Biographical Data

Definition - What does Biographical Data mean?

Biographical data consists of information regarding an individual’s past. Biographical data includes information about an individual’s personality, attitudes, experiences, and skills. This type of information has been found to be a strong indicator of future performance. Biographical data may also be referred to as biodata, biographical information, or personal history data.

WorkplaceTesting explains Biographical Data

In the workplace setting biographical data is collected and analyzed in order to assess an employee’s potential fit for a particular job. Biographical data may also be used to assist an employer in making decisions regarding a specific employee’s promotion or placement within an organization. Biographical data may be collected in by an initial employment application and interview or through targeted surveys intended to identify broad personality characteristics as well as specific skills or traits. Combining quantitative and qualitative information, a biographical data set will include information about an individual’s past behavior and experience, work style and approach, and personal ethical and moral framework.

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