low to high. Traditional personality and intelligence tests typically fall at the low end of the continuum as these are usually not job-specific and do not typically measure constructs in the same manner in which they are needed on the job. At the other end of the continuum are more specific work-sample and performance tests, such as those used for air traffic controllers to simulate real work environments (e.g., monitor radar, interact with pilots, use real equipment) which immerse applicants in the job.

 
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