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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. A critical responsibility of management is to determine exactly who needs training o [...]
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Top Job Skills for Jobs That Don’t Exist Today but Will Soon

Posted by Chris Fields

Think back to just 10 years ago. Who would have predicted “Uber Driver”, “Manager of Social Media Engagement”, “Cyber Security Officer” or even “App Developer” would be career options, let alone predict the skills training necessary to be a good at any of those jobs? How in the world can you predict the skills necessary to perform jobs that don’t even exist? Easy, you pay attention to what’s going on today, and you dream about tomorrow. No kidding. It sounds odd, but consider this: I often read articles about the future of HR, and I think back to when I was a kid dreaming of flying cars and robot assistants. Back then, we dreamed those things but never really thought they could happen. Fast forward to today, and we [...]
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What Elements You Must Include in Your Next Training Simulation

Posted by Kamy Anderson

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Many business owners have very little time to provide their employees with effective training, simply because they have a lot on their plates and need to focus their attention on the core tasks. Nevertheless, they know how important employee training is for boosting productivity and growing their business, which is why they turn to training simulations, which will not disrupt workflow and will allow core activities to continue seamlessly. Training simulations are excellent for closing knowledge gaps and helping employees improve their skills because they are interactive and immersive and mimic real-life situations, helping trainees effectively learn everything they need to learn much faster. Why Skills Training Matters in the World of [...]
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What is more important: Knowledge, Skills or Abilities? Can you choose?

Posted by Michael D. Haberman

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Most human resources professionals and managers are familiar with the acronym KSAs, which stands for knowledge, skills, and abilities. We hire on the basis of KSAs. We promote on the basis of KSAs, generally anyway. Often these terms are used almost interchangeably, or in just one big mouthful of KSAs, without making a distinction between the terms. Distinctions are important, however, particularly if you are trying to determine the traits a candidate or employee possesses. Let’s look at the distinctions. Knowledge According to Dictionary.com, knowledge is defined as: Acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles, as from study or investigation; general erudition. I will illustrate with a personal example. In my younger days, I [...]
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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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Hire for the Skills. Not for the Title.

Posted by Eric Friedman

  Once upon a time, a manager was a manager. Organizations had clear hierarchies, and job titles indicated an employee’s experience and level of responsibility, and they meant the same thing to anyone reading a résumé. Not anymore. Today, employment is more fragmented, and a job seeker’s work experience might include freelancing, entrepreneurship, a traditional 9-to-5 job or a combination of all three. In start-up companies, workers often take on jobs that never existed before and wear many hats. Their jobs evolve quickly. Nothing is traditional about what they do, and their self-created job titles—such as “influencer,” “strategist” and “professional evangelist”—reflect these changes. A freelancer, working a [...]
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