Pre-Employment Testing

Predicting, Stopping Theft in the Workplace

How prevalent is theft at your workplace? How much is it costing your company? Most importantly, how can you stop it?

The answer is to prevent it before it even becomes an issue. By having a robust screening process in place for job candidates, you can minimize the chance you will hire someone inclined to engage in workplace theft. There are several predictive tools you can use, with varying degrees of effectiveness. Read more about Predicting, Stopping Theft in the Workplace

The Benefits of Online Testing

Are your testing methods as effective and efficient as they can be? James Malley discusses the perks of administering your pre-employment or student admissions assessments online.

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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?

Advanced Skills in the Workplace

Although advanced skills are required for many jobs, HR professionals are having extreme difficulties recruiting skilled workers. For example, according to a 2013 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) survey of over 3,400 HR professionals, 55% noted that they had difficulties finding employees with sufficient writing skills.

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Familiarity Breeds Success – Why and How to Hire Internally

It’s no secret: Hiring can be expensive. Whether replacing an employee or creating a new position, the costs mount quickly… and not just in money, but time as well. With advertising for the position, sifting through resumes, testing, interviewing, negotiating, completing paperwork and training, the process can be lengthy. Read more about Familiarity Breeds Success – Why and How to Hire Internally

Why Some Companies Don’t Use Pre-Employment Testing

Wonderlic recently surveyed over 300 HR professionals about their assessment strategy, and the results show a vast majority of respondents believe pre-employment assessments lead to better hiring decisions. In fact, even 85% of those who work at companies that don’t use testing said “making better hire decisions” is an actual, realized benefit of using them. Which begs the question: If these people feel pre-employment tests lead to better hiring decisions, why don’t their companies use them? Read more about Why Some Companies Don’t Use Pre-Employment Testing

Employee Assessments: Tactical or Strategic?

You followed the hiring process to a T and it worked! You hired a great employee and they are proving to be a great fit. But what happened to their assessment results? I’m willing to bet you used the results to help you make a hiring decision, but haven’t looked at them since.

You’re not alone. Read more about Employee Assessments: Tactical or Strategic?

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

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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Synergy in Testing: Combining Assessments for Optimal Results

There are all sorts of tools you can use for screening job applicants. Two are particularly effective when used together…

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