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3/14/17 8:00:00 PM EDT
By Mike Russiello
Make Just One Better Hire
Making long-term changes to a hiring process can seem daunting. However, by concentrating on making just one better hire, we can discover tools and techniques that can be applied to all future hires, without the stress.
2/28/17 7:00:00 PM EST
By Mike Russiello
Ever been on the edge of a hiring decision, but unable to pull the trigger? The answer is to get more information.
Have you ever felt pressure to make a hiring decision from among several seemingly well-qualified candidates, but found yourself unable to make the final decision? This can happen when you rely exclusively on resume searches and interviews to give you the data you need.
2/12/17 7:00:00 PM EST
By Mike Russiello
The smaller your team, the more selective you need to be
The smaller the team, the bigger the proportional impact from each member. This means that the smaller your organization, the more impactful your hiring decisions will be, and the more sense it makes to be selective.
1/18/17 7:00:00 PM EST
By Mike Russiello
Applying for a job: What are your chances of having to take a test?
So, you're fairly new to the workforce. What are your chances of having to take a test when you apply for any given job? It turns out that the answer depends on the size of the company you are applying to.
1/6/17 7:00:00 PM EST
By Mike Russiello
We’re a small organization. Why should we use pre-hire testing?
Traditionally, pre-employment testing has been the domain of large organizations. But the reasons for this are no longer valid.
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.
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