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# Over 80% of employers say that researching a job candidate’s backgroun

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Over 80% of employers say that researching a job candidate’s background is of extreme importance when hiring for new positions. But of those employers, only one quarter invest in third-party background check services, while the remainder rely solely on references that the candidates themselves chose and submitted. Clearly most employers do not value an impartial assessment of a candidate’s background.

Which of the following is an assumption required by the argument?

A. Third-party background check services do not include information from a candidate’s self-selected references as part of their research.
B. A candidate’s self-selected references sometimes provide incomplete or untrue information regarding their experience with a candidate.
C. Third-party background check services are affordable for all employers.
D. An employer interested in an impartial assessment of a candidate’s background will use a third-party background check service.
E. The job interview process is not sufficient to determine whether a candidate is qualified for a particular position.

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03 May 2018, 23:23
It's A.

A. Third-party background check services do not include information from a candidate’s self-selected references as part of their research.
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IMO D.

D clearly links with the conclusion. A is close but does not very accurately link with the conclusion as D does.

Rest are irrelevant.

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04 May 2018, 04:48

Negating D shatters the Conclusion and D clearly supports the Argument.

Rest all are irrelevant.

Bunuel wrote:
Over 80% of employers say that researching a job candidate’s background is of extreme importance when hiring for new positions. But of those employers, only one quarter invest in third-party background check services, while the remainder rely solely on references that the candidates themselves chose and submitted. Clearly most employers do not value an impartial assessment of a candidate’s background.

Which of the following is an assumption required by the argument?

A. Third-party background check services do not include information from a candidate’s self-selected references as part of their research.
B. A candidate’s self-selected references sometimes provide incomplete or untrue information regarding their experience with a candidate.
C. Third-party background check services are affordable for all employers.
D. An employer interested in an impartial assessment of a candidate’s background will use a third-party background check service.
E. The job interview process is not sufficient to determine whether a candidate is qualified for a particular position.

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04 May 2018, 05:22
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PP777 wrote:
It's A.

A. Third-party background check services do not include information from a candidate’s self-selected references as part of their research.

Negating option A: Third-party background check services do include information from a candidate’s self-selected references as part of their research.

Including information doesn't mean these third parties rely solely on this information.So,this option doesn't shatter the conclusion.

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Over 80% of employers say that researching a job candidate’s background is of extreme importance when hiring for new positions. But of those employers, only one quarter invest in third-party background check services, while the remainder rely solely on references that the candidates themselves chose and submitted. Clearly most employers do not value an impartial assessment of a candidate’s background.

Premise 1 : 33% use third party verification.
Premise 2 : 66% use references submitted.
Conclusion: MOST employers do not value impartial assessment of candidate's background.

A. Third-party background check services do not include information from a candidate’s self-selected references as part of their research. What if we negate this, will it destroys the conclusion? nope never.

B. A candidate’s self-selected references sometimes provide incomplete or untrue information regarding their experience with a candidate. Out of scope, has nothing to do with partiality of employers

C. Third-party background check services are affordable for all employers. Nothing on partiality

D. An employer interested in an impartial assessment of a candidate’s background will use a third-party background check service. wow he is relating the partiality of employers, Lets negate and check whether it destroys the conclusion.

An employer interested in an impartial assessment of a candidate's background will NOT use a third party background check service.- Since there are only 2 types - use third party and other won't use. This means that 66% will not be impartial, using applicant provided references. Hence the conclusion MOST fails.
So Correct.

E. The job interview process is not sufficient to determine whether a candidate is qualified for a particular position.
Qualified or not - out of scope

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Bunuel wrote:
Over 80% of employers say that researching a job candidate’s background is of extreme importance when hiring for new positions. But of those employers, only one quarter invest in third-party background check services, while the remainder rely solely on references that the candidates themselves chose and submitted. Clearly most employers do not value an impartial assessment of a candidate’s background.

Which of the following is an assumption required by the argument?

A. Third-party background check services do not include information from a candidate’s self-selected references as part of their research.
B. A candidate’s self-selected references sometimes provide incomplete or untrue information regarding their experience with a candidate.
C. Third-party background check services are affordable for all employers.
D. An employer interested in an impartial assessment of a candidate’s background will use a third-party background check service.
E. The job interview process is not sufficient to determine whether a candidate is qualified for a particular position.

VERITAS PREP OFFICIAL SOLUTION:

Pay close attention to the precision in language of the conclusion: most employers do not value an impartial assessment. The word "impartial" is important here, as you will see when you assess tempting trap answer choice B.

As always with challenging Assumption questions, it is important to note the specificity in the conclusion as noted above, and to employ the Assumption Negation Technique to assess answer choices. With choice A, for example, if you negate it you will see that "Third-party services do include information from self-selected references as part of their research." You should see that this doesn't impact the conclusion: for one, you don't know that that information is necessarily not impartial, and secondly you don't know what other information is included that might be impartial.

With B, the negated answer is that "self-selected references NEVER provide incomplete or untrue information regarding their experience with a candidate." Note here - that does not necessarily mean that the assessment is impartial, as the candidate may have only selected people who had great experiences with them. The negated answer does not directly attack the conclusion, so B is tempting but incorrect.

Choice C showcases how rarely a word like "all" is part of a necessary assumption: suppose that the negated choice were true and these services were not affordable for all employers. That still leaves a lot of room for most employers to afford them, and with such a small percentage using them the conclusion would be true.

Choice D is correct. If it is negated, you have "An employer interested in an impartial assessment will NOT use a third-party service." This cripples the argument, which is built on the premise that most companies do not use third-party services, therefore they do not value an impartial assessment. A negated choice D invalidates the very premise upon which the conclusion is built, so D is correct.

And choice E is out of scope of the conclusion: whether a candidate is qualified or not is not the same as valuing an impartial assessment of a candidate's background.
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Over 80% of employers say that researching a job candidate’s background is of extreme importance when hiring for new positions. But of those employers, only one quarter invest in third-party background check services, while the remainder rely solely on references that the candidates themselves chose and submitted. Clearly most employers do not value an impartial assessment of a candidate’s background.

Premise 1 : 33% use third party verification.
Premise 2 : 66% use references submitted.
Conclusion: MOST employers do not value impartial assessment of candidate's background.

A. Third-party background check services do not include information from a candidate’s self-selected references as part of their research. What if we negate this, will it destroys the conclusion? nope never.

B. A candidate’s self-selected references sometimes provide incomplete or untrue information regarding their experience with a candidate. Out of scope, has nothing to do with partiality of employers

C. Third-party background check services are affordable for all employers. Nothing on partiality

D. An employer interested in an impartial assessment of a candidate’s background will use a third-party background check service. wow he is relating the partiality of employers, Lets negate and check whether it destroys the conclusion.

An employer interested in an impartial assessment of a candidate's background will NOT use a third party background check service.- Since there are only 2 types - use third party and other won't use. This means that 66% will not be impartial, using applicant provided references. Hence the conclusion MOST fails.
So Correct.

E. The job interview process is not sufficient to determine whether a candidate is qualified for a particular position.
Qualified or not - out of scope

What is OA ?

So, you mean to say, 66% will not use therefore it weakens ? but isn't that what is already told ? Can you help here, i am confused
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