Hire An Insider or Bring in an Outsider: That is the Question!

Stephanie TroianoCandidate Selection Process Strategy, Employee Development, Employee Performance Reviews, Finding Top Quality Candidates, Promotion & Employee Performance, Using Pre-Employment Assessment Tests

Leader of a company standing in front of a conference table with seated employees

When it comes to planning for the continuity of your business when you leave, it’s crucial that you not only have a succession plan in place to ensure that the transition is as seamless as possible, you also need to hire an ideal candidate to replace you. Indeed, hiring your successor, and laying out a … Read More

3 Performance Management Goals Your Team Will Actually Want to Complete

Jenna SpinelleCompany Culture and Environment, Employee Development, Management, Promotion & Employee Performance, Using Pre-Employment Assessment Tests

Employee in front of a team, sharing ideas and presenting on sticky notes

It’s the start of a new calendar year, and halfway through the fiscal year for some organizations, which means it’s time to think about performance management goals. Performance management is a process by which employees and their supervisor set professional goals to be completed in a set period of time. Goals are usually a mix … Read More

This #1 Skill Makes the Best Employees

Stephanie TroianoFinding Top Quality Candidates, Interview for Achievement, Using Pre-Employment Assessment Tests

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One of the most sought after skills we hear about all the time from clients is critical thinking. Employers are more attracted to candidates who demonstrate a high degree of problem solving, creativity in their thinking, troubleshooting, analytical intelligence, and overall logic because these skills indicate a higher likelihood of success in any role. Pearson … Read More

Avoid Playing the Blame Game With Your Next Hire

Stephanie TroianoCandidate Selection Process Strategy, Finding Top Quality Candidates, Interview for Attitude, News, The Latest, Using Pre-Employment Assessment Tests

Small wooden figurines of different colors resembling people lined up next to each other

You know the conversation well. Employee rushes in late for the 8:00 am conference call. “Sorry I’m running late…” as he nearly drops his coffee across the conference room table, “traffic was a nightmare!” Isn’t traffic a nightmare, though? Sure it is. But do all employees rush in late because of it? Blame and Defensiveness … Read More

What Happens After You’ve Tested Your Candidates?

Stephanie TroianoCandidate Selection Process Strategy, Closing the Deal with Candidates, Finding Top Quality Candidates, News, Using Pre-Employment Assessment Tests

Colleagues passing a folder across a table to each other.

You’ve been through why testing saves time and money, what types of assessments are available, and how to utilize testing tools to help you identify and select more qualified candidates for your positions…so what happens after all of this? What if you’re ready to make an offer? What if, after your thorough assessment of the … Read More

3 Ways to Help Employees in Times of Crisis

Jenna SpinelleCandidate Experience, Employee Engagement, Remote Workers & Employment, Using Pre-Employment Assessment Tests, Work Tips & Productivity

stressed out employee staring at her computer

From Hurricane Michael in Florida to wildfires in California, natural disaster strikes impact more and more people around the country and disrupt every facet of life in the process. When someone is dealing with a crisis like this, often one of the last things on their mind is work. These trying times are opportunities for … Read More

Is Your Candidate is a Team Player?

Stephanie TroianoClosing the Deal with Candidates, Finding Top Quality Candidates, Initial Interviews, Interview for Achievement, Interview for Attitude, Job Advertisements, Using Pre-Employment Assessment Tests

Group of people in a huddle with their hands together

Assessing teamwork ability in potential employees can be tricky. Without the chance to truly witness your candidates interacting with others in the workplace, you must rely on interview questions, references, and assessment tests. The first two should focus on candidates’ past performance in previous jobs. Getting the applicant and, if possible, their past supervisors to … Read More

Best Practices: Screening & Assessing Candidates

Stephanie TroianoCandidate Experience, Candidate Selection Process Strategy, Employee Engagement, Finding Top Quality Candidates, Initial Interviews, Screening Resumes, Using Pre-Employment Assessment Tests

Candidate Interviewing With a New Team

Screening candidates is often one of the most labor-intensive parts of your hiring process. Following a structured plan can help you work through this screening phase quickly and efficiently. Factoring in the use of pre-employment assessments in your hiring process already puts you light years ahead of other companies who aren’t assessing their candidates in … Read More

5 Things You Need to Know About Hiring Millennials

Jenna SpinelleCandidate Selection Process Strategy, Finding Top Quality Candidates, Interview for Achievement, Interview for Attitude, Interview for Culture Fits, Job Advertisements, Millennials, News, Using Pre-Employment Assessment Tests

On Hiring Millennials in the Workplace

Millennials, or those age 21-36, are now the largest segment of the U.S. workforce. As Baby Boomers retire, this generation is only going to grow in its power and influence. The lifestyle of these digital natives is very different than the generations that came before them, which can lead to conflicts and misunderstandings in the … Read More

Interviewing for Attitude Issues: 6 Steps

Stephanie TroianoFinding Top Quality Candidates, Interview for Achievement, Interview for Attitude, News, Using Pre-Employment Assessment Tests

Woman shaking hands with a prospective employer during a first meeting interview.

Attitude is one of those things that oftentimes get by interviewers in the interview phase. Candidates are on their best behavior in an interview and so it’s not always easy to spot red flags or areas of concern. Mark Murphy wrote a terrific book on interviewing for attitude, which I highly recommend. His company, Leadership IQ conducted … Read More