Interviews and Hiring

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

Bad Hire Assessment Phoropter

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 would do, listening for behavioral anchors that align with company competency models, etc. However, in …

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 you can do to enrich your career.  Ideal mentors are experienced professionals who are familiar …

How candid should you be about your weaknesses during a job interview?

People seeking advice about the best way to approach a job interview often ask me this question, as I have conducted thousands of interviews over my career as a Business Psychologist and Human Resource Consultant.  In my experience, a clear trend emerges: people who are the most experienced, qualified, successful, etc. are more candid about …