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Why General Tests Deliver Better Hiring Results Than Specific Skills Tests

[fa icon="calendar'] October 13, 2016 by Josh Millet

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As a pre-employment testing provider, we offer both general aptitude and personality tests, as well as micro-skills tests such as typing tests and computer skills assessments. We’ve written about some of the differences between general tests and more specific tests, and we’ve found that many people continue to have misconceptions about the profound differences between general and specific tests, both in terms of the science behind them and the types of results companies should expect from them.

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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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Striking a Balance Between Quality and Speed in the Hiring Process

[fa icon="calendar'] September 21, 2016 by Josh Millet

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Most hiring tools are designed to accomplish two primary tasks: to more accurately identify quality candidates, and to make the hiring process move more quickly and efficiently, for both employers and job seekers.

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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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Which States are the Smartest?

[fa icon="calendar'] August 05, 2016 by Josh Millet

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Cognitive aptitude is one of the best predictors of job performance because it measures so many key drivers of work success – the ability to solve problems, think critically, and learn new skills. But does cognitive aptitude vary from state to state?

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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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Exciting Updates in HireSelect®!

[fa icon="calendar'] July 01, 2016 by Michelle Silverstein

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Today we’re releasing a whole host of awesome updates in HireSelect, all designed to make your experience even more streamlined and user-friendly. The most obvious change is that we’ve given HireSelect a design facelift, and we’ve also added a number of really great new features that we think you’ll enjoy:

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What Our Data Says About the Gender Wage Gap

[fa icon="calendar'] June 21, 2016 by Michelle Silverstein

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The wage gap between men and women is well-documented, and there’s much debate about the reasons behind the oft-cited statistic that women are paid 77 cents for every dollar earned by men.  One common explanation for the wage gap is that it is, at least in part, affected by the types of jobs and industries that men and women choose for their careers. So we decided to dig into our own data to find out what jobs men and women were actually applying to the most.

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To Find the Best Talent, Look Within

[fa icon="calendar'] June 13, 2016 by Michelle Silverstein

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Different jobs call for different abilities. A well-known best practice for hiring people is to perform a thorough job requirements analysis that documents which skills and abilities are necessary for the job. But when it comes to discovering exactly which qualities best predict job success for a particular role at your organization, knowing where to start can be a challenge.

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