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Assessing the Assessments: Expert Advice on Avoiding Missteps

When first discussed, the word “assessments” is not likely to inspire enthusiasm among many audiences. In everyday conversation, the word might make you recall exams taken during your student days. Or perhaps it makes you envision a medical diagnostic that delivers a cold dose of reality. Whatever we might think of “assessments” at first pass, the concept is one that’s prone to misconceptions. … read more

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Personality Data Capture is a Process, Not a Transaction

 Integrating technology into Human Resources operations is fast becoming an essential step. But technology for technology’s sake isn’t the answer. Lasting digital transformation is not merely the introduction of tech tools, but seamlessly incorporating capabilities throughout a business.  Digital transformation should be considered a wholesale change. As McKinsey and Company analysts explain, “We believe that digital should be seen less as a thing and more a way of doing things.” … read more

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Who is cheating to get ahead? Employers can land valuable candidates by assessing who they really are, not who they claim to be

 With news breaking this week of fraud in applications to selective universities, applicants of a different sort -- for positions at sought-after companies -- might wonder how level the playing field is for them. Are applicants padding their resumes? Are back-room deals and “side doors” the norm? How does an authentic, hard-working job seeker distinguish oneself in this climate? Since companies tend to rely on referrals and resumes that report specific pedigrees, candidate pools can be limited. Talented individuals who lack connections in the industry or who do not hold degrees from well-resourced universities may repeatedly fail to get a seat at the table. … read more

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Keep The Employees You Already Have—Create A Great Experience For Candidates

Imagine this scenario: you’re a regional hiring manager for a luxury hotel chain. You employ “Meredith” as a valet parking attendant. Meredith arrives on time and does her job well. One month, you let your support staff know that you’re hiring for several positions. Meredith refers her high school classmate, Sydney, who submits an application for a reservation clerk position. … read more

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Think pre-hire assessments for hourly workers are out of the question? There’s a cost-effective solution that candidates will enjoy.

 The commitment and stress of a job search has not changed much for a generation. But here’s what is different: the mechanics of how candidates search and apply for open positions. In an era of easy access to information and unprecedented personal computing power, word travels fast. While consistent reviews with praise like “Best company I have worked for in my 10-year career” can boost the company brand among the talent pool, claims of “Management gangs up on you” are a liability. Organizations today have to be mindful of buzz good and bad -- not only among their customer base, but throughout the talent pool. … read more

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