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Alli Besl, Ph.D.

Allison Besl is a Research Consultant based in the Pittsburgh office of Select International. Her areas of expertise include: employee turnover, selection and recruitment.

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How 3 Dark Personality Traits can Affect Job Performance

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Personality measurement in pre-employment assessment is a commonly accepted practice. Over time, there are certain personality characteristics that have been consistently linked to higher levels of job performance, like conscientiousness, for example. However, there are other personality traits or characteristics that are often shown to negatively impact performance on the job. One such set of characteristics is referred to as the “dark triad.”


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Discussing the Skills Gap with a Millennial Working in Skilled Trades

Posted by  Alli Besl, Ph.D.

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Whether you're an employer or a job seeker, I'm sure you have heard or participated in a discussion surrounding the skills gap in the manufacturing, construction, and other skilled trade industries. Even organizations that offer good pay, benefits, and job security are having a difficult time filling their open roles. We know some of the reasons for the skills gap – a push for young people to pursue college degrees and discouragement from joining these manual labor fields to name a couple – but many individuals are now coming out of college with student loans and are struggling to find jobs that utilize their degrees because of the high rate of competition.


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Ethical Considerations for Data Analytics in the Hiring Process

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It has been a couple of months since SIOP 2018, but I keep thinking about one of the sessions I attended. It was a debate surrounding the ethics of data use in future assessment models. With continually advancing technology, more and more sources of data are becoming available that could potentially be used to assess an individual’s personalities and other characteristics and perhaps even be used to make employment decisions. The goals of this session were to discuss the types of data available and if they should be explored or utilized.


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6 Leadership Skills Needed for Managing Remote Employees

Posted by  Alli Besl, Ph.D.

iStock-826361724Remote work is hotly debated. Is it good for business? Does it hurt business? Are employees more motivated or less motivated? Another common question that comes up when discussing a remote workforce is, "How do managers best lead remote teams? To answer this question, I decided to take a deep dive into the existing I/O literature. There have been a number of studies conducted to determine whether it takes a different set of traits, skills, and abilities to manage a remote workforce than it does to manage employees in a brick and mortar setting. In other words, researchers are trying to determine if good leaders are good at leading employees no matter where they’re located or if it takes something special to successfully manage off-site employees. During my review of the literature, a handful of consistent themes seemed to emerge.


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One Way to Make Your Hiring Process Legally Defensible [VIDEO]

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How to Reduce Turnover: Put the R Back in RJP (Realistic Job Preview)

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Working at Select International has a number of perks - one of them being the opportunity to interact and get involved with individuals from several different organizations. Each of these organizations has its own unique set of challenges, some more organizationally-specific than others. However, recently there have been some consistent pain points emerging from our clients across industries. Specifically, as unemployment rates continue to remain low many organizations are experiencing two primary issues:


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Can Assessing for Employee Integrity Reduce Absences & Poor Performance?

Posted by  Alli Besl, Ph.D.

iStock-476787224.jpgAt Select International we are always focused on continually improving our assessments. We are regularly developing new content and item types to better and more accurately measure the competencies important to employers. A recent outcome of these developmental efforts is a new measure of integrity that has been incorporated into some of our existing assessments. Specifically, we have added the Integrity measure to the Select Assessment for Customer Service®, among others, for some of our clients.


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The Effect of Influence on Executive Performance Measurement

Posted by  Alli Besl, Ph.D.

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Executives: They are the ones who drive the development and strategic direction of an organization, manage the day to day operations, and shape organizational culture. So, it's obvious that the selection process for your future leaders is critical. But, practitioners who implement pre-employment assessments at the executive level face a big challenge: difficulty in demonstrating their validity or ROI using typical approaches. Here's why:


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HR Hacks: Here's What Causes Employee Turnover and How to Reduce It

Posted by  Alli Besl, Ph.D.

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In a blog that was posted at the beginning of 2017, the author reviewed some cool research that has been conducted surrounding the prediction of employee turnover. To elaborate, the researchers employed predictive analytics using machine learning to predict who would turn over and who would stay within a large organization.


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Record Low Unemployment: How Will this Affect your Hiring Strategy?

Posted by  Alli Besl, Ph.D.

The U.S. unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in the last 10 years, reaching 4.3% last month! This is a positive thing, right? Of course it is! But it also creates struggles for some organizations. As a recent New York Times post describes, it has become increasingly more difficult for some organizations to fill their open roles due to a lack of workers. After the recession in 2008, people were lucky if they found work. However, we are now in a situation where many organizations have plenty of work but are having a hard time finding employees to do the work. With so many options available to people, they now have the freedom to be more selective about accepting jobs than they had in the past. So, in the current labor climate, why are some organizations having a harder time filling positions than others?record low unemployment.jpg


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