What Steps Should Be Taken Before You Can Start Testing Candidates

A critical part of the job candidate screening process is testing. Here’s what you should know before you begin… There aren’t too many people who enjoy taking tests, especially in high-pressure situations, but the fact is that they are extremely useful for the purpose of selecting desirable employees. You can significantly improve y...

Predicting, Stopping Employee Theft in the Workplace

How prevalent is theft at your workplace? How much is it costing your company? Most importantly, how can you stop it? The answer is to prevent it before it even becomes an issue. By having a robust screening process in place for job candidates, you can minimize the chance you will hire someone inclined to engage in employee theft. There a...

The Benefits of Online Testing

Are your online testing methods as effective and efficient as they can be? Wonderlic discusses the perks of administering your pre-employment or student admissions assessments online. Computers and the internet are vit...

Advanced Skills in the Workplace

Although advanced skills are required for many jobs, HR professionals are having extreme difficulties recruiting skilled workers. For example, according to a 2013 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) survey of over 3,400 HR professionals, 55% noted that they had difficulties finding employees with sufficient writing skills....

Why Some Companies Don’t Use Pre-Employment Testing

Wonderlic recently surveyed over 300 HR professionals about their assessment strategy, and the results show a vast majority of respondents believe pre-employment assessments lead to better hiring decisions. In fact, even 85% of those who work at compa...

How to Do a Better Reference Check – Automated

Reference checks are an essential step in your hiring process. As someone who has conducted a large number of reference checks, I know the process is time consuming, and often not very informative....

How Often do Employees Lie, Cheat, and Steal? Identifying Counterproductivity.

After being stripped of seven Tour de France titles and an Olympic bronze medal, Lance Armstrong finally came clean about his use of banned performance-enhancing drugs. It seems that cheating, and then lying about the cheating, is becoming more widespread in sports, especially when the stakes are high. For example, some of the best baseba...

What You Can Ask During a Job Interview

Do you know what you can ask during a job interview? Improper or inadvisable questions can lead to costly lawsuits. In short, you must know what you can’t (and shouldn't) ask during a job interview. Let's take a look at the following example: On October 28, 1992, John Otero went into a Wal-Mart store in Las Cruces, New Mexico to i...

Synergy in Testing: Combining Personnel Assessments for Optimal Results

There are all sorts of tools you can use for screening job applicants. Two are particularly effective when used together… When many businesses do testing before a hire, they choose to focus on one area, such as basic skills or personality. While this practice can provide valuable information about an applicant, the validity of the hirin...