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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 Stop Hiring Bias with Skills Testing

Posted by Eric Friedman

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Making objective hiring decisions is hard. Recruiters and hiring managers have their own perceptions, preconceived notions, subconscious biases, and they make assumptions, just like anybody else. Trouble can arise, however, when subconscious bias influences hiring, possibly limiting the diversity of the company's workforce, and potentially causing hiring managers to miss out on top talent. During the recruiting process, candidates apply because they are drawn by the job description. Then, in most cases, the hiring manager reviews resumes and screens candidates based on subconscious biases - whether it's where the candidate is from, or which college the candidate attended, or even the candidate's name. Those who make it to the interview [...]

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Core Competencies Necessary for Successful Startups

Posted by Jocelyn Pick

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Core competencies are a major strategic advantage your business can have over its competitors. They can be verifiable technical competencies (such as achievements, skills, knowledge, and expertise) or non-technical competencies. Many companies have the same technical competencies: educated employees, skilled programmers, talented artists, etc. The immeasurable non-technical competencies are what sets some companies apart and helps determine which startups, although they may be similar to many others, will succeed. Non-technical competencies are personal and professional skills that cannot easily be measured. Some examples of these skills include accountability, ethics, and competitiveness. Screening for certain non-technical competenci [...]

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Testing Digital Literacy Skills

Posted by Eric Friedman

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These days, it's more important than ever to make sure that employees have all the skills they need to succeed in their jobs. The more you can find out about your applicants' education, experience, and skills before hiring them, the more likely you are to end up with the best candidate who will excel in his or her tasks. There are many skills to consider and one that more and more companies are looking for is digital literacy. According to Cornell University's Digital Literacy Resource, digital literacy is "the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share and create content using information technologies and the Internet." It involves having a working knowledge of current technology and how it can best be used. This is not to be confused [...]

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Technology-Based Employment Testing: What Should You Expect?

Posted by Eric Friedman

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These days it seems that everything is technology-based, so it's no surprise that many of the recruiting functions we are used to doing manually are now available online. Pre-employment assessments and employment testing are among many recruiting functions that have been taken over by the tech world. A myriad of employment testing services now offer technology-based solutions that can help recruiters test skills with the click of a button. The wide availability of these services begs the question: what should I expect? Is it worth investing in a pre-employment testing solution for my company? What are some of the benefits of using online assessment testing? Here are the top pros and cons of technology-based employment testing. Pros [...]

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E-Learning Pros and Cons

Posted by Eric Friedman

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Our lives are dominated by technology—we depend on cloud computing to synch information among all of our electronic devices; we can text, e-mail, and tweet almost simultaneously from our smart phones; we have access to information 24/7 through the Internet. It’s no wonder then that the technology that allows us to do all these things is also increasingly being applied to learning. More and more companies are turning to e-learning to provide training and professional development opportunities to their employees, thanks to its accessibility and adaptability. As companies begin to grasp the importance of adopting professional development strategies for their employees, they begin to look for suitable solutions and best practices. E- [...]

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Talent Management: A Recruiter’s Best Tool

Posted by Eric Friedman

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When you’re swamped with resumes for each position, the task of sorting through the candidates can be overwhelming, and it can take up as much time as you’ll give it. You may end up ruling out qualified candidates simply because you don’t have time to assess their abilities or keep track of the number of candidates. That’s where a talent management service can be of help. And as part of talent management, wouldn’t it be great if you could keep track of your candidates’ actual skills, as measured in assessment results? Then you’d be able to make decisions about who to contact further based on real data and not just on what candidates may have put on their resumes or application forms. If you think this would help your r [...]

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What We Can and Cannot Expect from Technology-Based Employment Testing

Posted by Charles Handler

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As with most things in today’s world, the employment testing industry has been hugely affected by technology. We have come a long way, even since the start of my career a short 20 years ago. Back then, I spent most of my time while working as a testing specialist engaged in the low-tech, unfun task of hand-scoring test answer sheets, faxing them to hiring managers, and building Excel files to summarize candidate results. In those days email was high-tech and we were still amazed at the new things it allowed us to do. But the rest of our work was super low-tech.  If we wanted to determine what the best test was for a certain competency or skill, we would have to leaf through huge test catalogs or industry sourcebooks. In this era, testi [...]

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How Pre-Screening Can Help with the Recruiting Process

Posted by Eric Friedman

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According to a recent report by the Society of Human Resources Management, 53% of all job applications contain inaccurate information. Pre-screening employees not only helps you weed out those who exaggerate on their applications, it also helps you get a better sense of candidates’ skillsets, character, attitude, and overall personality. These are just a few of the many benefits pre-screening imparts on the recruiting process. If your company isn’t pre-screening candidates, it may be time to start. Here are some of the reasons why you should try pre-screening. Reduce Recruiting Time. When you pre-screen candidates, it reduces the amount of time it takes to hire a new person—from scheduling interviews and preparing questions [...]

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Kristin Kelley

VP of Marketing and Communications, Randstad Technologies

"As the fourth largest IT staffing company in the US, Sapphire (now Randstad Technologies) provides customized solutions for both public and private corporations. In 2007, Sapphire integrated eSkill with its website to administer tests to online applicants. This allows recruiters to quickly weed through candidates to find only the best [...]

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