Category: Selection

Cognitive Abilities

Specific Cognitive Abilities Can Benefit Selection Programs

When organizations spend millions of dollars on selection programs, return on investment becomes paramount. New research shows that we can improve our ability to predict job or training success when using tests of specific cognitive abilities, as long as these abilities are aligned with the actual job requirements.

Avoiding Adverse Impact: Selection Procedures That Increase Organizational Diversity

Cognitive testing has long been used for selection procedures in order to ensure hiring suitable applicants. But this method has also discriminated against minority groups, ultimately affecting organizational diversity. A recent study investigated how sophisticated weighing techniques for specific abilities related to a job could increase diversity while still ensuring the right hire.

How to Conduct a Job Interview: Avoid the Sales Pitch

Job interviewers often have two goals in mind when meeting an applicant and conducting a job interview: Evaluate the candidate’s fit for the company or position, and “sell” the job to the prospective employee. A new study shows how this “selling orientation” negatively impacts interviewers’ judgment, suggesting a separation of the attraction and evaluation processes.

Welcome to the Future: Investigating Mobile Devices as Assessment Platforms

In the past, the advent of greater access to computers and the Internet inexorably changed the methods by which organizations recruited talent, and also the way in which possible hopefuls searched for and applied to these organizations. A new study suggests that assessment via mobile phone could be the wave of the near future.

Interview Reliability: Statistics vs. Personal Experience

From a statistical point of view, a perfectly reliable interview is one in which interviewees and interviewers react identically to identical situations: interviewees answer the same question the same way every time, and interviewer interpret, evaluate, and rate identical responses identically. But is this really an ideal interview process from a real-world perspective?

The Consequences of Fit Across Cultures

We know that the compatibility between an employee and their work environment is critical. Good fit tends to lead to better attitudes, improved job performance, and lower turnover. But in a global economy, it isn’t safe to assume that all cultures value fit and compatibility in the same ways. In fact, they don’t.

Selection Tests and Job Performance

Does a candidate’s feelings about a company’s selection testing process affect their job performance, if hired? According to a new study, the answer to this question is: Yes. Does that mean you need to redesign your selection tests? Probably not. However, there are factors to be aware of when developing or administering a selection test.

How Prospective Employees Judge Fit With An Organization

What matters most: what you say or what you do? If you are an interviewer, it turns out that what you do – your behaviors, as well as the actual interview process – has more impact. Candidates want to work in an environment that’s a good match for their personality. If prospective employees feel they are a good fit for the company’s culture, it can make or break job offer acceptance!

Conscientiousness and Job Performance: Is Conscientiousness Always King?

Studies have told us that conscientiousness and job performance are related with conscientious employees preforming better. But is that true is all cases? Does a conscientious CEO offer as much, in terms of increase performance, as a conscientious check-out clerk? What Shaffer and Postlethwaite found may surprise you.