Do Trump and Clinton Have the Leadership Skills Necessary to Be President?

Posted by  Alissa Parr, Ph.D.

election-2016.jpgNovember 8th is a day that several people are looking forward to. People may see it as the day to fulfill their civic duty or to make a stand for what and who they believe in. They may just see it as the day when the negative media ads will end or as a day they are off from work. Regardless, it’s Election Day. It’s a day when we get to elect a new president to run our country.

Being in the business of selection, we posed the following questions:

  • What does it take to be president of a country?

  • Do our current candidates embody some of these traits and skills?

A president or CEO of any business has a lot of responsibility and the decisions they make can shape the direction of the company. The same can be said for the President of the United States. Scary, right? Well, in reviewing several decades of leadership research, we know that high-level leaders need to embody the following broad skill sets:


Now Hiring: Must Have a Brain

Posted by  Doug Wolf

hiring-sign.jpgI live in an area of the country that has yet to be blessed with a "premium all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ restaurant." However, a friend of mine sent me the following picture of a help wanted sign:


Apparently this photo, and others like it, can be found on Yelp and other such sites dedicated to food and general amusement. Given my professional interest in employee selection, she knew I might find this interesting. Wow. Talk about your impossible hiring standards.


Do You Have a Clearly Defined "Scoring System" for Your Hiring Process?

Posted by  Lance Andrews

fantasy-football-scoring.jpgThis is Part 2 in our blog series about how fantasy football can improve your hiring process. Click here to read Part 1.

We're six weeks into the NFL season, and for fantasy football enthusiasts, you're about half-way through your regular season. With 6 games out of the way, this is the time when struggling fantasy owners are moving out of full-panic mode and into excuse-making mode. You're either bragging about your drafting prowess and taunting your fellow owners on the message boards or completely silent and trying to avoid ridicule. Yes, this is when owners either celebrate or second-guess their draft preparation strategy.


A Roadmap for Identifying & Selecting High Potentials

Posted by  Alissa Parr, Ph.D.

high-potentials.jpgIdentifying, developing, and engaging high potentials is an important part of every successful organization’s talent strategy. They know that their culture is driven by their leaders and they also know that high performing leaders can be associated with all sorts of positive outcomes (e.g., increased retention of staff, higher employee engagement scores, etc.).

One of the critical drivers of these programs is the need to develop and engage their high potential talent. Organizations have a huge need to not only develop their talent but also to engage them so that they do not go elsewhere looking for advancement and development opportunities. Now more than ever, we are facing a talent war. Great leaders are hard to find and even harder to retain in a competitive global economy.


What Happens When a Hiring Manager Does Too Much during an Interview?

Posted by  Alissa Parr, Ph.D.

interviewing-candidate.jpgInterviews are a great opportunity for companies to get more information from a candidate about his or her skills, experience, and capabilities, but they are also a way for the candidate to get more information about the company. Interviews sometimes fall at the last stage of a hiring process, which can have implications for how interviewers approach the situation. These candidates may have already gone through a series of stages in the hiring process (e.g., phone screen, application, online assessment, etc.) and may have been considered to be qualified based on the information collected.


Do You Know What Is Actually Causing Turnover in Your Organization?

Posted by  Alli Besl

employee-turnover.jpgIn many organizations across the globe, turnover is a major pain point. We all know that there are devastating outcomes associated with losing good employees. These range from monetary costs that are estimated to be between 1.5 and 2.5 times the leavers’ salary to other less tangible outcomes such as increased stress and workload of remaining employees, loss in productivity, client loss, and turnover behavior becoming contagious resulting in more departing employees.

More often, organizations are telling us that turnover is becoming an issue. One factor that is contributing to the higher rates of turnover for many employers is the ease with which individuals are able to find and apply for jobs. As the unemployment rate continues to drop there are more and more jobs available.


10 Do's and Don'ts First Time Managers Must Follow to Be Successful

Posted by  Paul Glatzhofer

first-time-leader.jpgSo, you finally got that promotion and now you’re the manager. Congratulations! But the problem is that you have no idea how to be a manager. You’ve seen others manage but you have no formal training and your organization is asking you to step up.

Not to worry. Being a good manager is like being a good person. If you listen to others, care about their welfare, and help them to succeed then you will, in turn, be successful. Sounds easy, right? The problem is that most first time managers are not all that successful. Even those who are good people. Just because you have the title doesn’t mean you have all the answers.


Is Your Hiring Process Mobile Friendly for Candidates? [New Research]

Posted by  Jessica Petor

mobile-device.jpgSnapchat, Facebook, and games like Pokémon Go! are popular activities that people (although some may deny) do on their mobile devices. But, did you know that many people are also searching and applying for jobs on their smartphones and tablets?

Well, applying for jobs is probably not as popular as Facebook, but the rise in candidates who complete hiring assessments on mobile devices is increasing at a dramatic rate. Select International tracks and analyzes mobile device completions of our assessments, and recently found some interesting data.

We have seen the percentage of candidates using mobile devices triple from 2012 to 2015, topping out at over 23% (Lawrence & Kinney, 2016), so far. It seems that the frequency of candidates using their mobile devices to complete assessments is only going to continue to increase.


5 Ways to Remove Hidden Biases from Your Hiring Process

Posted by  Amie Lawrence, Ph.D.

brain-activity.jpgStatement of fact – we all have hidden biases. Every single one of us has unconscious cognitive mechanisms at play that affect how we interpret information and make decisions. While race and gender biases receive most of the attention and definitely come into play in hiring, there are many implicit biases that can affect our thinking and behavior.

Below are five ways we can limit how much our biases affect our decision-making:


Are You a Great Boss or a Not-So-Great Boss? [Infographic]

Posted by  Mark Rogers

great-boss.jpgHave you ever worked for a boss who micromanaged every second of your day? That person constantly checked in to make sure that your work was coming along the way they wanted it to, and gave you no freedom to make your own decisions. It's frustrating, isn't it? If you were in a situation like that, you probably said something like, "When I'm the boss, I'll do things differently!" And maybe you have, but take a second to answer this question honestly:

What kind of boss are you - a great boss or a not-so-great boss? Is it a question you've ever actually asked yourself?

It's common knowledge that a bad boss or leader in the workplace can take a great company and drive it into the ground. If you're a leader or manager, it is incredibly important to take the time to develop your leadership skills so that you can be the best boss for your employees.


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