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12/20/16 7:00:00 PM EST
By Mike Russiello
So - really - why are you testing your job candidates?
The conventional wisdom is simple. You test to avoid the costs of a bad hire or to identify potential high performers. It's about performance. But is that really the reason so many companies test? And what does it mean it that's not the reason?
7/27/16 8:00:00 PM EDT
By Ted Axton
Does Emotional Intelligence Predict Job Performance?
Over the past one hundred years, employers have measured many different traits or characteristics of job applicants in order to predict future performance on the job. These include cognitive ability, personality factors, past behaviors, knowledge, skills, and job-related competencies. Recently, however, a new category has started to grow in popularity: emotional intelligence. In this article, we take a look at what Emotional Intelligence really is and whether it is useful as a predictor of future performance.
1/20/16 7:00:00 PM EST
By Mike Russiello
HR Avatar - Does college GPA predict future job performance?
Recently, some well-respected people have criticized the use of standard measurements like college GPA in selecting job candidates. There are so many different techniques for evaluating candidates, and so much noise concerning what works and what doesn't work. In this post, we look at a number of techniques in terms of how much they help you make hiring decisions, relative to one another. The results may surprise you!
1/18/16 7:00:00 PM EST
By Shoa Appelman
Should You Use Employment Tests? Research Says YES.
The National Bureau of Economic Research has published a new study that confirms job tests, also known as pre-employment tests, significantly improve the quality of hire. In a study of over 300,000 hires, employees with positive test results stayed longer and were more productive than employees who were not recommended by the tests.
7/14/15 8:00:00 PM EDT
By Shoa Appelman
What to do if Your Pre-Employment Tests Use Flash
Flash is on its way out. If you’re a pre-employment test vendor, there’s no way to avoid it: tests should be mobile ready and leverage HTML5.
7/1/15 8:00:00 PM EDT
By Shoa Appelman
HR Avatar Tests Around the World [INFOGRAPHIC]
HR Avatar pre-employment tests are gaining in popularity. Our simulation-based tests are being administered around the world, including Peru, Philippines, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
6/9/15 8:00:00 PM EDT
By Mike Russiello
Are we better at choosing spouses or employees?
Many of us make selection decisions for both for employees within our organizations, and life partners on the personal side. While emotions may come to play more on the personal side, the success rates of both types are amazingly similar.
5/3/15 8:00:00 PM EDT
By Mike Russiello
How often do people really cheat during online pre-employment tests?
Unproctored Internet Testing (UIT) is used by employers around the globe for pre-employment testing to avoid bad hires and concentrate their efforts on the best candidates. But how many candidates cheat on their unproctored tests? A long overdue research study published in the Journal of Business Psychology shows that the percentage of cheaters is surprisingly low.
3/31/15 8:00:00 PM EDT
By Mike Russiello
What do Beachcombers, Air Traffic Controllers, and Hiring Managers have In Common?
Here's a hint: beachcombers, air traffic controllers, and hiring managers all use tools to find what they are looking for. But, unlike beachcombers or air traffic controllers, hiring managers have had to endure an onerous process prior to implementation. Advancements in science, technology, and government research are finally breaking down this barrier.
3/1/15 7:00:00 PM EST
By Shoa Appelman
Test Taker Survey Report | Job Simulation Tests [INFOGRAPHIC]
See the results of a survey of over 400 test-takers who completed HR Avatar pre-employment job simulation tests.
2/24/15 7:00:00 PM EST
By Mike Russiello
A Theory of Everyone
If the discovery of black holes in our universe produced a “Theory of Everything,” what will come of the informational black hole we call the Internet Cloud? Could one possible outcome of this new, Earth-bound black hole be the emergence of a Theory of Everyone?
2/16/15 7:00:00 PM EST
By Shoa Appelman
How to Start Using Pre-Employment Tests Quickly
Tests are the best predictors of performance in a job. Most testing companies offer a pre-employment test process that can take months to set up. With HR Avatar pre-employment tests, you can be testing job applicants with cognitive simulations in minutes.
2/11/15 7:00:00 PM EST
By Mike Russiello
Have we gone personality test crazy?
Fueled by the Internet and big data, the use of personality tests has skyrocketed. In this article we take a look at what is behind this trend, and examine the potential benefits and risks. Ultimately, we recommend a more balanced approach combining personality with knowledge, skills, and abilities testing.
2/5/15 7:00:00 PM EST
By Shoa Appelman
January 2015 Jobs Report Presented Visually [INFOGRAPHIC]
This is a visual depiction of the January 2015 Jobs Report. Tips for hiring good applicants.
2/1/15 7:00:00 PM EST
By Shoa Appelman
How to Write a Good Job Posting and Include An Employment Test
Job postings matter. They tell applicants about the job, and good job postings get applicants excited about the job. See how to write job postings that can get the best.
1/26/15 7:00:00 PM EST
By Mike Russiello
The Job Candidate Imitation Game
Since the dawn of the information age, philosophers have wondered if computers will ever be able to think like humans do. In 1950, Alan Turing proposed his famous "Imitation Game" as a way to determine if a computer is truly intelligent. In this entry, we explore a small modification to Mr. Turing's test.
1/25/15 7:00:00 PM EST
By Shoa Appelman
What is it Like Not Using Pre-Employment Tests? 5 Analogies You Can Use
Pre-employment tests provide objective hiring information. Here are 5 analogies we came up with for using pre-employment tests.
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