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Pre-Employment Testing and Big Data Are Not the Same

Written by Josh Millet

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For some time, just about every industry was raving about the potential of Big Data – the process of analyzing enormous data sets to discover patterns and trends that can then be used to guide business decisions. In the world of HR, the discourse on Big Data became so prevalent that the term started to be used as a catch-all description for any type of predictive analytics in the hiring process. But long before the concept of “Big Data” took off, companies who favored data-driven, evidence-based hiring methodologies were using pre-employment tests to gather information on prospective employees. And while pre-employment testing may be an older, more established way of gathering data on job candidates, it differs in several critical ways (both ethical and practical) from Big Data.

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