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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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Don’t DIY Your Employment Tests

Posted by Melissa Fairman

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Like many HR pros, 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 th [...]
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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 increasingly 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 [...]
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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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