Mike Matyasik | Director of Competency-Based Education Implementation

Michael Matyasik, M.S., director of competency-based education implementation, has been a member of the Wonderlic team since 2004. He has taken a leading role in the coordination of customized education solutions that optimize student selection and assessment systems, and the ongoing measurement and monitoring of those systems. Michael’s extensive experience in personnel selection, validation research, job analysis, and test development give him an invaluable perspective and insight for career educators.

Michael received his B.A. in Psychology and Spanish at Elmhurst College, an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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Basic or Advanced Skills: Which Do You Need to Test?

Basic skills testing has long been proven effective in identifying gaps on the rudimentary levels for English and math skills. This is very useful for screening and placement for entry-level jobs, training programs and student admissions. But what if you need something that goes a little deeper? What if you’re hiring for a higher-level position, or you have incoming students who are supposed to take challenging courses for their degree program, but in reality they’re not ready? Read more about Basic or Advanced Skills: Which Do You Need to Test?

Productivity Software Proficiency: Identifying Gaps, Developing Skills

“You need to work on this.”

“You need to work on formatting columns, creating pivot tables, and animating presentations.”

Ok... so which of the previous two statements is more helpful when it comes to developing your employees’ software skills? The latter, of course. It’s clear, actionable feedback that can be used to improve proficiency.

So why do so many settle on the former? Read more about Productivity Software Proficiency: Identifying Gaps, Developing Skills

Why You Might Need More Than a Basic Skills Test

Hiring is on the upswing, which is great! But many of the open positions require more than just basic skills. Jobs are becoming increasingly complex and require higher levels of education, experience and problem solving ability – qualifications that a relatively small proportion of the labor force possesses. Read more about Why You Might Need More Than a Basic Skills Test

Why Pre-Employment Test Scores are Job Specific

How important are job specific cut scores? Very. A cut score is the lowest score a candidate can achieve on an assessment to receive further consideration in the hiring process.  Frequently, people assume that positions with similar titles or levels will require similar scores based on their location in the organizational hierarchy. However, this is not the case. Read more about Why Pre-Employment Test Scores are Job Specific

Understanding Cut Scores: They’re Not Just Random Numbers!

Our tests are unique in that often the same assessment is recommended for a variety of different positions. Unfortunately, the versatility of our assessments is sometimes confusing for new users. After all, how can the same test work for a fast food cashier and a CEO?    Read more about Understanding Cut Scores: They’re Not Just Random Numbers!

How Can a Computer Grade Essays?

I was recently out of town on business in a city that I have never been to before. When I landed I grabbed my bags, headed to the rental car location and picked up my car. The attendant handed me a map and asked me if I needed directions anywhere. I declined and then, without even glancing at the map in my hand, I turned on my GPS, plugged in the address and let it guide me to my hotel. Read more about How Can a Computer Grade Essays?

Candidate Selection: Comparing Apples to Apples

Reality TV shows are great at illustrating the necessity of apples-to-apples comparison. As the end of the season draws near, judges start looking for the smallest detail to differentiate (and eliminate) contestants. By this point, each contestant’s skill level is practically the same, so the judges have to focus on what matters most. Read more about Candidate Selection: Comparing Apples to Apples

Exit Interviews Can Shed Light on Turnover

Many employers wrongfully assume the reason employees leave is because of compensation. However, a recent study by PwC shows that while compensation is one of the reasons employees leave, it is certainly not the first and only reason. Read more about Exit Interviews Can Shed Light on Turnover

Top 5 Ways to Improve Student Completion

Many of your students might be facing external challenges that make it more difficult for them to complete their schooling. Learn how you can help them face those issues and finish school.  

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