How Does Rude Treatment During an Interview Affect Job Candidates?

Posted by  Alissa Parr, Ph.D.

rude-behavior.jpgCandidate reactions matter. We know this and we’ve written about this before. Candidate reactions are important because they can affect candidates’ attraction to the organization, as well as their likelihood of accepting an offer, of filing legal complaints, and of being a future customer. We often think about candidate reactions as they relate to specific steps in the hiring process. For example, does a candidate think the assessment was fair? Does a candidate think he had an opportunity to demonstrate his skills during the interview?

However, we sometimes don’t think about how (or forget that) our behaviors can positively or negatively impact a candidate’s motivation to continue in the job search or hiring process. A recent study brought this very notion to light.


3 Tips to Understanding Millennials in the Workplace

Posted by  Bekah Regan

millennials-at-work.jpgWhen talking to clients about their challenges with hiring and selection, we frequently hear complaints regarding millennials in the workplace. Here are the typical characterizations:

  • They’re lazy; they don’t know how to put in a good day’s work.

  • They feel entitled; when they should be grateful that they even have a job.

  • They aren’t loyal to the company; they just jump around from job to job.

Did that list surprise you? Probably not. These stereotypes are as pervasive as a viral YouTube video; they’re replayed over and over and over again. But, are they true and fair generalizations? Have we really raised a generation with no work ethic, gratitude, or commitment?


Should You Discipline Employees Who Violate Safety Regulations?

Posted by  Craig White

health-safety.jpgWhen organizations place their employees in danger by violating safety regulations, they are subject to heavy fines and legal action, but what happens when an incident occurs due to an employee not following safety rules without the employer’s knowledge? Does the organization still pay worker’s comp, are they still fined for the violation, and do they have any recourse? Unfortunately, because every incident involves unique circumstances, there is no clear answer to these questions. However, it is important that we understand the rights of all parties involved and what steps employers can and should take before and after such incidents occur.


How to Make Skype Interviews as Accurate as In-Person Interviews

Posted by  Rose Keith

iStock_000025394406_Small.jpgIs it possible to conduct an accurate interview via Skype? Many of today’s candidates don’t always live in the same city where the job they’re applying for is. This presents a challenge for hiring managers who want to be able to interview qualified candidates in person, but don’t want to spend the money and time to bring them in for an in-person interview. A lot of companies are turning to Skype (or something similar) to conduct an interview that is more telling than a phone interview, but is more cost-effective than paying for the candidate to travel for the interview.

Does Skype work, though? We think it can. The keys to making Skype interviews effective are:


The Top 5 Takeaways From SIOP 2016

Posted by  Amie Lawrence, Ph.D.

SIOPSocial16.gifLast week was the 31st annual conference for the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology (SIOP). Every year at this conference aspiring I/O psychologists, academics, and practitioners gather to share their research and discuss best practices. Select International had a large contingent of psychologists sharing their knowledge (with over 20 presentations) and attending sessions. We have pooled our knowledge and identified five big takeaways from the conference related to personnel selection and assessment.

1) Size Matters

When it comes to pre-employment assessments and mobile devices, screen size does matter for some types of assessments. Mobile testing has been a big topic of discussion for the past few years. This year, researchers continued to investigate different kinds of assessment methodologies to better understand if mobile candidates are being affected by the device. For simulations and items measuring cognitive ability, the research is consistently pointing in the direction of “YES.” In general, the findings suggest for sections that measure problem solving, analysis, and processing speed, candidates are performing worse as a result of the device (smaller screens are one of the factors contributing to the decline). Given the link between diversity and mobile devices, it’s important for organizations to be aware of their assessment content and the devices candidates are using.


5 Interview Tips to Help You Probe Around Vague Candidate Responses

Posted by  Connie Gentry

candidate-interview.jpgMost of us remember having stretched the truth or given “half-truths” to our parents when we didn’t’ really want them to know the whole story. Those of us with children of our own may even be pretty good at knowing when they’re being honest or hiding something. However, it is not always easy to tell during an interview when a candidate is exaggerating or not being completely truthful about a response.

It’s easy to get caught up accepting candidate responses at face value; everyone typically has their best self on display when they’re in an interview setting, and this may ring particularly true for candidates who are very charismatic, convincing, and likable. There are also a lot of blogs and tips out there to help interviewees answer difficult questions and come across as polished, confident, and trustworthy.


What Can House Hunting Teach You About Hiring the Best Employees?

Posted by  Alissa Parr, Ph.D.

for-sale.jpgBuying a house is a huge investment. I’m beginning to realize just how big of an investment is in my search for a house. One of the other things that I’ve quickly learned is that it is definitely a seller’s market in Pittsburgh. For one of the houses I was interested in, it came on the market, had its first open showing on Saturday, and had multiple offers by that Saturday evening. I was blown away by how fast the process was. If you are not constantly monitoring Zillow, you’ll lose out! I have continued to notice that houses in some neighborhoods won’t stay on the market for more than a few days.


3 Reasons Succession Planning Fails and What You Can Do About It

Posted by  Connie Gentry

490926205.jpgSuccession Planning is often viewed like many people view sorting through their sock drawer to try and find the missing match, which ones have holes in them and need to be thrown out, or to outright determine if they need to just buy some new socks.

It can be a tedious process and many organizations struggle to feel like they’ve gotten it right or have made the progress they want to make. When faced with the need to evaluate your organization’s succession planning model, consider the following three reasons why succession planning fails, and what you can do to avoid making these missteps:


6 Awesome TED Talks That Will Improve Your Working Life

Posted by  Mark Rogers

public-speaking.jpgWhat’s the one thing you and I probably have in common? We both work. You might even be at work right now. I am. You and I both know that some days, work can be a drag. Sometimes you come in and the work piles up, you have a conflict with a coworker, and it’s an all-around bad day. On the flip-side, some days at work are great. You get plenty of work done, your boss likes a new idea you bring to her, and you leave the day feeling accomplished.

The question everyone wants to know the answer to is: How do we get more of those great days?

The TED talks below will help answer that question. All of these talks are about work – ways to make your work better, how to be more productive, things that will help you become a better leader, and ways to balance your life and your work. Watch them! You'll learn, laugh, and discover how to make your work life even better.


5 Employee Assessment Trends That Could Change the Future of Hiring

Posted by  Amie Lawrence, Ph.D.

selection-interview.jpgPre-employment assessments have been around for decades. Over that time, they have moved from jamming a group of people into a room and administering paper-and-pencil assessments to deploying assessments on smartphones that candidates can complete on the go, from almost anywhere. Programming an assessment has become easy to do and, as a result, assessments options are starting to flood the market. With new options at their disposal, what are organizations asking for with regard to their assessments? What are some recent trends in assessment?

Rarely does a week go by when I don’t receive a question around one of the five trends listed below:


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