Screening & Assessment

Gamification Is Changing Assessments For the Better

Even for successful candidates, the recruitment process can be a dizzying rollercoaster ride. There’s the high of that first call with the recruiter — and the realization that, hey, this job might be ‘the one.’ And then there’s the frustration of slogging through hour-long assessments that make you second guess every professional decision…

Your Guide to the More Popular Pre-Hire Assessments

Personality tests are a growing industry. Though recruiters have differing opinions on personality tests as an indicator of  fit, according to a 2011 report, the use of personality assessments was then increasing by as much as 20% per year. Part of the reason pre-employment personality tests are on the rise is because of…

There’s More to People Than Being An “Owl”

I just saw a “game” on Facebook that got my attention.  It said, Each of us possesses different types of personality that fall in the certain category. There are basically four types of people in this world. You can only fit into one of these four personalities; which one is it? The call…

The Case For Junking 9 Box Assessments

The “9 box” is one of the most popular assessment methods in talent management. I first encountered the 9 box in the 1990s when it was a key part of GE’s highly influential Session C performance management method. Since then I have seen 9 boxes used by many organizations with varying degrees of…

Technology is Turning Reference Checks Into Assessments

One of the biggest challenges of recruiting is quality of information. We all know that resumes tell us relatively little and doing structured interviews is expensive. As I discussed in “Using References as a Screening Tool,” technology has given the old sport of reference checking a new life. Ray Bixler, CEO of SkillSurvey,…

Competency Modeling Is As Dated As A Jeans Jacket

What do competency models and jean jackets have in common? They both belong in the nineties, says Christy Panico. She’s assessment manager at Pinsight, a Colorado company that provides online job simulations. In her presentation at DisruptHr Denver in 2015, she challenged the use of competency models as “static and inflexible.” “Does your…

The Top 5 Dumb Things That Hiring Managers Do That Hurt Their Recruiting Results

The talent management practice with the highest business impact, by far, is recruiting. But, a significant part of that impact will be reduced if your hiring managers do dumb things. Yes, hiring managers are the No. 1 contributing factor to hiring success, according to Bersin by Deloitte. Unfortunately, most hiring managers continue to…

Improve Your Hiring Quality With These 3 Measures

One of the most valuable performance metrics for recruitment is the quality of each hire made. However, most talent leaders believe they aren’t measuring quality of hire effectively. According to LinkedIn’s 2016 Global Recruiting survey, only 33% of respondents feel that their methodologies are strong, and an even smaller 5% felt it “best in…

What to Look Out For When You Start Hiring Gen Z

Generation Z (ages 17-26) is catching the attention of marketers, media and the entertainment industry. But what makes this new generation different? As this new generation begins to enter the workforce, it’s time to evaluate how they stack up to previous generations, and how recruiters can help employers prepare for the changing capabilities…

The 5 Secrets of Great Interviewers

Editor’s Note: It’s an annual tradition for TLNT to count down the most popular posts of the previous 12 months. We’re reposting each of the top 25 articles between now and January 2nd. This is No. 12 of 2016. You can find the complete list here In today’s market, it’s imperative to utilize…

There’s Something Missing in Some of the Recruiting/HR Assessments and Technology

Each year I attend the HR Technology Conference, I brace myself for abundant change that resides on the exhibit floor. I am constantly amazed at how each trend is represented by so many vendors’ interpretation of how to “do it right.”  Last year was the year of employee engagement, with most vendors demonstrating how to…

How 3 Companies Improved Their Hiring

You may think you’re bad at judging which candidates will become star employees and which will crash and burn. But it turns out almost everyone is. According to a study out of the University of Toledo in 2000, interviewers tend to form an opinion about a candidate within 10 seconds of the person walking in…

We’re Exploring Whether Technology Can Provide a Better Candidate Experience

We revealed how we launched our new EVP in 2016. The message: Bring Everything You Are. Become Everything You Want.  To help us know “everything you are” and ensure you “become everything you want,” we needed a supporting vehicle. One such vehicle is assessments — they help us understand our potential talent and…

You Say Phone Sourcer – I Say Phone Screener

If you have what you think are phone sourcers working for you, chances are you don’t. What you probably have are individuals who have come into the recruiting industry sometime in the last five to ten years when the term “sourcer” became radicalized to the point where anyone who knew how to make…

Need Innovators? Recruit Those Who See the Glass as Half Empty … and Leaking

Corporate employees can be classified into two categories. The majority of employees must be classified as “the glass is half full” people, who when they look at an existing process or product, they assume that everything is fine. However, a handful of employees can be classified as “the glass is half empty and…