Outliers: An Analysis Challenge in Employee Assessment Validation

Posted by  Mavis Kung, Ph.D.

Growing up, I was an outlier. I was short, chubby, wore red glasses, listened to music by artists unknown to my friends, did not practice Buddhism, and was nerdy. I felt that I was different from everyone else – and not in a particularly good way. I just did not fit into the mainstream. I was a complete outlier from stereotypical image of Asian teen girls. 


The Secrets of Employee Retention - Why I’m Still Here

Posted by  Amie Lawrence, Ph.D.

Amie_Lawrence.jpgI recently celebrated my 17-year work anniversary with Select International. Seventeen years with the same company. I type it and I can’t believe it. After an internship right out of graduate school, I joined Select International as my first professional job using my graduate degree. I have watched colleagues come and go. I have watched my graduate school friends move from job to job and company to company. Yet, I’m still in the same place. I realize this is rare and have spent some time thinking about why I’m still here.


How to Make Your Employee Selection Process Mobile-Friendly

Posted by  Amie Lawrence, Ph.D.

Mobile devices are everywhere!


As a society, we use mobile devices for everything that we do, from shopping lists, to monitoring our children’s whereabouts, to setting our thermostats remotely; mobile devices have become our constant relied-upon tool for navigating our world. This begs the question, why would seeking a job be any different?


Could I/O Psychology Have Predicted Tom Brady's Potential Before He Was Drafted?

Posted by  Ted Kinney, Ph.D.

football-field.jpgTom Brady is a great quarterback. There is no question about that. As painful as it is to admit, given that I am a die-hard Steelers fan, I have to say that he is certainly (at least) one of the greatest I have ever seen. His success cannot be questioned.

What I do find interesting about his success is that many say that it was surprising or unpredictable. In other words, people in the media cite that Tom Brady was a mediocre high school quarterback who had to take it upon himself to gain interest from colleges. Reporters tell stories about how he had to split time with Drew Henson during his junior and senior years at Michigan. And, how many times did we hear during and after the Super Bowl that Tom Brady was a 6th round pick and that nobody saw his success coming?


4 Steps to Falling in Love with Your Hiring Process Again

Posted by  Amber Thomas

love-hiring.jpgAre you falling out of love with your hiring process lately? After a rough day of interviewing dozens of candidates that have no business in your candidate pool, are you left crying on the couch with a tub of ice cream in hand? No one wants that. When making hiring decisions the stakes are high, the people you bring into the company could be with your organization for years to come – that’s a pretty big commitment. Loving the hiring process and choosing the right hire is possible.

Here are a few tips that will leave you swooning over your hiring process once again:


Solving Turnover Requires More Than Just One Approach

Posted by  Mavis Kung, Ph.D.

turnover-puzzle.jpgWho is going to turnover? I wish I had a crystal ball to answer that question. Speaking from my recent experience of separation from one of the most amazing talents that I ever had the pleasure of working with, I truly hope someone can give me a sense of peace. Were there signs of turnover? I wondered, could I have seen it sooner so that we could have prevented it?

Perhaps, but only if we take a holistic approach.


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.


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.


Our 5 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2015

Posted by  Mark Rogers

Countdown.jpgAs the blog editor here at Select International, I spend a ton of time writing and editing blog posts. It's what I do, and this year I'm particularly proud of the results we've seen from our blog. Subscribers, views, and share counts have all increased drastically, and I think that's a result of our goals for the blog. Our goals for Select Perspectives aren't to sell or promote our products, we created the blog to help educate, inform, and sometimes entertain our readers. We've done a pretty good job of that this year.

But enough about us. It seems like this time of year is always a good time for a countdown. With that in mind, we wanted to count down our most popular blog articles of 2015, just in case you missed any. Starting with number 5...


6 Things Everyone Should Know About Mobile Employee Assessments

Posted by  Matthew O'Connell, Ph.D.

mobile-assessmentFor years, there have been serious concerns in the I/O community about unproctored testing. The fact is unproctored testing is here to stay and the advent of mobile devices has made it easier than ever for people take tests anywhere, anytime. Is that a good thing? In some ways yes, it gives more people than ever the opportunity to apply for jobs. At the same time, it raises logistical, psychometric and even ethical concerns.

There are several key issues related to mobile testing. Those include:

  1. Measurement Equivalence

  2. Mean Differences

  3. Validity

  4. Demographic Differences

  5. Device Limitations

  6. Applicant Reactions


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