Last 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.