Using cognitive ability in personnel selection: Implications for diversity in organizations

Viswesvaran, C., Ones, D. S., & Dilchert, S.
In F. Avallone, H. K. Sinangil, & A. Caetano (Eds.),
Identity and diversity in organizations (pp. 185-191).
Milan, Italy: Guerini Studio.

Cognitive ability is a powerful predictor in personnel selection. It has been repeatedly shown to have strong criterion related validity for job performance across situations, jobs, organizations and settings. However, there are large mean differences in cognitive ability across racial groups. In this paper, we review findings, clarify some terms, and discuss the implications of these group differences for organizational diversity composition. We conclude with a discussion of alternatives proposed to address these issues.