While at the conference, be sure to check out some of Select International's best and brightest as they present their research.



Mobile Assessment: The Horses Have Left the Barn…Now What? 

Presenters:  Matthew O’Connell, Select International, Inc.; Winfred Arthur, Jr., Texas A&M University; Dennis Doverspike, The University of Akron.

This workshop will provide practical, applied advice to help participants answer the questions of if, when, and how to implement mobile testing for selection and/or development: considering implications relating to constructs measured or types of tests (i.e., low fidelity vs simulations), applicant pool population demographics, and technology infrastructure.



IRT and So Should You: Modernizing Your Assessment Programs.

Presenters:  Nathan T. Carter, University of Georgia; Robert E. Gibby, IBM.
Coordinator: Ted Kinney, Select International

This workshop will review advantages offered by the use of item response theory (IRT) in organizational assessment and survey programs from theoretical and practical foundations.  It will also provide a solid conceptual basis for understanding IRT. Particular attention will be given to developing the practical skills necessary for the estimation and evaluation of IRT models.



No, Ph.D.?  No Problem!  Success Tips for Master's-Level I-O Psychologists

Panel Discussion:  10-30-11:10 a.m., Location:  Grand A
Presenters:  Satoris Culbertson, Kansas State University; Adam Hilliard, Walmart; Jaime Henning, Eastern Kentucky University; Tiffany Rahn, Navigator Management Partners; Jeffrey Saltzman, OrgVitality; Doug Wolf, Select International

Master's-level I-O psychologists face unique challenges in the workplace compared to their doctoral counterparts. A panel of four seasoned master's-level practitioners will provide guidance to entry- and mid-level practitioners, master's level educators, and SIOP leaders on career preparation, progression, and visibility issues necessary for sustained success in the field.

OFCCP New Regulations on Disability and Veterans Status:  Lessons Learned

Roundtable Discussion/Conversation Hour:  10:30-11:10 a.m., Location:  305-306
PresentersTracey Tafero, Select International; Steven Jarrett, Select International

In September 2013, the OFCCP published new regulations that impact federal contractors’ practices regarding recruitment of individuals with disabilities and veterans, and the tracking of additional related data. This roundtable/conversation hour will encourage the sharing of lessons learned as these new regulations have been implemented over the past year.

Faking Indicators:  Effectiveness, Convergence, and Impact on Validity

Symposium/Forum:  12:00-1:20 p.m., Location:  Grand D
PresentersAmy Gammon, Select International; Scott Alshanski, Central Michigan Univ; Richard Griffith, Florida Institute of Technology; Neil Christiansen, Central Michigan Univ; Mei-Chuan Kung, Select International; Chet Robie, Wilfrid Laurier Univ; Ted Kinney, Select International; Mark Roebke, Saint Cloud State Univ; Gary Burns, Wright State Univ; Elizabeth Shoda, Wright State Univ; Megan Morris, Wright State Univ; David Periard, VHA National Center for Organization Development; Allison Tenbrink, Select International; Matthew O'Connell, Select International; Yumiko Mochinushi, Florida Institute of Technology; Matthias Ziegler, University of Munich-Germany

Applicant faking on personality assessments is a concern. This symposium investigates the effectiveness of numerous faking methods/indicators for detecting applicant faking and examines the convergence of indicators. Innovative techniques are also explored. Lastly, the impact on criterion-related validity is examined when fakers identified by multiple indicators are removed.

Simulation-Based Assessment of Positive Attitude and Teamwork beyond Personality Testing

Poster:  4:30-5:20 p.m. Location: Franklin Hall
Co-presentersLuye Chang, Select International; Steven Jarrett, Select International; Megan Why, Select International; Victoria Marlan, Select International; Amber Tipton, Select International

A team exercise simulation developed to assess teamwork and positive attitude was tested on 87 operator workers. A comparative evaluation between the simulation and personality tests showed that the simulation had strong predictive validity of task performance and contextual performance, incremental validity beyond self-reported personality inventories, and minimal subgroup differences.

