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

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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 …

How to Identify Weaponized Feedback | Gary Dumais | Select Human Resources

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Has so-called “constructive feedback” ever been used to undermine you or someone you know?  If so, you’ve probably experienced what I refer to as “weaponized feedback”.  And from what I’ve observed during my work with companies as a business psychologist, the use of weaponized feedback is unfortunately on the rise. The most important element (and …

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 …

Communication Tip: “The Medium is the Message”

Surprisingly, the most important part of communication is NOT what you say or write.  For example, imagine you’re walking down a busy city street and see a disheveled man holding a sign saying, “The World Ends Today”.  Most likely, you wouldn’t be too concerned about the world ending.  In contrast, imagine you turned on your …

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 …