Berke has a long commitment to developing valid tests for assessing job-related abilities, skills, and traits. To ensure that our research approach adheres to the standards outlined in the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures (UGESP; EEOC, 1978), we have updated our voluntary demographic survey where participants can report their gender, age, education, race/ethnicity, and primary language at the end of every assessment.
All candidates are asked the questions shown above. Candidates can answer all, some, or none of the questions. Participation is not required and is not used by Berke for scoring or reporting.
Why is Berke collecting this data?
Berke collects candidate demographics to ensure the assessment complies with non-discrimination laws and does not have an adverse impact on any particular race/ethnicity or gender. This data may also be used for academic research purposes to continually improve our assessment service. This information will remain confidential and will not be used for any purposes other than those stated above. All information collected is restricted to viewing by members of our Assessment Team at Berke. It will not be available for any employer.
What is Berke doing with the information?
The data collected are used to help determine if unlawful employment practices are being committed. Our Assessment Team will analyze the data to ensure that protected groups are not adversely impacted by our questions or scoring. The data collected will be used only as statistical summaries, and not to identify the person or business whose details were recorded in the questionnaire. Only the information as a whole, summarizing all applicants will be used by the research team. No individual employee information will be included.
Details on how/where we use such data or information (in accordance with the EEOC guidelines) can be obtained at the following URL: Section 4B, Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedure (1978); 43 FR 38295(August 25, 1978). Retrieved from http://uniformguidelines.com/uniformguidelines.html#16
How will this affect my assessment process?
The demographics data will not be available for any employer to see. All procedures and reports will remain the same. Our preliminary analysis shows that the demographics questions add less than one minute to the assessment time. There will be no impact on a participant’s assessment if they choose not to answer any of these questions. The data collected does not affect results in any way.
Can my business opt out?
Yes. Please contact our Success team at firstname.lastname@example.org to disable candidate demographics.