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Psy 435 What is a Position Analysis Questionnaire and how could the information be used




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What is a Posion Analysis Quesonnaire and how could the informaon be used to help
organizaonal leaders?
The Position Analysis Questionnaire (PAQ) is a very valuable tool that can be utilized
whenever one is trying to study any kind of job. The PAQ was developed by Ernest McCormick,
P. R. Jeanneret, and Robert Mecham at Purdue University and is likely the most researched and
applied job analysis device that is available at this time (Cascio & Aguinis, 2005). There are
189 items included in the questionnaire, which focus on the requirements of an assignment or
with the components of a job. The PAQ is organized by six components and is broken down
further into smaller divisions. As stated by Spector (2008), “The elements cover a wide variety
of task requirements, including the inputting and processing of information, the use of equipment
and tools, general bodily movements, interpersonal interaction, and work context” (p. 68). There
are many advantages to the PAQ, which no other analysis instrument can provide. The PAQ’s
validity score is very high because it is supported by an enormous research base, which is
important when doing research and gathering data. Also due to its generalized questionnaire, it
can be applied to a variety of jobs, allowing an easy comparison against other jobs. Clearly, the
PAQ can help organizational leaders to acknowledge who is best suited for the job and what else
is required and needed for the accomplishment of said job. However, at the same time there are
some downsides to the PAQ. For instance, there is a problem with the readability of the PAQ.
To be able to read and understand the PAQ correctly, the one analyzing it is required to have
college reading ability. Another downside to the PAQ is that does not often give specific details
about a job (Cascio & Aguinis, 2005).

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Cascio, W., F & Aguinis, H. (2005). Applied psychology in human resource management (6
ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
Spector, P., E. (2008). Industrial and organizational psychology: Research and practice (5
Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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