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How the latest developments in online skills testing and assessments can help your organization find and keep the best talent out there. RSS-Feed

Don’t DIY Your Employment Tests

Posted by Melissa Fairman

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Like many HR pro’s, I have lived the “Skilled Labor Hard to Find” headlines.  At one company, we had a hard time finding employees with strong math and computer skills. The HR team set out to “solve” this gap by analyzing our locations: Which had high turnover? Low turnover? Which was most productive? Which had the least errors? We reviewed a lot of data (this company had 100+ locations) and settled on a list of locations we wanted to visit. One location in the Northeast had great productivity numbers, low error rates, and low employee turnover, so we asked the manager for his secret.  He explained that he had a rigorous hiring process: Everyone started as temps so he could “test” them out. After 6 months, if [...]
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Why Skills Testing Is the Key for Successful Employee Retention

Posted by Kristina Minyard

The online technology to acquire and assess professional skills is constantly improving and slowly being adopted by human resource departments.  This should move hiring away from being driven by networking power to being driven by skills meritocracy. That’s why a critical step in your hiring process should be skills testing. Leaving this step out of your most important function (recruiting and retaining the best talent) could be setting your organization and your candidates up for failure. According to professor Michael Watkins, 58% of the highest priority hires fail in first 18 months. Unmet expectations are really the culprit here, so you want to do everything you can to effectively communicate and demonstrate expectations for can [...]
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Should You Recruit Internally or Externally?

Posted by Chris Fields

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It is an age-old HR debate: Should you recruit talent internally or externally? Most HR professionals would probably say, “It depends.” Well, by the end of this article, I will give you my definitive position on the subject, but first, let’s define both options and layout some pros and cons for each. What is internal versus external recruiting? Internal recruiting is the practice of looking for talent within the organization to fill open positions, also known as succession planning. With turnover being very high and tenure being at an all-time low, it’s hard to adequately succession plan. This makes it harder to develop internal talent within the company and facilitates external recruiting, opening the search for talent to o [...]
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The Top Ten Skills That Employers Want [Part 2]

Posted by Michael D. Haberman

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Many people, including me, have conjectured the skill sets needed to remain employed in the future. One thing is clear: Specific technical skills won’t help you survive. With the fast pace of change today, honing in on one specific technical skill will lead to disaster. By the time you master one technical skill, it will likely become as outdated as last year’s app on your phone. Therefore, I take the same approach when choosing my people. In the first part of this article, I mentioned that hard skills are not enough.  If you want to develop an active team who will get on well and cooperate at a deeper level, you need to hire individuals with empathy, intuition or creativity. Here are the next five skills employees need to thriv [...]
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The Top Ten Skills That Employers Want [Part 1]

Posted by Michael D. Haberman

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Rapidly changing technology is in the news every day. Headlines about robots replacing workers, AI taking work from office workers, and driverless trucks and cars are making workers and employers wonder what skills will be necessary to keep people employed. If only HR recruiters had a checklist that could precisely tell them what to look for when selecting their candidates. With so many requirements, recruiters can easily fall into the trap of wanting “everything” from “everybody”. But the truth is, most employers want only ten valuable skills. Below is a list I compiled from a variety of sources. To fend off the robot coming to take your job, you need to have more “people” skills than technical skills. If you read my po [...]
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The Cybersecurity Skills Shortage: How to Staff for Information Technology Security Amidst a Skills Shortage

Posted by Eric Friedman

The shortage of cybersecurity specialists remains at a high level as the cyber attack complexity increases from year to year. At a global level, the labor market fails to meet the demand for qualified staff because technological solutions and security practices must keep pace not only with current Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies but also with emerging technologies, concepts and ideas. A McAfee infographic indicates that 82% of the organizations report a shortage of cybersecurity skills, more than any other area in IT. Moreover, a survey conducted by the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) asked 437 cybersecurity professionals about the impact of the cybersecurit [...]
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Skills Assessment and Training Go Hand and Hand

Posted by Jeremy Tillman

In a day and age where business's move at the speed of lightning, employee training is often playing catch up. It's not enough anymore to just give employees access to a large library of training and expect them to take the time to, well, Train Up. We have to put the right tools and the right content in their hands at the time they need them. So could skills testing help a company align the right training? Absolutely! TrainUp.com strategically uses skill based testing to identify learning needs, highlight areas of strength and expose areas of growth both before and after employment. For a pharmaceutical client's sales teams we leveraged a partner skill assessment to identify where the current level of skills for each sales pe [...]
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The History of Skills Testing

Posted by Michael D. Haberman

Imagine sitting down for an interview and having the interviewer introduce the company phrenologist to you. The phrenologist proceeds to feel your skull and, making an assessment of the bumps on your skull, determines if you are going to be a good fit for the company. At one point in time, including in the 19th century, some organizations have used this pseudoscience to make determinations on the suitability of individuals. Fortunately, this is not a widely used assessment tool. The use of other assessments and skills tests is pretty widespread in the business world. As employers move toward data-driven decisions, hiring assessments provide data points that allow employers to make better-informed decisions in the area most critical to [...]
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