Employment

Plenty of Jobs but Lack of Skills

It’s not news that the unemployment rate is still high (8.2% as of June). Many people are actively looking, but struggling, to find jobs.

Interestingly, two articles I recently came across tell a very different story about the employment market. There ARE plenty of jobs available. Of course, with 13 million individuals currently job hunting, this means that there are also plenty of people in the candidate pool. However, the people that are looking for work are not qualified to do the jobs that are open.

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What is Disparate Impact?

In simple terms, disparate impact occurs when a practice or hiring standard that is neutral and non-discriminatory in its intent has a disproportionately negative impact on individuals within certain subgroups protected by civil rights laws (e.g., race, gender, age).

Many hiring practices exhibit disparate impact, including: Read more about What is Disparate Impact?

The Cost of Employee Turnover

Employee turnover is costly, there is no doubt about that, and it’s a big problem for organizations. In 2010, employers reported an average turnover rate of 11%. However, the U.S. Department of Labor estimated the average national turnover rate was 38%, which is significantly higher. Statistics show that finding and training a new employee can cost anywhere between 25%-200% of the position’s annual compensation. Read more about The Cost of Employee Turnover

How to Conduct a Structured Interview

Hiring decisions are very important. You invest a lot in an individual when you make the decision to hire them, and you need to make sure you’re making the right choice. From application to hire, there is a lot to consider when choosing your next employee.  Read more about How to Conduct a Structured Interview

Avoid Bias with the Structured Interview

According to the last Department of Labor report, there were 3.6 million job openings at the end of May, up slightly from April. Even with a conservative ratio of five interviews for each hire, we’re looking at over 18 million interviews taking place in the next few months! 

Why You Need More Than Just a Resume

There’s nothing like a first impression, and in the case of job applicants, that is often a resume. But let’s be honest for a second about resumes and their real value when it comes to making hiring decisions. Read more about Why You Need More Than Just a Resume

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

Criminal Background Checks vs. Integrity Testing

David Arnold discusses the pros and cons to criminal background checks and offers an alternative that can help employers screen out a higher portion of non productive employees.

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What is a Cognitive Ability Test?

Have you ever wondered what a cognitive ability test is? This short video with Jen Garrow explains cognitive ability and why it can have such a positive impact for organizations and schools.

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Reasonable Accommodations for Employment Testing

Reasonable accommodation has long been recognized as an essential component of the hiring process, including the administration of assessments. Additionally, it is legally mandated under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While the ADA does not define reasonable accommodation, it provides a list of examples of what might constitute a reasonable accommodation. Read more about Reasonable Accommodations for Employment Testing

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