Select Perspectives | Employee Assessment & Interview Training Blog

Six Questions to Ask When Choosing an Employee Assessment Provider

Posted by Steven Jarrett, Ph.D.

QuestionsBig data, analytics, informed decision-making are all buzz words that are taking the business world by storm. Within this movement, of more informed decision-making, more and more companies are trying to get “smarter” about how they hire their new employees. This has led to an increase in the use of assessments to make hiring decisions. As with any demand, as their usage increases, the number of assessment vendors also increases. So, how can someone new to the assessment industry differentiate the quality vendors from the opportunistic vendors? Here are some questions that you should be asking all potential vendors to help you determine which company will provide the best solution for your organization.

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Topics: validity, employee assessment, Job Analysis, pre employment assessment

Gaining Buy-In for Your New Hiring Process

Posted by Alissa Parr, Ph.D.

hurdleOne of the biggest hurdles of implementing a new hiring process is preparing leaders and hiring managers for the changes ahead. Most people don’t like change, especially when they feel that the current process is working just fine. If they don’t see a reason for change, then they will be likely to resist the new process. If there is resistance, no tool, no matter how great it is, will work optimally. Consistency is critical for your hiring process. The more resistance, the more likely the system will be underutilized or utilized differently across individuals. As such, you need to make sure that everyone is accepting and trusting of the process so there is consistency and the tools are used in an optimal manner. Change management isn’t easy, but there are some steps that you can take to increase the acceptance of the change.

The first thing you need to do is create awareness and understanding. Tell leaders and hiring managers about the process ahead. What changes will be made? What’s the reason behind the change? Who will be impacted by these changes? How will this benefit the company and the employees? The goal of this process is to eliminate confusion and reduce any negative perceptions of the changes.

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Topics: hiring assessment, hiring process, employee assessment

Four Competencies to Focus on When Hiring or Promoting Leaders

Posted by Lindsey Burke

PromotionPicture this: You need to fill a management position for your company’s Marketing department ASAP. You don’t have the time to source for external candidates, and luckily, you think you have the perfect internal candidate. This person knows the Marketing jobs he will be overseeing well. In fact, he is one of your company’s top performing employees within the Marketing department. How convenient! You extend an offer, he accepts, and life is good.

Sure enough, not even six months have gone by and you are receiving multiple complaints from the new Marketing Manager’s direct reports about the new Marketing Manager’s “leadership style”. Employees aren’t happy, work isn’t getting done, and some employees are even threatening to leave the company.

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Topics: hiring, talent management, leadership

Driving Culture Change with Pre-Employment Assessment

Posted by Laurie Wasko

WebinarCorporate-wide culture change is no walk in the park. It requires vision, strategy, buy-in, sustained energy, practical implementation, commitment, and time. Just the idea of transforming your organization’s culture can be overwhelming – who should be involved in each step of the process? How do you communicate a consistent, compelling message of change to stakeholders in all areas of the company? Where should you even start?

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Topics: pre employment assessment, organizational culture

Cyber Security: How Secure is Your Assessment Data?

Posted by Chris Policicchio

SecurityWere you aware that October was “National Cyber Security Awareness Month”? Even though October has ended, our awareness for Cyber Security should remain high!! There are certainly lots of reminders in the news from password leaks, to data breaches, and even the hacking and exploiting of legacy security protocols.

Even with its own “awareness” month and constant (bad) news being reported, many of us still do not follow the basics when it comes to cyber / software / IT security. Therefore, I would encourage you to review, and use, these common suggestions to protect yourselves:

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Topics: Select International, data security

A Few Interviewing Tips That You Shouldn't Overlook

Posted by Meghan Flick

StreetHere's something that many interviewers forget about - interviews are a two way street. When you are interviewing a candidate for a position, it is as much an interview for the candidate as it is an interview for you and your company. More than ever, job seekers are interested in learning about your culture, your company’s goals for the future, and ultimately why they should decide to work for you. If you want to hire the best candidates, you also have to sell them on your company. You want to make the interview an enjoyable experience for the candidate. Here are some tips to keep in mind while you are interviewing a candidate:

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Topics: interviewing, structured interview

5 Competencies to Focus on When Hiring Salespeople

Posted by Amie Lawrence, Ph.D.

PuzzleAlmost every company in the world has sales people in one form or another. A question we get asked seemingly everyday is: Why are some people successful in sales while others are not? In other words, what makes for a good salesperson? This is a question that sales managers and executives ask themselves regularly, particularly when hiring a new salesperson. Perhaps a more perplexing question is why someone who is successful selling in one job is a complete failure in another, or vice versa. Is there a way of dramatically increasing your odds that someone is going to succeed in a sales role?

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Topics: sales assessment, sales hiring

Six Things to Consider Before Writing Off Behavioral Assessments

Posted by Bryan Warren

This post originally appeared on our Hiring in Healthcare blog. To read more content like this, subscribe to Healthcare Hiring Perspectives.

I get it. It just doesn’t make sense to you that a series of questions about what you believe, or how much you agree with seemingly unrelated statements, could predict whether a candidate will be good at a particular job. There are plenty of (mostly uninformed) articles out there questioning the value of behavioral tests in employment situations. A recent Wall Street Journal article proposes that they are discriminatory. A Forbes article slams the use of the Meyers-Briggs.

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It’s not unreasonable to question their role in selection. But this is where the science of psychology comes in. I might question how laying in a tube that makes a bunch of noise can tell my doctor whether I have a problem with my upper intestine – but then they explain the science of a CT scan to me, and what they are looking for, and their track record of diagnosing these problems with this methodology, and I’m willing to lay there for a while.

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Topics: healthcare hiring, hiring assessment, hiring process

What's Our Secret? One Thing That Helps Make Us an Awesome Company

Posted by Doug Wolf

462395627Here at Select, we constantly talk about company culture. Culture is at the heart of what we do – we help our client partners hire for cultural fit by identifying candidates who fit their organizational environment. Likewise, Select puts a great emphasis on cultural fit when we hire for our own open positions. We look at other companies to see what they’re doing, and what makes their cultures the way they are. Recently, we’ve written about Google, Boston Brewing Company, and are doing a webinar next month with Sears about their culture.

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Topics: culture fit, Select International

Disability Mentoring Day at Select International

Posted by Paul Glatzhofer

SELECTlogo_transparentFor the past three years Select International has participated in Disability Mentoring Day, which took place this year on Wednesday, October 15th. Select International is proud to have been involved in this program. This year we hosted 7 students from the Pine Richland, PA School District. The day consisted of several activities, including: an office tour, executive address from our CEO, and interviewing practice with mentors. 

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Topics: OFCCP

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