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ATP Innovations in Testing Conference: Trends in Employee Assessment Simulations

Posted by  Matthew O'Connell, Ph.D.

On Monday, February 28th I will be presenting at the ATP Innovations in Testing Conference in Palm Springs, CA.  I will be talking about two interactive simulations that we developed at Select to measure a person’s ability to multitask effectively.  One of the simulations is more relevant for manufacturing environments while the other is designed for call centers.  Technology is making it easier for us as test developers to come up with creative, interactive solutions to address specific assessment issues and multitasking lends itself to such an approach. 


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5 Things about Employee Assessments That Everyone Should Know

Posted by  Amber Thomas

assessment-test.jpgSo, you know a thing or two about employee assessments, how they can help create a productive and legally defensible hiring process, how they provide more data about the Joe Schmoe’s sending you resumes, and how they can make your life easier by narrowing down your candidate pool. But did you know that…

  1. Candidates are more honest on assessments than when talking to you. It’s true, not everyone likes to tell the truth about their prevalence for absenteeism, anti-social behaviors or theft but they’re more likely to admit to these behaviors on an assessment.

  2. Assessments are more objective than you are. We are creatures hard-wired for social interaction. This means that we all (to some degree or another) have subconscious preferences and attitudes towards different types of people. An assessment won’t tell you if your candidate’s a snappy dresser, but it can tell you about work-related competencies that correlate to success on the job.


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Proctored vs. Unproctored Testing: Does It Really Make a Difference?

Posted by  Matthew O'Connell, Ph.D.

Unproctored testing offers employers greater flexibility and reduced costs than proctored testing. However, unproctored testing raises a number of concerns, most importantly cheating.  Recent research has examined differences between proctored and unproctored test performance.  That research shows that there are very few differences between proctored and unproctored settings. In fact, most shows that individuals in a proctored setting actually perform slightly better.


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