Do IQ tests work for hiring?

IQ Tests: What are they good for?

Do IQ tests measure anything that actually translates to meaningful, real-world behavior? Should the general public, or hiring managers, care about a person’s IQ score? A brief history of IQ tests IQ tests were initially developed to test academic achievement in school children in early 20th century France but quickly gained popularity for widespread use. Critics claimed these early IQ tests were unscientific, discriminatory, divisive, and even invalid. These criticisms ...
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Advice for building a healthy remote work culture

4 Ways to Develop a Healthy Remote Work Culture

Building a healthy remote work culture is a challenge in good times. Today, with everyone scrambling to adjust to working full-time from home, it's even harder. Consciously developing a strong remote work culture has benefits that extend far beyond the bottom line and provides your team with the support they need to deliver. Remote Work Culture is Team Culture Some companies, including Google, American Express, Microsoft, and REI are leaning ...
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Research insights on gender parity to inform your DE&I strategy

New Research Insights for Leaders of Gender Parity

Viral stories of men in male-dominated industries feeling unheard and resisting efforts to reduce gender inequities abound. (Take a look at the “Google Memo” scandal). This exposes a serious need for organizational leaders to understand how to advocate for gender parity policies. Organizations must implement policies in a way that builds employee support and minimizes the consequences of employee backlash. I'm a Ph.D. student and researcher in the UCLA Social ...
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How can you ensure that remote employees who can’t come back to the office remain on track professionally?

Out of Office, Out of Mind? Creating a Fair Experience for Remote Employees

Research has shown that remote employees suffer from a perceived lack of commitment . They also often miss out on key assignments and engagement opportunities necessary for promotion - no matter how passionate or productive they may be. And while extended periods of telecommuting have gone a long way towards changing attitudes, many remote employees report significant anxiety around the decision to return to the office or remain remote as ...
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Why do so many change management initiatives fail?

Implementing Unbiased Hiring Practices: How to Practice Effective Change Management

Change, we all know, is inevitable. So why do so many change management initiatives fail? Research has shown that a whopping 70% of transformation projects fall short of expectations due to one simple oversight: employee buy-in. Harry Robinson, Senior Partner at McKinsey and head of the firm’s Transformation Practice notes: “During the early stages of the transformation, [the CEO] doesn’t build conviction within the team about the importance of this ...
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These diversity technologies can help your organization build a more inclusive and equitable workplace

5 Types of Diversity Technology Shaping the Future of Inclusive Work

From artificial intelligence and machine learning to data analysis and virtual reality, diversity technology empowers organizations to make smart, objective decisions that lead to greater equity at work. Diversity tech drives decisions based on data that focus on applicants’ and employees’ aptitudes and achievements, rather than on a subjective assessment of fit or potential where unconscious bias can hide. Types of Diversity Technology Tools and Resources Diversity technology applications can ...
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Building an inclusive workplace through hiring, employee experience, and management.

Best Practices for Creating Inclusion in the Workplace

As diversity and inclusion expert Vernā Myers once explained, “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.” And like every good host, your organization should ensure everyone makes it out on to the floor. But how? Creating an inclusive culture and, by extension, inclusion in the workplace is a conscious effort requiring specific actions and initiatives. Here are some best practices for building an inclusive ...
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6 Benefits of Using Pre-Hire Assessments in Retail

6 Benefits of Using Pre-Hire Assessments in Retail

The stakes are high when it comes to hiring for retail positions where employees work directly with customers. Hiring the right fit can increase sales and customer satisfaction, while the wrong fit could cost your organization business. Here are six ways pre-hire assessments can improve retail’s talent acquisition process and drive results. Pre-Hire Assessments Increase Customer Satisfaction Retail employees serve as company spokespeople, with the ability to win or lose ...
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4 tips for transitioning your team to recorded video interviews

