Hiring

Understanding the Wonderlic Automated Reference Check

Before extending a job offer, most employers first check applicants’ references. Traditionally, this involves asking about dates of employment, attendance, and salary. We recognize that while this type of information can be useful, it does not provide the breadth or depth of insight that is required to make informed hiring decisions. Read more about Understanding the Wonderlic Automated Reference Check

Which Employee Reliability Test is Right For You

If you’re not measuring a potential employee’s behavioral reliability, you’re making a big mistake!

According to the report, “A Typology of Deviant Workplace Behaviors: A Multidimensional Scaling Study,” by Sandra L. Robinson and Rebecca J. Bennett, counterproductive and delinquent workplace behaviors cost organizations an estimated $6 to $100 billion annually. Out of all the employees included in their research, up to 75% have engaged in deviant or delinquent workplace behaviors (i.e, theft, computer fraud, vandalism, sabotage, embezzlement, and absenteeism.) This means you probably have some employees or are on the verge of hiring an employee who could prove to be very costly to your organization.

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How to Do a Better Reference Check

Reference checks are an essential step in your hiring process. As someone who has conducted a large number of reference checks, I know the process is time consuming, and often not very informative. Read more about How to Do a Better Reference Check

Social Media and Employee Screening - Beware!

Social media has become much more than just a way for people to connect with old friends and colleagues. Social media is now a resource for businesses to market and promote themselves. This newer technology is also becoming a tool for recruitment and selection strategies. Social media platforms enable companies to expand their networks and applicant pools and increase the quantity and quality of applicants and hires. Read more about Social Media and Employee Screening - Beware!

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

Debunking 4 Myths Around Personality Testing

Recently, I responded to an article that incorrectly spelled out four reasons to avoid personality testing in the hiring process. The article said that personality tests:

    • Screen out great candidates
    • Have flawed results
    • Create privacy risks
    • Cause discrimination
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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

How Often do Employees Lie, Cheat, and Steal?

After being stripped of seven Tour de France titles and an Olympic bronze medal, Lance Armstrong finally came clean about his use of banned performance-enhancing drugs. It seems that cheating, and then lying about the cheating, is becoming more widespread in sports, especially when the stakes are high. For example, some of the best baseball players of all time (e.g., Pete Rose, Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire) will likely never be inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame because of their scandals.

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Should You Share Test Scores With the Test Taker?

An administrative question our clients commonly pose is whether test scores need to be shared with job applicants. This issue generally arises when a non-competitive applicant requests information regarding their test score due to the perception that the test was the basis of having their application rejected. The intent of this article is to summarize the issues surrounding these requests and discuss whether employers should release this information. Read more about Should You Share Test Scores With the Test Taker?

What You Can Ask During a Job Interview

On October 28, 1992, John Otero went into a Wal-Mart store in Las Cruces, New Mexico to interview for a job as a receiving clerk. During that interview, he was asked the question, “What current or past medical problems might limit your ability to do a job?” Unbeknownst to the interviewer, Otero had been injured in an automobile accident a few years before causing his right arm to be amputated below the elbow. Read more about What You Can Ask During a Job Interview

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