4 Steps to Guarantee a Successful Employee Assessment Implementation

Posted by  Laurie Wasko

assessment-steps.jpgA well-designed employee assessment can do wonders for your company. They can help you decrease turnover, improve productivity, decrease safety incidents, hire better leaders, the list goes on and on. However, an amazing assessment does your organization absolutely no good if recruiters and hiring managers aren’t using it, or if they fail to use it correctly.

Over the hundreds of project implementations, Select’s consultants have identified four tips to ensure sustainability of a pre-hire assessment implementation:


Do Longer Employee Assessments Lead to Lower Candidate Engagement? [Video]

Posted by  Ted Kinney, Ph.D.



We're publishing our first ever vlog on the blog today! In this vlog, Director of Research and Development, Dr. Ted Kinney, and Research Consultant, Dr. Alli Besl, take a look at the relationship between employee assessment length and applicant reactions. The question they answer is: Do longer assessments lead to lower candidate engagement?


Do High Assessment Scores Always Lead to Better Job Performance? [Whitepaper]

Posted by  Ted Kinney, Ph.D.

job-assessment.jpgThe relationships between employee assessment scores and critical outcome variables, such as job performance and turnover, are not always clear cut. It is important to understand that such relationships do not always follow the linear pattern that most assessment vendors assume. There are certain situations in which we are more or less likely to see that linear trend.

For example, as the economy continues to improve, we are seeing turnover rates on the rise. The reason being, there are more alternative employment options available to employees and they are often easily accessible via the internet. Employees literally have these alternatives at their fingertips. Under such conditions, we cannot make broad claims that hiring individuals based on top assessment scores will always lead to reductions in turnover.


Busted! 7 Myths About Employee Assessments

Posted by  Vicki Cooper

assessment-myths.jpgHiring assessments come in many different shapes and sizes depending on the position, the industry, and the level of the position you are hiring for within the organization. Being in the employee assessment industry, we often hear many myths and misconceptions surrounding assessments and what they can or cannot do for your company. For that reason, we’ve decided to break down some of these misconceptions and provide information to debunk them.

1) Employee assessments are too long.

Assessments range from very short screening tools to more in-depth and time-consuming assessments. The longer the assessment is, the more data you are able to gather about the candidate to paint a clearer picture of their potential and how well they will fit within the organization. We hear all of the time that candidates do not like longer assessments. However, our research findings don’t support that hypothesis.


Ask the Expert: What Kind of Assessment Is Best for My Company?

Posted by  Amie Lawrence, Ph.D.


I want to use assessments to help with our hiring process, but there are so many different kinds to choose from. What kind of assessment should I use? Why and When?


Thank you for your question. I’m sure you aren’t the only one struggling with this problem. It can be very confusing deciding how and when to use assessments in your hiring process. To begin, assessments include any tool in a hiring process where questions are asked and decisions are made about a candidate based on that information.

That means applications and interviews are actually assessments! Let’s review some different types of assessments and talk about when they would be helpful:


Ask the Expert: Where Should You Start When Looking for a Sales Assessment?

Posted by  Amie Lawrence, Ph.D.


I’m having a difficult time finding good salespeople who meet their goals. I want to use an employee assessment but I don’t know where to start. Can you give some advice?


Great question! First, let me commend you on being open to using assessments to help you with your problem. I think you’re on the right track. Good assessments have been proven to be much more accurate than human judgment in identifying the best hires. It can be a daunting task to learn about assessments. So, let’s start by talking about how to evaluate assessments and what makes a good assessment.

What makes a good assessment?


How Your Company Can Fix Counter-Intuitive Employee Assessment Results

Posted by  Alissa Parr, Ph.D.

assessment-fix.jpgMore is always better, right? When it comes to ice cream, the answer is always yes. However, when it comes to employee assessment scores sometimes the answer may not always be as clear-cut as we’d like.

Well-developed assessments target and measure behavioral competencies that are important for the job. Good assessments measure what they are intended to measure and they predict performance on the job. In this case, higher overall scores on behavioral competencies should indicate higher job success. So, where does the disconnect come into play?


How to Hire Millennials Who Actually Have High Work Ethic

Posted by  Trevor McGlochlin

millennials-work-ethic.jpgIn previous blogs, Select International writers have written about tips to understand millennials, tips for interviewing millennials, and how to find employees with strong work ethic. Now let’s tie these three articles together to give you an edge for hiring millennials with a strong work ethic.

Work ethic can be defined as setting high standards for one’s own work rather than solely following those that are expected. It shines through when demonstrating a commitment to and pride in one’s work by working diligently to complete tasks and achieve goals.


3 Best Practices for Your Hiring Process to Help Retain Talent

Posted by  Lindsey Burke

hiring-process-practices.jpgWhen it comes to making the right hiring decision, several factors come into play. Without the proper preparation, hiring steps, and decision makers, an organization’s quality and quantity of hiring can easily be negatively affected.

It’s important to consistently use best practices in a hiring process. Although there are several parts to an effective hiring process, including using objective, validated assessment tools, this blog focuses on the three best practices for your hiring process that aren't all about employee assessments.


4 Pieces to Help You Build a Winning Team for Your Organization

Posted by  Trevor McGlochlin

winning-team.jpgMany of us have a favorite sports team that we follow. When our team does well, most of the recognition goes to the players. Sometimes, the recognition even goes to us if we are wearing that lucky shirt that magically wills our team to win even though we’re watching from 700 miles away. When our team does poorly, we often criticize the management of the team. We question the acquisitions of players we don’t like and wonder what the front office is thinking when they draft one player over another. Why is selecting a winning team so difficult? If we were in charge things would be different. Maybe not. It really depends on your approach.


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