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Conditional Reasoning Applied to Integrity:  An Obvious Choice

Poster:  4:30-5:20 p.m. Location: Franklin Hall
Co-presentersMatthew O’Connell, Select International; Amie Lawrence, Select International; Luye Chang, Select International; Doug Wolf, Select International; Matthew Minton, Verizon; Jessica Petor, Select International

Predicting counterproductive work behavior (CWB) in the selection process can be difficult because the behaviors of interest are transparently negative. The current study tried to combat this by applying a non-transparent, implicit measurement method, conditional reasoning. The results indicated that conditional reasoning accurately predicted CWBs even after controlling for Conscientiousness.

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Data Cleansing Time!  Insufficient Effort Responding in Concurrent Validation Studies

Symposium/Forum:  8:30-9:50 a.m. Location: Grand B
Co-presenters:  Jason Huang, Wayne State Univ; Caitlin Blackmore, Wright State Univ; Donald Kluemper, University of Illinois at Chicago; Nathan Bowling, Wright State Univ; Reed Bramble, Wayne State Univ; Gary Gurns, Wright State Univ; Kelly Camus, Wright State Univ; Luye Chang, Select International; Jeff Foster, Hogan Assessment Systems; Zachary Fragoso, Wayne State Univ; Jing Jin, DDI; Ted Kinney, Select International; Mei-Chuan Kung, Select International; Donald Lustenberger, DDI; Kevin Wynne, DDI

Due to motivational difference between incumbents and applicants, insufficient effort responding (IER; i.e., careless or random responding) is a concern in concurrent validation studies. This symposium presents emerging research on IER in concurrent validation data, covering both detection of IER and the potential impact of IER on validity inference.

The Development and Validation of Nine New Workplace Safety Measures

Symposium/Forum:  10:30-11:50 a.m. Location: Grand A
Co-presenters:  Stephanie Payne, Texas A&M Univ; Dov Zohar, Technion Inst of Tech Israel/Inst for Work & Hlth; Esteban Tristan, Select International; Nathanael Keiser, Texas A&M Univ; Allison Tenbrink, Select International; Matthew O’Connell, Select International; Kristin Delgado, Select International; Autumn Krauss, Sentis; Tristan Casey, Sentis; Krista Hoffmeister, Sentis

This symposium features four research studies providing initial validation of nine new workplace safety construct measures including an individual difference battery, lone worker safety climate, safety climate for five different research laboratories, and safety behavior. Initial results support their validity and promise for reducing workplace accidents and injuries.

Emerging Talent Management Practices: Connecting HR Trends to I/O Research

Symposium/Forum:  12:00-1:20 p.m. Location: Grand C
Co-presenters:  Tracy Kantrowitz, CEB; Ted Kinney, Select International; Craig Russell, Univ of Oklahoma; Luye Chang, Select International; Jessica Petor, Select International; Don Moretti, Sears Holdings Corporation; Daniel Koletsky, Sears Holdings Corporation; Jack Stoughton, CEB/SHL; Courtney Van Overberghe, CEB; Megan Huth, Google

The proliferation of talent management trends present opportunities for organizations to achieve talent objectives, but their value and defensibility may be unknown. This symposium examines emerging trends through the lens of I/O psychology. Presentations examine a range of trends including social media for selection, big data, and employee mindfulness programs.

What Matters in the Test Environment?

Poster:  1:30 p.m.  Location:  Franking Hall
Laurie Wasko, Select International; Amie Lawrence, Select International; Matthew O'Connell, Select International

This study examined the impact of test environment on applicant perceptions, test performance and validity.  The results indicated that test performance and validity were relatively unaffected by test environment, but some applicant reactions were less favorable in the unproctored setting.  The findings further support for the value of UIT.

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An Insider’s Guide to Preparing for an Applied Career

Alternative Session Type:  1:30-2:50 p.m. Location: Grand I
Co-presenters:  Kristin Cullen; Center for Creative Leadership; Laura Sywulak, Baruch College & Graduate Center, CUNY; Scott Gebhardt, Sirota Consulting, LLC; Amy Gammon, Select International; Tiffany Ivory, Sirota Survey Intelligence; Jordan Stein, Illinois Institute of Technology; Casey Smith, Baruch College & Graduate Center, CUNY; Mary Margaret Sudduth, Florida Institute of Technology

This roundtable brings together early career practitioners from a variety of applied careers for a conversation about the benefits and challenges of working in applied I-O psychology. Participants will reflect on graduate training, discuss work experiences and career progression and offer recommendations for preparation in an applied career.

