Are You Ready to Go Mobile in Hiring?

Posted by  Amie Lawrence, Ph.D.

Are you reading this blog on a mobile device? Chances are that a quarter of you (or more) are reading this on a smartphone or tablet. Even if you aren’t reading on that device, it is likely that some link to it has shown up on one. Personally, I have probably received a link to this blog in my e-mail and on my LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter apps, which are on my PC, smartphone and tablet. If you aren’t this connected and mobile, it probably won’t be long before you are.80404212

Research on mobile device usage shows that:

What does this mean for your organization? This increase in mobile device usage will affect many aspects of organizational life, but one key area is in hiring. Candidates are already using mobile devices to search and apply for jobs. 86% of job seekers use mobile devices to search and many of those individuals use the same devices to apply. Select International provides online assessments to organizations for hiring purposes. Our clients who use assessments at the entry-level see about 14% of their applicants completing the assessment on a mobile device. Given the importance of fairness and consistency in the hiring process, the introduction of mobile devices raises questions and issues that HR professionals need to be able to address:

  • What do mobile applicants look like?

  • Are their race and gender differences in the mobile applicant pool?

  • Are mobile applicants scoring differently on the assessment?

  • Are mobile applicants more or less likely to be successful on assessments?

  • Are assessment measurements equivalent on mobile devices?

  • Do mobile applicants react more positively or negatively to the hiring process?

  • In what kind of environment are mobile applicants when they complete online stage of the hiring process?

  • What can organizations do to answer these questions and prepare for mobile applicants?

If you’re interested in hearing more about the answers to these questions, check out our webinar on we recently recorded. We cover current trends in mobile device usage and review the current research around the use of mobile devices in personnel selection. We identify the pros, cons, and limitations that surround using these devices. Lastly, we present some best practices and discuss how organizations can design their processes to prepare for the use of mobile technology in hiring. 

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Amie Lawrence, Ph.D.

Amie is the Manager of Product Development at Select International. She is an expert in the design, development and validation of psychological assessment tools. An integral member of Select International since 2000, Amie has led the development of numerous competency-based assessments, including online in-baskets, job simulations and motivational fit instruments.

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