Experts vs. Tools | Employee Assessment | Gary Dumais, Psy.D., SPHR

If you had a serious medical or legal problem, you’d seek the best physician or lawyer you could find.  Notice you’d be focused on finding the right person; ideally an expert with the right credentials and experience to resolve your problem.  …

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Goldilocks Chooses a Consulting Firm | Gary Dumais | Select Human Resources

This article is most helpful to anyone seeking to hire a consultant or consulting firm to provide psychological assessments for employee selection, promotion, and development. Like the children’s story, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”, psychological assessment providers can be grouped …

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Best Practices for Assessing Job Candidates | Gary Dumais | Select Human Resources

What is a “candidate selection assessment”? When I moved to Philadelphia about ten years ago, I was surprised to find that many companies had never heard of a “selection assessment”.  Instead, they were using only traditional candidate screening methods such …

How to Handle a Behavioral Interview | Gary Dumais | Select Human Resources

I’ve interviewed thousands of job candidates as a Business Psychologist and Human Resource professional.  In this article, I’m going to share some advice about how to prepare for and respond to behavioral job interview questions. What is a Behavioral Interview? …

The Difference Between Recruiters and Business Psychologists

When I tell people I’m a Business Psychologist that helps companies choose the right people for key roles, many respond with, “Oh, you’re a Recruiter”.  Recruiters can play an important part in the hiring process, but what Business Psychologist do …

The Costs of Bad Hires; getting senior leadership to take action

What’s a company’s greatest expense?  Many might guess it’s the cost of producing products, research and development, or marketing and advertising.  However, for most companies, their greatest expense by far is employees.  Just think about the costs associated with paying …

The Drawbacks of Using “Big” Consulting Firms

Human Resource professionals, executives, and other important decision-makers within companies are often tasked with choosing a consulting firm to help them with pressing Human Capital needs (e.g., recruiting, selecting, and developing people, etc.).  Too often, I see these busy professionals …

Interviewing people: The overlooked importance of building and maintaining rapport.

Strike-up a conversation with Human Resource professionals and Psychologists about best practices related to interviewing and you’ll quickly hear discussion about using behaviorally based interview techniques, asking questions about what people did do in business situations rather than what they …

What’s one of the best things I can do to advance in my career?

I’m asked this question often in my work as a Business Psychologist and Human Resource Consultant.  One of my answers is “find a mentor”.  Working with a mentor can have tremendous benefits, and it’s one of the most valuable things …

Do you need to pass criminal background checks and psychological testing to be a Business Consulting Psychologist?

In my experience as a Business Psychologist and Human Resource Consultant, the answer is yes, you most certainly do need to maintain a clean record and must repeatedly pass psychological evaluations.  For example, in my work with Energy companies (e.g., …