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.  Especially when matters are complex and there’s a lot at stake, consulting with experts is […]

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

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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 into three main categories to choose from.  The following information can help you decide which […]

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

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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 as interviews and reference checks.  I found this to be especially interesting given that surrounding […]

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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? Behaviorally based interviewing is also known as situation based interviewing or the “STAR” method (Situation, […]

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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 is very different. To make a simple comparison, Recruiters are like Real Estate Agents, and […]

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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 salaries, benefits, etc., multiply them across all the employees in a company, and then it’s […]

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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 using the “bigger is better” rule-of-thumb, signing expensive contracts with large consulting firms and ending-up […]

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