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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

Should We Ditch Annual Performance Reviews?

Posted by Jessica Miller-Merrell

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'>'> If you ask most workers if annual performance reviews are necessary, generations of cubicle-dwelling corporate workers would respond with a resounding "no!" Annual performance reviews create anxiety, are often highly inaccurate, and rarely represent an employee's body of work comprehensively. Although some sort of evaluation process is essential to maintain a workforce that consistently meets goals and standards, no one really likes the current way of conducting these reviews. The current performance-review system is expensive in time and resources, it forces managers to rank employees arbitrarily, and it often prompts employees to feel degraded. How can we improve this situation? '>An End to the Performance Review Unfortunat [...]
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Interview with CEO of eSkill Corporation on Pre-Employment Skills Testing

Posted by Eric Friedman

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Pre-employment skills testing is an effective, flexible, and reliable recruiting tool. Assessments that offer insight into a candidate’s skill sets can help managers be more effective in choosing the right candidates. These are flexible instruments, since tests can be administered at any point in the recruiting process: companies can have candidates complete a skills test when they first submit their applications, or they can test a few chosen candidates to make better, more informed decisions. Skills testing offers a more reliable way to pinpoint the best candidates, by increasing hiring accuracy and validating hiring decisions. Companies can opt for tests by subject, or create their own tests that incorporate disparate abilities tied [...]
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Using Skills Testing to Expedite Seasonal Hires

Posted by Eric Friedman

'>'> For many companies, the holiday season is a time of high demand and increased workload. Near the end of October, companies begin looking for temporary workers to meet this demand. The positions available to seasonal workers span retail positions, marketing and design, photography, and tourism. These seasonal workers are hired to help companies reach more people and to serve them better during the holiday spending boom. Currently, most seasonal hiring is for behind-the-scenes positions. According to a report from Challenger, Gray & Christmas, "it used to be that the bulk of holiday hires would be in customer-facing positions on the sales floor and behind the cash register. These extra workers would also help pick up the slack in [...]
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Setting Up a Training Strategy for Your Employees

Posted by Chris Fields

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'>'> Although the US economy has recovered and unemployment is the lowest since 2008 at 5.1%, employees still share several common complaints. One of the complaints involves the lack of training in corporate America. According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, 35% of participants maintain that increased training and learning opportunities would motivate them to stay with an employer. Companies have preached the need for trainable and teachable employees who can master new skills quickly. This sentiment may be shared by employees and companies, but managers, directors, and executives must create training strategies to acclimate new employees and to further their development as a means of promoting success. Three popular and effective tra [...]
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Combine Tests for Faster and More Accurate Hiring Decisions

Posted by Kristina Minyard

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'>'> Let's play a game. An admin at your firm has just bailed on you with little notice. You've got two potential replacements to fill the job, Norman and Yvette. Here's what you can glean from their resumes: They are both looking for jobs as administrative professionals in a corporate environment. Both have associate's degrees from top-flight universities. Both have at least five years experience working in an administrative capacity within corporations. They both have at least a basic understanding of Microsoft Office, email and the Internet. Their reasons for leaving their prior employment situations were amicable and they both have fantastic references. So who do you hire? If your answer was either candidate, you're wrong. Here's [...]
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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 inter [...]
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Core Competencies Necessary for Successful Startups

Posted by Annie Grace Wilson

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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 co [...]
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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 confu [...]
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