Don’t DIY Your Employment Tests

Like many HR pros, I have lived the “Skilled Labor Hard to Find” headlines.  At one company, we had a hard time finding employees with strong math and computer skills. The HR team set out to “solve” this gap by analyzing our locations: Which had high turnover? Low turnover? Which was most productive? Which had […]

Create Equitable and Culturally Responsive Assessment Tests

Here is a challenge for you: Try to produce a skills test that is both equitable and culturally responsive. It may sound simple, but designing a skills assessment that does not disparately impact one group or another is impossible. It simply can’t be done, right? All tests are culturally biased, are NOT equitable, and lend […]

How to Stop Candidates from Gaming the Interview Process

Breaking News! People lie during job interviews. Some companies also lie during job interviews, but we’re not discussing lies, per say, today, we are discussing “gaming the interview.” You may be wondering what that even means. Well, gaming the interview happens when a candidate doesn’t flat out lie yet gives a response that can be […]

Measure What Matters – Why Interviews Are Unreliable

“An interview can profoundly affect the candidate’s decision to join or not to join a company.” —Interview EDGE, Volume 2, Number 6 Interviews are universally used by companies to make selection decisions on candidates, but, as the quote above states, candidates also use the interview to make their selection decisions on which company they will […]

Hire for the Skills. Not for the Title.

Once upon a time, a manager was a manager. Organizations had clear hierarchies, and job titles indicated an employee’s experience and level of responsibility, and they meant the same thing to anyone reading a résumé. Not anymore. Today, employment is more fragmented, and a job seeker’s work experience might include freelancing, entrepreneurship, a traditional 9-to-5 […]

Why Skills Testing Is the Key for Successful Employee Retention

The online technology to acquire and assess professional skills is constantly improving and increasingly being adopted by human resource departments.  This should move hiring away from being driven by networking power to being driven by skills meritocracy. That’s why a critical step in your hiring process should be skills testing. Leaving this step out of your […]

Should You Recruit Internally or Externally?

It is an age-old HR debate: Should you recruit talent internally or externally? Most HR professionals would probably say, “It depends.” Well, by the end of this article, I will give you my definitive position on the subject, but first, let’s define both options and layout some pros and cons for each. What is internal […]

The Top Ten Skills That Employers Want [Part 2]

Many people, including me, have conjectured the skill sets needed to remain employed in the future. One thing is clear: Specific technical skills won’t help you survive. With the fast pace of change today, honing in on one specific technical skill will lead to disaster. By the time you master one technical skill, it will […]

The Top Ten Skills That Employers Want [Part 1]

Rapidly changing technology is in the news every day. Headlines about robots replacing workers, AI taking work from office workers, and driverless trucks and cars are making workers and employers wonder what skills will be necessary to keep people employed. If only HR recruiters had a checklist that could precisely tell them what to look […]

The History of Skills Testing

Imagine sitting down for an interview and having the interviewer introduce the company phrenologist to you. The phrenologist proceeds to feel your skull and, making an assessment of the bumps on your skull, determines if you are going to be a good fit for the company. At one point in time, including in the 19th […]