How to Transition Your Team to Recorded Video Interviews

Social distancing and remote work are here to stay. In response, companies are looking for new ways to diversify their talent pools and connect quickly with the best candidates. Recorded video interviews have been shown to increase efficiency and diversity in hiring. However, their use can cause concern in some hiring teams unfamiliar with the technology. So, while recorded video interviews are set to become a staple of the talent ...
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Focusing on the Candidate Experience in Remote Interviews

Focusing on the Candidate Experience in Remote Interviews

In a full or partially remote work environment, prioritizing the candidate experience through remote interviews can pose unique challenges. How can your organization showcase its culture? Can applicants and managers really ‘connect’ over video? What about the technology? But the payoffs - increased acceptance rates and reduced time to hire - are hard to ignore. At least a third of American jobs expected to remain remote through 2021. Smart companies ...
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Design a remote onboarding process that is deliberate, integrated, customized, and streamlined.

Welcome E-board: Designing a Successful Remote Onboarding Process

Setting new employees up for success looks different in a world where work from home - or work from anywhere - is the standard. Seamless onboarding helps avoid decreased morale, increased turnover, and lost productivity. So, what’s the key to a successful remote onboarding process? Tailoring your onboarding workflow to accommodate a hire who’s never set foot in the office or shared coffee with her supervisor. A savvy remote onboarding ...
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Shaping the social environment can build a more inclusive workplace

3 Considerations for Building an Inclusive Workplace

Psychology research finds that deeply rooted attitudes and beliefs are some of the most immune to change. And that diversity training has a history of failing to make a difference in the creation of a truly inclusive workplace. So before starting that next presentation that is supposed to radically change your employees’ belief structure, perhaps it’s time to consider that education-based approaches, like “implicit bias” or diversity training, aren’t the ...
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How to determine if flexible scheduling is right for your company

Is Flexible Scheduling Right for Your Organization?

While most organizations have increased flexible scheduling during COVID-19 to accommodate their employees, many HR leaders are wondering if that flexibility should continue beyond quarantine. Creating a flexible workplace goes beyond establishing post-COVID work from home policies. Flexible work hours aren’t necessarily a fit for every organization. Here’s what to consider when determining if your company should try flexible scheduling. Flexible scheduling lures top talent Previous to COVID-19, one-third of ...
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Build a Diversity and Inclusion strategy for your organization with these 4 tips

4 Tips for Building a Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

It’s no secret that diversity and inclusion are serious business. A recent survey found that 69% of executives list diversity and inclusion as an important issue for their companies and that over 86% of candidates rate diversity as a key concern when choosing an employer. So why are so many organizations struggling to make an exceptional change? Plans and Strategies vs. Programs When it comes to targeting new talent or ...
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Video interviews save time and reduce bias

Save Time and Lose Bias with One-Way Video Interviews

As organizations continue to adapt to the ‘new normal’, recruitment has become a rapidly evolving business function. Without the time-tested tools of in-person interviews, smart organizations are turning to ‘one-way’ or ‘asynchronous’ video interviews. Not only do one-way video interviews reduce the cost and effort associated with recruitment, but they also help to remove implicit bias from the talent identification processes. What are asynchronous video interviews? Like a lot of ...
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The Peter Principle: How to avoid promoting to incompetence

How to Avoid the Pitfalls of the ‘Peter Principle’

The manager who leaves you shaking your head after every call, wondering how ‘they' ever gave ‘that guy’ so much responsibility. The colleague who seemed like a do-it-all superstar right up until her last promotion, but now can’t organize her own inbox. The team leader who calls endless meetings, but always seems more than a little confused about the big deliverable. Sound familiar? If you’ve worked in corporate America you’ve ...
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How to Learn from Underperforming Employees

Underperforming employees can require a lot of resources and unpleasant conversations. One study estimates that low performing employees make up between five and ten percent of your workforce. However, they consume at least 26% of their managers’ time. But it’s not all negative. Whether they’re diamonds in the rough or cautionary tales, we have a lot to learn from underperforming employees if we focus on the data. Choose objectivity over ...
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Why You Should Use Structured Interviews to Eliminate Bias in Hiring

