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Warning: This Job is Not Perfect (Realistic Job Previews Can Help)

Posted by  Bekah Regan

You know that game, White Elephant, that some people play around the holidays? Basically, everyone wraps up something inexpensive (or free – if it’s lying around your house), each person is assigned a number, and the person with the number one gets to pick the first gift. Those beautifully wrapped presents have so much promise! But when you open one, it’s just someone else’s junk: a pair of socks they never wore, a useless kitchen gadget, or old knick-knacks. Although this game can be quite amusing, you don’t want your hiring process to feel like a game of white elephant.


How to Successfully Add a Production Simulation to Your Hiring Process

Posted by  Connie Gentry

manufacturing-worker.jpgAs selection systems and employer’s hiring needs continue to evolve, pre-employment tools such as realistic job previews and hands-on work simulations are becoming more prevalent. This is a trend that we especially tend to see in the manufacturing sector. Exercises or “production simulations” allow employers to get a concrete measure of a candidate’s ability to effectively perform the same type of tasks that they would be performing on the job.

Having been involved in the development and design of many custom production simulations, Select International Project Consultant, Eli Castruita, knows firsthand the amount of planning, resources, and costs that go into making an effective production simulation. Below, Eli has outlined 5 essential steps that employers should consider when contemplating the addition of a production simulation to their hiring process.


Should You Use a Job Simulation in Hiring?

Posted by  Steven Jarrett, Ph.D.

174772259Every organization – large or small, public or private, profitable or not – can share in the pain of trying to hire new talent into the organization. Talk with any hiring manager who has been at it for awhile, and they will have an exemplar story of the one bad hire who snuck through their process. Hiring is difficult, no doubt about it. We often have to wonder if the polished professional individual sitting across us in the interview will be the same person who shows up to work 6 months, 1 year, or 5 years down the road. People will often say the best predictor of future performance is an individual’s past performance (on a similar type of job). I can now hear the collective masses retorting, “How the heck am I supposed to know how they performed at their old job, and furthermore, what if they have never done this new job?”


Using Assessments to Improve the Candidate Experience

Posted by  Matthew O'Connell, Ph.D.


ATP Innovations in Testing Conference: Trends in Employee Assessment Simulations

Posted by  Matthew O'Connell, Ph.D.

On Monday, February 28th I will be presenting at the ATP Innovations in Testing Conference in Palm Springs, CA.  I will be talking about two interactive simulations that we developed at Select to measure a person’s ability to multitask effectively.  One of the simulations is more relevant for manufacturing environments while the other is designed for call centers.  Technology is making it easier for us as test developers to come up with creative, interactive solutions to address specific assessment issues and multitasking lends itself to such an approach. 


Are All Types of Employee Assessments Alike?

Posted by  Amie Lawrence, Ph.D.

Are all employee assessments alike?  The short answer is a resounding no.  There are many kinds of assessment tools available for use.  The right assessments can greatly increase the accuracy and efficiency of your hiring decisions but finding the right assessments can be a challenge of its own.  Below are some of the top types of employee assessments used for hiring:

Types of Employee Assessments:


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