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Some experts estimate that up to 60 percent of candidates are expected to take workplace assessments. While many organizations use personality testing for career development, about 22 percent use it to evaluate job candidates, according to the results of a 2014 survey of 344 Society for Human Resource Management members. As the years pass, these numbers will only grow. Learning the details of career personality tests can help you properly implement them in your workplace, or how to handle them when they come up in hiring situations. Many assessments are based on the Five Factor Model, which includes openness to experience, conscientiousness,

Career tests are an ideal way to determine your strengths, interests, and aptitude for a specific career path. In order to utilize them properly, you should know how they work, how you can get them, and the difference types of tests.   How They Work Career tests can be used whether you already have a career path in mind or not. If you don’t, they can help you get an idea of what career paths are ideal for you. If you already know what you want, career tests are still helpful. They can show you what aspects you have that

June 29, 2017 – Waco, TX: Waco-based assessment company Talexes is excited to announce the addition of a new product to their line of employee assessments. With the release of the TalassureFire, Talexes aims to assist fire chiefs in hiring the most appropriate addition to these essential public service teams. The TalassureFire was built by Talexes under the direction of a fire industry psychologist using data exclusively garnered from firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics. Because these emergency responders spend much of their time in the firehouse waiting to be called into action, it is pivotal that the dynamic of the working

CareerBuilder found that 40 percent of employees who don’t feel meaningfully recognized will not go above their formal responsibilities. And 50 percent believe increased recognition would reduce voluntary turnover. With these figures in mind, think about your organization’s current employee appreciation methods. Are you confident that they are sufficient to give your employees the recognition and satisfaction they deserve? If you’re unsure, take a look at these employee appreciation ideas for some inspiration to liven up your organization’s engagement. Social butterfly – Acknowledge an employee’s successes on the company Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin pages. Not only will this increase recognition,

Where does your organization rank employee recognition in terms of importance when it comes to overall company functionality? Unfortunately, most rank it much lower on the list than it should be. Employee recognition is the backbone of employee engagement—no one wants to do impressive work, or continue doing it, if they feel like it goes unnoticed or unappreciated. It’s important to know everything you can about employee recognition in order for it to effectively help your organization.   Here are several facts about employee recognition that everyone should know.   87 percent of recognition programs focus on tenure. The number

When it comes to leadership, which do you think is better: authority or influence? According to Fast Company, “a leader who applies influence rather than asserts authority is likelier to succeed.” Why is this? For one, associating with your employees instead of asserting authority over them makes for more communication and gives the employees a feeling of importance and stronger ties with the project of which they are assigned. The second positive effect of influential leadership is that it helps women overcome the double standard that being in charge and giving orders is seen as bossy and demanding, yet considered

Management training is essential to the entire workforce and its successful development. If you haven’t made the effort to go the extra mile for your management training process, here are several reasons why you should. The employee-manager relationship is the most important factor of employee engagement—that bond can be sturdily formed through management training. Referring to the previous point, a more engaged employee is a more productive employee. Don’t leave your managers to stumble through the learning process blindly, give them the knowledge they need to properly lead your team. The basics of sound management should be a part of

It’s time for a little self-evaluation. Do you see determining a career path as impossible? Are you so on the fence about the path you’ve chosen that the thought of pursuing it produces a less-than-happy feeling? When it comes to your career, are you just generally clueless about what you want or what you’d be good at? If you said yes to any of these, you’re an ideal candidate for a career aptitude test. More commonly referred to as inventories since there are no right or wrong answers like a traditional test, these career aptitude tests help you get a

We are nearly 2 decades into the 21st century. The newest generation in the workforce was raised with a smartphone in hand. If your recruitment strategies don’t include and focus on mobile and online recruiting, it may be time for an update. With all these technological updates, today’s job seekers have different expectations and often use their mobile device or the web to look for: Instant updates about new jobs Immediate feedback for their job applications Recruiting videos to watch Engaging, interactive content from employers Online platforms allow for plenty of creative recruiting tactics. Tech-friendly recruiting strategies give way to

The most difficult part of the employee lifecycle is the hiring part—no wonder it is also the most flawed for many organizations. It is important to keep employees and future employees comfortable and engaged. This theory seems a little contradictory, considering the first encounter you have with a potential employee is a particularly stressful and uncomfortable situation: the interview. The fact is there are ways to effectively interview—and therefore effectively hire—minus all the stress and discomfort. Check out these interview strategies for effective hiring, courtesy of Monster.com. Being prepared in advance is a necessity. Having questions in mind (or written