Dr. Wendell Williams

About the Author

R. Wendell Williams, Ph.D., is Managing Director of ScientificSelection.com. He specializes in helping organizations develop job competencies, measure applicant skills, implement performance management programs, develop performance appraisal systems, make promotion decisions, and develop Web-enabled hiring sites. Contact him at rww@scientificselection.com .

Hiring Secrets from Great Coaches and Other Workplace Myths

Editor’s Note: Readers frequently ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday. Every so often, someone publishes an article about lessons learned from great coaches offering advice about how to select people. Sorry, this is useless nonsense. Why do I say that? Great coaches don’t work with players who…

Building a Top 20 Workforce: Past Performance Doesn’t Predict Future Results

Editor’s Note: Sometimes readers ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday that some of you have requested. .n the early 1800’s, the British textile industry was automating. New, wide-framed looms could be operated by cheap, unskilled labor, bringing more product to more people at better prices….

When It Comes to Evaluating Candidates, Knowing Beats Guessing

Second of two parts If you want to learn whether HR is doing a good job screening candidates for critical job skills, ask the hiring manager. If he/she frequently expresses anger and frustration wasting time interviewing unqualified candidates, you got it wrong. Although hiring managers may not be able to describe critical job…

You May Not Think So, But You Really DO Use Tests When You Hire

First of two parts Two comedians are talking… “Do you test applicants?” “We don’t use tests.” “Oh. You hire everyone who applies?” “No … just the ones who pass interviews.” “You know, interviews are tests.” “We don’t use tests.” You see, it’s a crazy conversation that you hear in the corporate attorney’s office as often as…

That New Post-College SAT? Just Another Way to Hire by the Numbers

As long as I have been in business, hiring managers have been trying to pin a magic number on job candidates in the hope it will indicate future job performance. Sometimes that number is a GPA, combined test score, or even past earnings. Now we have the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+), a test…

What Happens When There Are Too Many Applicants, Too Little Time?

Some organizations are just lucky. They have a huge, Niagara-like, flow of applicants knocking at their front door. They hire teams of people to scan paper resumes. But any experienced recruiter knows resumes contain a considerable amount of fiction. Bad applicants often have good resumes, and good applicants often have bad ones. I’ve…

Personality Tests? They Rarely Predict an Employee’s Job Performance

Using a Personality Test? It seems counter intuitive. Some people claim personality has everything to do with job performance. Others know every piece of serious research shows personality scores have almost nothing to do with job skills. I’ll repeat that: personality scores seldom, if ever, equal skills. Soooo, if personality has nothing to…

The Big Data HR Fad

Nothing excites organizations like another fad. The latest one happens to be a thing called “Big Data.” Big Data refers to collecting so many performance numbers that understanding them becomes difficult. Some people suggest Big Data be applied to HR, which brings me to my point. While Big Data might work for managing…

Big Data: Just Another Big Fad For HR

Nothing excites organizations like another fad. The latest one happens to be a thing called “Big Data.” Big Data refers to collecting so many performance numbers that understanding them becomes difficult. Some people suggest Big Data be applied to HR, which brings me to my point. While Big Data might work for managing…

If You Don’t Know What You’re Looking For, Any Old Interview Question Will Do

OK, you have read all about what to ask in a job interview and have adopted lists of magic questions that will solve all your hiring problems. But what about what not to do? Make no mistake — an interview is not an opportunity to Get-To-Know-Ya, but rather, a verbal test. It has…

Hiring Secrets from Great Coaches and Other Workplace Myths

Every so often, someone publishes an article about lessons learned from great coaches offering advice about how to select people. Sorry, this is useless nonsense. Why do I say that? Great coaches don’t work with players who pass an interview. Their players are thoroughly pre-screened by skilled talent scouts who watched each and…