Future of Assessment: Reactions to Innovative Formats and Delivery Modes

Symposium/Forum:  3:30-4:20 p.m. Location: Franklin 08
Co-presenters:  Josh Allen, Florida Institute of Technology; Ken Lahti, CEB; Holly Payne, CEB; Kenneth Bruskiewicz, PDRI, a CEB Company; Kristin Delgado, Select International; Sara Gutierrez, CEB; Chris Kubisiak, PDRI, a CEB Company; Mei-Chuan Kung, Select International; Kristin Sanderson, CEB; Robert Stewart, PDRI, a CEB Company; Allison Tenbrink, Select International; Esteban Tristan, Select International

Innovative assessments and mobile assessment continue to change the face of selection. Organizations seek novel assessment approaches to increase applicant engagement and to reinforce a positive employer brand. Reactions have important organizational outcomes. We investigate reactions to recent innovations and reflect on the influence of reactions to shape future developments.

Toward a Deeper Understanding of Applicant Faking

Symposium/Forum:  3:30-4:50 p.m. Location: 309-310
Co-presenters:  Dev Dalal, Univ of Connecticut; Li Guan, Univ of Georgia; Michael Zickar, Bowling Green State Univ; Amy Gammon, Select International; Mei-Chuan Kung, Select International; Lindsey Lee, Florida Institute of Technology; Irina Gioaba, Univ of Lausanne; Matthew Pita, Talent Keepers; Samantha Wells, Florida Institute of Technology; Matthew O’Connell, Select International; Richard Griffith, Florida Institute of Technology; Nathan Carter, University of Georgia; Ye Ra Jeong, Central Michigan Univ; Neil Christiansen, Central Michigan Univ; Chet Robie, Wilfrid Laurier Univ; Yumiko Mochinushi, Florida Institute of Technology; Mitsuhiko Nita, Recruit Career Co., Ltd.; Gary Lautenschlager, Univ of Georgia

Faking negatively impacts the validity of personnel selection and placement decisions. This symposium presents cutting-edge research that digs deeper into faking issues, including psychometric consequences, models of faking behavior, culture impacts on faking, and using psychometric techniques (i.e., appropriateness measurement) to reduce the impact of faking on organizational decision-making.

Innovative Strategies for Minimizing Adverse Impact

Symposium/Forum:  5:00-5:50 p.m. Location: 401-403
Co-presenters:  Joshua Hatfield, ICF International; Paige Deckert, Pennsylvania State Univ; Robert Brusso, ICF International; Nicole Ginther, PepsiCo; Choni Gurira, IRS; Jennifer Harvey, ICF International; Shujing Huang, ICF International; Rick Jacobs, Pennsylvania State Univ; Scott Morris, Illinois Institute of Technology; Alissa Parr, Select International; Robert Ployhart, Univ of South Carolina; Mirinae Lee, Illinois Institute of Technology

Organizations need to be vigilant in their methods of evaluating and addressing adverse impact. The presentations in this symposium discuss results of real-world studies examining new and innovative methods and strategies to minimize the effects of adverse impact within multiple assessment systems including performance appraisals, assessment centers, and selection systems.


Are Mental Models Better for Predicting Individual or Team Performance?

Poster:  8:00-8:50 a.m. Location: Franklin Hall
Co-presenters:  Gonzalo Munoz, Universidad Adolfo Ibanez; Andrew Naber, RAND Corporation; Jennifer McDonald, Texas A&M University; Craig White, Texas A&M Univ; Olabisi Asenuga, Texas A&M Univ; Inchul Cho, Texas A&M Univ; Nathanael Keiser, Texas A&M Univ; Steven Jarrett, Select International; Ira Schurig, Texas A&M Univ; Ryan Glaze, Pearson; Winfred Arthur, Texas A&M Univ

The purpose of the study was to examine the relationships between mental models and performance across individuals and teams. Results from 81 3-person teams performing a command-and-control task indicated that the magnitude of the relationship between mental models and performance was similar across levels of analysis.

