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2013 SIOP Conference in Review

April 25, 2013

Select would like to extend a big thank you to everyone that stopped by our booth at the SIOP conference to learn more about our organization, listened in on our symposium, stopped by to ask questions about our posters or interviewed with us at the placement center. It was good seeing you in Houston! We sincerely hope that you left us knowing a little more about why we love the work that we do and how passionate we are about Industrial & Organizational psychology.

One question that we hear when we get back into the office is always - So, what did you learn? While admittedly our main motivations to attend SIOP are the opportunity to learn from others and share the insights we’ve gained over the past year, we also like to make our way back to Pittsburgh with a few good stories.

Here are a few highlights from the 28th Annual SIOP Conference:

Dr. Matt O’Connell, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Select International was inducted as a fellow this year for his outstanding work in the field of I/O psychology. We were all very proud to see Dr. Matt walk across the stage and receive Fellow status. Congratulations, Dr. Matt!

Assessment device research (centered on mobile devices) continued to be a hot topic this year along with a call to action for greater research/practioner partnership and a focus on branding organizational initiatives for “stickiness”. Social media was another popular topic, particularly in terms of why and how it relates to recruitment, selection, training and socialization in the organization.

We also learned that you can, with the right talent and enthusiasm, learn to play a turkey baster as a musical instrument. We wouldn’t have believed it if it hadn’t happened right in front of us. We certainly enjoyed the musical styling of Turkey Baster!


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All things considered, SIOP 2013 was a productive and rewarding experience. If all goes well, we’ll exceed our challenging research goals and have plenty of stories to tell at SIOP 2014. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!  

Amber Thomas Amber Thomas is a Consultant at PSI. In her role, Amber provides custom solutions to a variety of industries. Her contributions include project oversight, day-to-day client support, and on-going consultation.