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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

How to Hire an Intern Who Can Do More Than Order Coffee

Posted by Chris Fields

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“I was working for a production company and I was on a shoot for an exercise video… In between takes, I had to clean up their sweat off the floor on my hands and knees.” “I worked at a radio station… the DJ I was working with made me get coffee every day, specifically with one teaspoon of cream and two sugar packets. She fired me for not finding a second sugar packet.” “I had to run an “errand” aka pick up weed.” Those are real quotes from a BuzzFeed article, “17 Intern Horror Stories That Will Make You Want To Quit Your Job.” Sugar packets, cleaning sweat, and running “errands” are not effective uses of an intern’s potential nor does it reflect positively upon the employer. Not only are inter [...]
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5 Best Strategies for Hiring Entry-Level Employees

Posted by Kristina Minyard

With 6.7 million jobs open in the U.S., employers cannot help but take their recruiting strategy back to the drawing board. That drawing board has more and more employers looking at lowering/dropping qualifications and focusing on entry-level hiring. In other words, if the candidate we want isn’t out there in the current labor market, maybe we need to reconsider our requirements. Great employers will use this as an opportunity to play the long game and maximize benefit to employees and the organization. As we continue to see statistics reporting minimum qualifications drifting lower and lower over the last six years we are shifting into a market where entry-level candidates have a greater chance of getting hired. To refocus your orga [...]
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The Ultimate Collaborative Assessment Solution

Posted by Eric Friedman

When people write, code, or use Microsoft Office tools, they can often solve the same problem in different ways. All these tasks require either creativity or higher-order thinking skills. However, these skills can’t be easily evaluated. You often need at least two brains. :- ) Organizations want their teams to be creative but are not entirely sure how to select and assess those skills. The question remains: “Can the answers to open questions be measured and evaluated?”, “What assessment tools are available to assist us in recognizing creative thinkers or how they structure their ideas?” “How might we evaluate and compare various ways of addressing the same open question?” eSkill's collaborative assessment solution all [...]
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How to Hire Freelancers in a Compliant and Effective Way

Posted by Eric Friedman

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The top organizations around the world are discovering the benefits of hiring freelancers who work in graphic design, writing, healthcare, human resources and consulting. For many freelancers, their self-owned business is a lifestyle choice, and since they are not company employees, you do not have to cover their vacation pay, employee benefits, or sick leave. The goal is to find freelancers who have a high level of professionalism, complete the work you assign them on deadline and require minimal oversight. The best ones deliver high quality of work at a fraction of what it would cost you to hire a full-time employee. Did you know that 35% of the workforce are freelancers? The top organizations around the world are discovering the [...]
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How to Fix a Skills Mismatch

Posted by Kristina Minyard

What does it mean to have a skills mismatch? A skills mismatch is the gap between an individual’s job skills and the demands of the job itself. With currently low unemployment rates and an evolving job market where overly specific training may become irrelevant, our organization is more than likely experiencing the pains of a skills mismatch, but you can work to fix this. Write better job descriptions. Take the time to write a thorough job description that speaks clearly to your intended audience. Give your supervisors and hiring managers time explore what skills are actually needed for a new hire to start contributing right away. For example, if your company posts a position that requires two years of previous experience, ask “W [...]
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Assessing Intangible Skills: Four Ways to Evaluate Candidates

Posted by Grace Carter

You've assessed your candidates through online testing that is EEOC compliant, and you know you've objectively got a group of candidates who have the skills necessary for the current job opening, but how do you choose the one who will be the best fit for your company in the long run? It can be difficult to assess candidates’ intangible skills. Their résumé may have some clues, but to assess intangible skills properly involves asking the right questions and knowing what to look for in an interview. Energy It’s possible for candidates to appear more energetic in an interview, knowing this will be assessed, but how do you assess their normal energy levels? You can do this by asking candidates about their interests and hobbies [...]
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As Soon as You Switch to eSkill, Screening Candidates Gets a Whole Lot Easier

Posted by Eric Friedman

Bree Gurin, the Director of Client Services at Oliver Staffing, Inc., shared with us how her company struggled with skills testing before switching to eSkill. They were frustrated with the lack of flexibility in editing the other testing vendor’s tests and the inability to add their own content. In addition, the other vendor’s platform was not user friendly. We asked Bree a few questions about Oliver Staffing’s transition to eSkill, and here’s what we found out. Why did you choose to become an eSkill customer? Why did you make this change? The contract with our previous vendor was coming up for renewal and, due to their less-than-charming customer service and our unpleasant user experience with their system, I began search [...]
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Diversity’s Impact on Recruitment

Posted by Annie Grace Wilson

Corporate leaders have embraced the proven research that shows a diverse workforce yields better results. Meeting EEOC requirements is part of the equation that recruiters must consider as they hire capable, team-oriented employees who come from a variety of backgrounds. A Forbes study attributed workforce diversity as the driving force responsible for improved innovation and growth. Recruiting Capable and Qualified Candidates The challenge recruiters face is how they can best assess a candidate's ability to do a job by using tests that are not biased against certain protected groups and that will provide accurate test results. Skills and abilities tests must meet EEOC requirements. Cognitive tests are used to evaluate an appli [...]
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