I don't think it's a vendor pushing this testing. As a business owener, we have now implemented three phases to our hiring process. It's all because of one thing...lawsuits. I'm involved with a business club of sorts where we talk confidentially about matters we are all having and what we can do to fix them. Everyone is running into the same problem with employees and unfortunately in order to protect ourselves we are having people run through hoops.
Here are some of the signs business are looking or through these tests and checks:
* The phsych test is to get the problem people not even to come on board. Even though I have done this route in the past it doesn't always work. I had an employee once who threatened a reporter saying they were going to be shot with their gun. I stopped using the test.
* Background checks are more than just criminal now. Businesses are using them to see how well you manage your own funds based on your credit score. I believe this part is an invasion of privacy - personal oppinion. But the other thing that they are looking for here is have you sued anyone - especially a former employer.
* We do writing tests to make sure the applicant can actually do what they say. In the past we've had people submit work that was not thier's for samples of work.
I'll agree that some business are taking it to extremes but it's all because they are getting hurt. Running a business is not easy and for me, I give up a lot for my employees and I've been burned a couple of times. Unfortunately, what should have been a laid back fun atmosphere in my company starts to lean towards cold and calice.