Can Work References Reveal an Applicant’s “True” Personality?

Personality assessments can be a very valuable hiring tool. But they’re not perfect in every way.   The main criticism is that nothing can really prevent job applicants from “faking” their responses. Personality assessments never provide perfect predictions of job performance or other key outcomes—and perhaps this is due to applicant “faking.” Related articles: Can Applicants Cheat a Personality Assessment? […]

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Can Applicants Cheat a Personality Assessment?

Job applicants might try to cheat a per-hire assessment. Personality assessments offer many advantages, but they also seem like they could be easy to cheat. These assessments allow you to freely select your responses—there is nothing to prevent you from selecting responses that might make you look good, even if they don’t accurately describe you. But how often does cheating […]

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How to Evaluate Pre-Employment Assessments

Pre-employment assessments can improve the speed and accuracy of hiring decisions. Unfortunately, not all pre-employment assessments are equally useful. How can you tell the difference?   In this week’s article, we cover 4 critical areas that every employer should consider before making the decision to use a pre-employment assessment: Reliability, Validity, Validation, and Legal Considerations.   Reliability A pre-employment assessment […]

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How To Use Assessments Without Alienating Applicants

In my previous post, I talked about how to make your applications more convenient for applicants. This included discussing the length of the overall application from the candidates’ perspective from the general application to any assessments they may have to complete. Hint: it should not be too long. I said I would talk more about screening and assessments, the things […]

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3 Reasons to Hire Employees with Assessments (or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Predictive Analytics)

The idea of automation can seem disturbing. Do we really want to put important processes and decisions in the hands of a machine?   But the truth is that automation often doesn’t replace people. Instead, some parts of a job are automated—the boring, stressful, and repetitive ones. This gives people more time and energy to focus on the parts of […]

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