Does Facebook Make Your Hiring Decisions? | Gary Dumais, Psy.D., SPHR

HR woman surprised by internet post

On a conference call with executives, I once again heard a complaint that has become far too familiar: “The candidate had a great resume and passed all the interviews and tests, but then HR found a picture on Facebook of him at a beer festival…so we couldn’t hire him.” As a Business Psychologist specializing in […]

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

Gary Dumais assessing for bad hire

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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