Why You Should Use Structured Interviews to Eliminate Hiring Bias

Many hiring managers prefer to use conversational interviews to evaluate potential new employees. Why? Without a structured interview's rigid script, you can be yourself and encourage applicants to let their guard down. Perhaps even get to know them before making a decision. Fans of unstructured interviews point out that applicants tend to feel more at ease without the pressure of pre-set questions. Plus, candidates report forming higher overall impressions of ...
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Everyone Wins in a Diverse Workplace

Everyone Wins in a Diverse Workforce

Diversity initiatives are not just a politically correct box to check – they are a powerful tool for organizational success. Having a diverse workforce of employees from different backgrounds with different experiences helps your team solve problems more creatively and make stronger decisions. Diversity, whether in terms of demographics or encompassing other unique experiences that inform one’s work, is a critical advantage. Why does fostering a diverse workforce create an ...
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Implicit bias may be a fact of our human existence, but it doesn’t have to control your workplace. AI can help by providing objectivity.

Rooting Out Implicit Bias in the Workplace

Anti-Racism 101: Tools for Human Resources Professionals Have you ever made a comment like this when describing one of your colleagues, an interview candidate or someone you met at a meeting or in a conference? “He just didn’t feel like a good fit for the company.”“Something about her seemed a bit ‘off’.”“He’s very competent. I can tell by the way he carries himself.”“She’s so well-spoken and polished. What a pleasant ...
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Failing to broach the subject of diversity at work sends a powerful and damaging message to a diverse employee base.

When Fostering Diversity at Work, Listening is the Key

Protests sweeping across the country and around the world have ignited urgent new conversations about race and racism. During these times, we have heard repeated requests from educators, activists, academics, artists, and ordinary people to listen to people of color – to make space for the voices of those traditionally marginalized, including in conversations about diversity at work. Deanna Van Buren, an architect and restorative justice expert explains, “Black and ...
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Learn more from our CEO as he shares his observations about the challenges in hiring developers, as well as some solutions to those issues.

Why Most Companies Get Hiring Developers Wrong

In my software development career, I’ve been hired and I have hired. Now, in my job of running a Talent Assessment company, I’ve been observing our customers dealing with the precarious nature of software developer hiring. As a result, I want to share my observations about the challenges in hiring developers as well as some solutions. 1. Talent Shortage? In 2019, 126,066 new Computer Science graduates (at both the B.S ...
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AI in HR: A Perfect Match?

Getting Smart About Artificial Intelligence (AI) in HR

Selecting your next binge-worthy Netflix drama. Tagging your mom in that Facebook-worthy family portrait. Optimizing your route to work to avoid traffic. Brushing your teeth. What do all these activities have in common? Artificial intelligence (AI). (Yes, even dental hygiene!) Surprised? Were you thinking of chess-playing computers and robot dogs? Or maybe a manipulative supercomputer? Real-life AI may not be quite so cinematic, but it’s significantly more powerful. How powerful? ...
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Bias in AI does exist. How can we avoid an algorithm presenting bias into the equation? Read more on Cangrade's stance on bias in AI.

Race, Responsibility & Hiring Algorithms: Our Stance on Bias in AI

Frankenstein’s monster or Dr. Frankenstein? Algorithms provide a cloak of objectivity – but that doesn’t make them infallible. Bias in AI does exist. Just like humans, algorithms may rely on stereotypes that reinforce discriminatory hiring practices. Why is this? Because that’s what they’re designed to do. The backbone of many of these potentially biased algorithms is something data-scientists call “satisficing,”. Satisficing is a decision-making strategy that aims for a satisfactory ...
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Navigating the ‘new normal’ of remote work means understanding your workforce in a new way.

3 Personality Traits for Employee Success in the ‘New Normal’ of Remote Work

For five years, Dellea and Angela have shared everything: an office, an administrative assistant, and a key function. Both women work in the Accounting division and, while both do good work and make valuable contributions, Angela always has a slight edge. She’s just a bit faster, a little more precise than Dellea. Since transitioning to remote work, however, the tables seem to have turned. Dellea hands in flawless reports before ...
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