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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

2018 Talent Acquisition Trends You Need to Know

Posted by Makeda Waterman

A human resource recruiters job will be full of innovation in the New Year. The Statistics Portal is projecting that 154 million employees in the United States will be employed in 2018. As organizations focus on ways to find younger and top-tier talent, work productivity in HR will increase as technology assists HR with time-consuming responsibilities. The next time you are invited to a meeting to improve the way your department functions, bring a few of these ideas with you. 1.Telecommute Work Opportunities In her Uptowork article, Natalie Severt writes about how work-from-home job opportunities help to engage and retain millennial workers. About 30 percent of the workforce works from home, and offering this flexibility as a recruit [...]
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Create Equitable and Culturally Responsive Assessment Tests

Posted by Chris Fields

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Here is a challenge for you: Try to produce a skills test that is both equitable and culturally responsive. It may sound simple, but designing a skills assessment that does not disparately impact one group or another is impossible. It simply can’t be done, right? All tests are culturally biased, are NOT equitable, and lend themselves to SOME sort of bias, don’t they? This is a hot topic with today’s multicultural workforce, and HR is in the middle of the conversation. The Importance of Equitable Testing Human resource professionals are tasked by their companies and clients to find, recruit, and acquire the best talent in the labor force. One of the ways HR professionals do this is by administering talent assessment tests to candid [...]
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Built To Find Your 2018 Star Employee – eSkill Skills Testing

Posted by Eric Friedman

eSkill is a trusted expert in online skills testing for assessing the skills of job candidates and current staff. Employers like GE, Coca-Cola, 1-800 Contacts, and Paychex use eSkill to accurately assess their candidates for faster and better fitting hires, or to determine who needs specific training. If your job involves hiring, you know that your core challenge is… meaningfully prioritizing tens, hundreds, or even thousands of applications. Selecting the best candidates at each step in the process in a fast, data-driven, and compliant way is a goal for any competitive organization. Keywords and resume claims are tough to substantiate, and most available tests are unwieldy and not fully relevant to the job. If your selection [...]
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Personalized Employee Training: Time to Join the Trend

Posted by Eric Friedman

The Association for Talent’s 2016-State-of-the-Industry-Report found that an average of $1,252 is spent per employee for training and development. In addition, this report shows that employees spend 33.5 hours in training. There’s no denying the importance of training in the workplace today, and more companies are adopting training systems to help their employees grow and acquire new skills. The new trend is to offer personalized training that’s tailored to each employee’s needs and goals. Through personalized training, employees can learn what they need to learn at their specific experience level and according to their personal career path. Start Testing with the Next Generation of Skills Assessment Software A critical respo [...]
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5 Interview Questions to Determine the Motivational Profile of a Candidate

Posted by Lisa Perrin

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How would you like to have a few magical interview questions that give you insights about a candidate’s behavior that skills testing can’t? It is said that attitude and behavior are what make a person stay with a company. Skills can be trained, but attitude and personality come from within—so, I want to share with you five short questions you can use in a 15-minute interview to determine whether a person has the right attitude, motivation, and behavior that match a job position. The truth is that, despite all the skills tests developed, one thing is still hard to measure. And that is… Motivation. When people talk, they not only transmit ‘raw’ information, but they also teach you a few lessons about themselves. More precis [...]
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How to Stop Candidates from Gaming the Interview Process

Posted by Chris Fields

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Breaking News! People lie during job interviews. Some companies also lie during job interviews, but we’re not discussing lies, per say, today, we are discussing “gaming the interview.” You may be wondering what that even means. Well, gaming the interview happens when a candidate doesn’t flat out lie yet gives a response that can be misinterpreted to get the job. For example, if you ask candidates why they want the position, they might say, “I am passionate about this kind of work.” Well maybe they are, but you can’t prove passion, and the word “passion” has become an overused cliché. What is Gaming the Interview? “Gaming the interview” is not the same as the gamification of the hiring process. Some companies do [...]
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Measure What Matters – Why Interviews Are Unreliable

Posted by Michael D. Haberman

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“An interview can profoundly affect the candidate's decision to join or not to join a company.” --Interview EDGE, Volume 2, Number 6 Interviews are universally used by companies to make selection decisions on candidates, but, as the quote above states, candidates also use the interview to make their selection decisions on which company they will join. If interviews are so important, why is the interview process so universally bad and an unreliable predictor of the success of a candidate? The interview is a test The interview is a test under the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures. It is used to determine if employers are discriminatory in their hiring procedures. The “test” must meet the standard of being both [...]
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Valid Testing Lowers the Risk of Discrimination Suits

Posted by Michael D. Haberman

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What is the purpose of an employment test? The answer: to reduce the number of candidates for a position, thus making the selection process more manageable. Unfortunately, using an improper test will potentially make the process more biased and put the organization using the improper test at risk for litigation if the test is proven unreliable. “Tests”, be they cognitive tests or tests of physical ability, can be used, and have been used, to screen candidates out of a position. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has guidelines requiring tests, and also interviews, be both valid and reliable. This means that a test needs to actually test what it claims to be testing, and it has to do so time after time. The test must al [...]
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