Personality Tests



I have been out of HR for several years and
am getting back into the field - I am trying to find out what has
changed.  I have found more and more companies are requiring
online "personality" tests before granting face to face
interviews.  This is obviously after "passing" the initial phone


When I was actively involved in HR, it was illegal to make hiring decisions based solely
on these kinds of tests.  Is that still the case?   As
it would be difficult to prove in court that your decision was not
based solely on the outcome of the personality test, aren't these
companies running a significant risk of a law suit by
putting the personality test at this stage of the interview process?


Please be clear, I am not asking because I want to sue anybody - I am asking for my own edification.




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