Today and Tomorrow: Applicant Reactions in Global and Modern Contexts

Symposium/Forum:  8:30-9:50 a.m. Location: Grand K
Co-presentersAlissa Parr, Select International; Mary Ann Bucklan, Employment Technologies Corp.; Kristin Buechel, Employment Technologies Corporation; Chris Coughlin, CEB; Irina Cozma, DDI; Kim Dowdeswell, SHL South Africa; Amy Gammon, Select International; Jennifer Geimer, CEB; Ted Kinney, Select International; Mei-Chuan Kung, Select International; Max McDaniel, Verizon Wireless; Trevor McGlochlin, Select International; Sarah Mogan, Radford Univ; Ashley Walvoord, Verizon Wireless

Applicant reactions have numerous implications. This symposium highlights ways that researchers have expanded outside of typical settings and considered applicant reactions with regard to the changing nature of work, including the use of global tools, enhanced technology and simulations, and tools created for specific industries.

Everything Changes: Best Practices for Combining Tests within Innovative Contexts

Panel Discussion:  9:00-9:50 a.m. Location: Franklin 08
Co-presenters:  Holly Payne, CEB; Joseph Abraham, PSI Services, LLC; Donald Lustenberger, DDI; Corina Rice, CSX Transportation; Donna Roland, CEB; Tracey Tafero, Select International

Innovative test item types, mobile assessment, and technology requirements add complexity to the business of combining tests into solutions. Great opportunity for increasing candidate engagement exists, but many factors must be considered. Best practices for combining multiple tests, including newer item formats, will be discussed by a panel of experts.

20 Years of Changes in Pre-Employment Testing: Experiences and Challenges

Panel Discussion:  10:30-11:50 a.m. Location: Grand B
Co-presentersTracey Tafero, Select International; Benjamin Granger, Verizon; David Lux, Georgia-Pacific; Kimberly Steffensmeier, Valero Energy Corporation; Paul Glatzhofer, Select International

This session brings together practitioners from three large organizations and one external consultancy to share experiences and challenges related to pre-employment testing over the last 20 years. Topics will include changes in testing delivery modes, un-proctored testing, ATS integration, candidate experiences, and the new VEVRAA and Section 503 requirements.


Cognitive Ability Research:  Breathing New Life into a Stagnating Topic

Panel Discussion:  12:00 p.m. Location:  407-409
Co-presenters:  Darren Grelle, CEB; Kristin Delgado, Select International/Wright Univ; Brett Wells, Aon Hewitt; Rodney McCloy, HumRRO

A SIOP-published journal noted in 2012 that research on cognitive ability had stagnated, and yet there is still little cognitive research at SIOP conferences or in our literature.  This panel will discuss reasons for this and address several topics that require further research and theory development.

Cross-National Measurement Equivalence Examination of 360-Degree Leadership Ratings

Poster:  12:30-1:20 p.m. Location: Franklin Hall
Co-presentersLuye Chang, Select International; Janet Barnes-Farrell, Univ of Connecticut; Dev Dalal, Univ of Connecticut

This study examined measurement equivalence of 360-degree leadership ratings and self-other agreement differences between the United States and China. Conceptual equivalence and partial scalar equivalence were supported between different types of raters across countries. Chinese ratings were found to have larger self-supervisor disagreement and self-subordinate disagreement than U.S. ratings.

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How to Sell the Value of I/O

Panel Discussion:  1:30-2:50 p.m. Location: Grand D
Co-presenters:  Irina Cozma, DDI; Tobin Anselmi, Microsoft Corporation; James Clevenger, DDI; Ted Kinney, Select International; Abby Mello, Towson Univ; Nathan Mondragon, Oracle

To goal of this panel is to share examples and lessons learned in the process of ‘selling’ the value of I/O to different types of ‘clients’. We want to equip the sessions’ attendees with a useful toolkit they can use to better represent the value I/O brings at the table.

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