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Michelle Silverstein

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Announcing Our New PowerPoint 2013 Test!

[fa icon="calendar'] January 16, 2017 by Michelle Silverstein

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Today we’re releasing a new skills test for Microsoft PowerPoint 2013. After hearing a lot of customer requests for a PowerPoint assessment, we developed a test designed to evaluate the basic skills needed to succeed in a wide range of jobs requiring regular PowerPoint use.

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Why You Shouldn’t Assume Job Applicants Have Basic Computer Skills

[fa icon="calendar'] December 14, 2016 by Michelle Silverstein

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Computer skills tests are popular amongst employers who want to make sure their job applicants are qualified to work with computers. There are many different types of computer tests used in the pre-hire process, including basic skills tests and micro-skills tests (i.e. specific tests on Excel, Outlook, Photoshop, etc.). But for many employers, computer knowledge seems universal, so they might feel inclined to forgo basic skills tests in favor of more software-specific tests.

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Two Qualities to Look for In Software Developers

[fa icon="calendar'] December 05, 2016 by Michelle Silverstein

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Software developers are in high demand. But when it comes to hiring software developers, what qualities should you be looking for in a candidate? Developers are a diverse group, representing a wide range of people with a large array of skills and abilities. While some tech-focused recruiters seek out candidates who know a particular programming language (e.g. SQL, JavaScript, C++, Python, etc.), simply knowing a specific language tends to only predict short term success.

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We’re Updating the Language on a few of our Personality Tests

[fa icon="calendar'] November 23, 2016 by Michelle Silverstein

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The Big Five Model of Personality is one of the most established personality theories in psychology. The five pillars of this model are its five traits: Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Extroversion, Openness, and Stability.

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4 Hiring Trends to be Thankful for this Year

[fa icon="calendar'] November 22, 2016 by Michelle Silverstein

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For a lot of reasons, 2016 has been a contentious year. One development that’s less controversial, however, are all of the promising trends that are evolving in the world of HR.  With Thanksgiving fast approaching, here are four of the hiring trends we’re most thankful for this year:

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Should You Be Hiring People With Grit?

[fa icon="calendar'] October 28, 2016 by Michelle Silverstein

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Grit is one of the latest buzzwords in personality research, due in large part to the work of psychologist Angela Duckworth. In her book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Duckworth argues that much of the success obtained by high achievers in life can be explained by a personality trait she calls grit, defined as a person’s perseverance and motivation to complete long-term goals.

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The Trait You Should Look for In Every Job Candidate

[fa icon="calendar'] October 06, 2016 by Michelle Silverstein

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The job market is filled with a diverse array of jobs suited for an equally diverse set of personalities. A sales associate probably won’t have the same personality as a software developer, nor should they. There are very few personality traits that are predictive of success across every type of position. However, extensive research has demonstrated that one personality trait is correlated with success in just about every job out there. That trait is Conscientiousness.

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How Integrity Tests Get Honest Answers

[fa icon="calendar'] August 24, 2016 by Michelle Silverstein

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Integrity tests are one type of pre-hire personality test that seeks to determine how likely it is that a person may engage in counterproductive work behaviors, such as theft, fraud, or tardiness. Most personality tests measure a person’s traits and behavioral tendencies through a series of targeted questions, but the way in which different tests go about asking these questions can vary quite a bit.

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Should You Ask Job Candidates About Salary History?

[fa icon="calendar'] August 15, 2016 by Michelle Silverstein

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Recently, Massachusetts passed a law prohibiting employers from requiring job candidates to divulge how much they earned in their last position. Massachusetts is the first state to pass a law of this kind, which will go into effect in 2018. Although the new legislation was designed to help close the wage gap hindering women from earning as much as men, the law will effectively help people of all backgrounds who are seeking to advance their careers.

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Why You Shouldn’t Use the DISC for Hiring

[fa icon="calendar'] July 25, 2016 by Michelle Silverstein

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The DISC test is one of the most widely used personality assessments, but it shouldn’t be used for making hiring decisions. Why? Simply put, it’s not predictive of job performance.

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