Testing Best Practices: When Should I Test a Job Candidate?

Testing Best Practices: When Should I Test a Job Candidate?

This post is part of an ongoing series about assessment testing best practices. Click here to view other posts in the series. The Internet has transformed our lives. The political world seems to be experiencing one revolution after another. The rising generation of millennials seems to have radically different values than their parents and grandparents had. Modern...

What is “Validity” in Personality Assessments?

What is “Validity” in Personality Assessments?

The validity of a pre-hire assessment is the extent to which the assessment is well-grounded in research and corresponds accurately to the real-world dimensions it claims to represent; in short, validity is the degree to which a test measures what it is supposed to measure. Types of Validity Content validity is evaluated by showing how well the content of a test...

What is “Reliability” in Personality Assessments?

What is “Reliability” in Personality Assessments?

Reliability of measurement refers to consistency of measurement. Other synonyms for reliability are repeatability, reproducibility, precision, dependability, fidelity, accuracy, and generalizability. Suppose you wanted to test the reliability (or, if you will, the consistency or reproducibility) of your car odometer. You drive from your house to the post office and...

The new way people work: Which personalities work best from home?

The new way people work: Which personalities work best from home?

Telecommuting, or working at home, is expected to reach an all-time high in 2017. Technology makes it possible, and the increasing desire to achieve a harmonious work-life balance makes employees brave enough to ask for the opportunity to work from home, or in some cases, expect the option before taking a new job. If you are considering making the switch with some...

Increase the Odds of Hiring an Outstanding Performer

Increase the Odds of Hiring an Outstanding Performer

If only every employee you hired could be a high performer. Or, the better statement may be, “I wish I could predict who the high performers would be before I hired them!” Here’s one strategy for changing the way you hire today to increase the odds of selecting outstanding performers in the future. Step 1: Identify what an “Outstanding Performer” looks like. Note:...

Do Online Personality Tests Account for Generational Differences?

Do Online Personality Tests Account for Generational Differences?

Personality tests are very popular with Fortune 500 companies and large corporations, but many small-to-medium sized businesses still hesitate to begin a pre-employment testing program that includes them. Why don’t more businesses use one of the best tools for predicting performance of new hires?   Perhaps employers with smaller (or non-existent) HR departments...

Does the Job Require Repetitive Tasks? How to find the right hire for repeat work

Does the Job Require Repetitive Tasks? How to find the right hire for repeat work

The Problem Some jobs require only a handful of repetitive tasks.  That’s not a problem, but the person in the job can be.  When an entire position exists for tasks to be performed repeatedly – and at a high level of quality – people who aren’t comfortable with repetition can cause BIG problems. It’s frustrating and costly to hire a worker who says they prefer...

Q & A with RA: “What can pre-employment tests do for our company?”

Q & A with RA: “What can pre-employment tests do for our company?”

Pre-employment testing is one of the most powerful, efficient, and cost-effective tools that you can have in your applicant hiring process. Using even a modest selection ratio (defined as the number of hires vs. number of applicants), a good pre-employment testing program can greatly increase the odds of success on the job. By hiring using pre-employment tests that...

7 Traits of Employees that STAY

7 Traits of Employees that STAY

Big turnover costs big dollars.  When employees stay, you save. The Problem As a business owner or manager, very few things feel worse than constant turnover. It’s demoralizing to both you and your staff, and we’re all aware of the thousands of dollars it takes to replace each employee that leaves. Nothing derails the performance of an organization more than...

All Personality Tests are Not Equal

All Personality Tests are Not Equal

Professional Personality Testing is based on scientific principles, such as reliability and validity. With the advent of the internet, Personality Tests quickly became a staple of pop culture. Who hasn’t seen a friend or family member’s “personality test results” on social media? Or, have you heard someone describe “what color they are”, or describe themselves as...

The Big Five: What does it mean for your business?

The Big Five: What does it mean for your business?

Personality is a stimulating subject. It captures the attention of people looking to learn more about themselves and learn how to better relate to the world around them. They are drawn in by the allure of learning something surprising about themselves, or gaining a better understanding – or even an affirmation of – their own character. Today, businesses...

5 Things You Need to Know About Pre-Employment Testing

5 Things You Need to Know About Pre-Employment Testing

Companies large and small use pre-employment tests to help find the right candidates before hiring, so you might think its a good idea, too. You are right. It is a good idea. At least, if the testing is done correctly and with the right expectations. If it isn’t, like most things, it will end up being a frustrating waste of time and money. Get your new...

4 Misconceptions About Pre-Employment Testing

4 Misconceptions About Pre-Employment Testing

Cheating. Discrimination lawsuits. Bad hires. You’ve heard about the bad things can happen when you use pre-employment testing. What you’ve heard isn’t true. Hiring is a difficult process and sure, pre-employment testing isn’t a perfect solution, especially if it’s used incorrectly. It is an extremely effective solution when used right, however. If you understand...

I am a good interviewer. Why should I use a pre-employment test?

I am a good interviewer. Why should I use a pre-employment test?

You may be the best interviewer in the nation, and statistics show you’ll still strike out if you rely on interviews alone. Beyond that, research has found that unstructured interviews, where there is no systematic plan for asking questions, have zero validity. However, structured interviews using standardized, relevant questions can be quite valid. Even when...

Testing for work ethic using pre-employment personality testing

Testing for work ethic using pre-employment personality testing

For hiring managers, human resources professionals, and small business owners, interviewing job candidates can be one of the most stressful and frustrating responsibilities.  Trusting someone to protect confidential information, be dependable, represent your company well, and to be a good fit for your team cannot be fully realized during an hour interview, where...

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