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Shaker runners, left to right: Lauren Borden, Tyler Slezak, Matt Sloan, Daly Vaughn, Jill Floyd, Marc Wenzel, Noelle Frantz The 25th Annual Frank Landy 5K Fun Run was recently held at Walt Disney World during the 32nd Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. A team of nimble Shaker runners readied their hearts and hamstrings for a performance they hoped would be worthy of the Magic Kingdom. Florida’s climate shows no mercy even to the lion-he…

Damaging stereotypes and age discrimination in the workplace

by Jen Wason

Cultural messaging is pretty clear: mainstream society (at least according to advertisers) expects you to take pains to appear younger than your age. If you’re looking for work as an older adult, the stakes are even higher. You’re urged to appear younger in your job search—don’t look too old on your resume and especially not in person. Appearing too old aligns you with assumptions about older workers being less competent, adaptable, and a whole lot of other dam…

The learning is the winning: The data behind your candidate experience is its own reward

At a recent Candidate Experience (CandE) Workshop, participant Julie Walker of Pillar Technology had an epiphany.  Committed to elevating the candidate experience, Shaker is a Global Platinum sponsor of the annual Candidate Experience (CandE) Award and Benchmark Program. Shaker executive vice president Joseph P. Murphy also serves as a Talent Board board member.Participating in the CandE Awards program collects the data you need to really get to know your staffing process. Analys…

Candidate Experience Award winner Hyland explains how to win over applicants

Talent Board recently teamed up with global software company Hyland for a Candidate Experience (CandE) Awards workshop in Cleveland to discuss the value of the candidate experience. (Workshop summary below video.)   Joseph P. Murphy, Talent Board board member and Shaker executive vice president, provided snapshots of some of the data collected from more than 220,000 candidates as part of the 2016 CandE Award and Benchmark Program and facilitated discussion of how to improve the …

Shaker to showcase Virtual Job Tryout at ICMI Contact Center Expo

Shaker will highlight its Virtual Job Tryout (VJT) solutions during the ICMI Contact Center Expo and Conference taking place May 22-25 in Orlando. In a new era of customer experiences, the stakes are high and the need for quality talent is great. Today’s contact center leaders are tasked with the tall order of finding the right people who can deliver the right level of service at the right pace. During the ICMI Contact Center Expo, the Shaker team will be on hand to demonstrate it…

Candidate experience Q&A: Ralph Meyer, Senior HR Manager, Vitamix

You may know Vitamix for its unique blend (see what we did there?) of product innovation and healthy eating. The company has been around since 1921 and widely credited with igniting the smoothie movement of the 1990s, thanks to its development of the first true commercial blender. Today, Vitamix continues to win awards for its versatile, easy-to-use products and prides itself on providing consumers with an outstanding experience with its blending solutions. Despite its many successes, …

Hey, kid – get a job!

by Scott Goodman

It’s Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. More than just a day for kids to miss school to hang out with their parents on the job, this day is meant to help kids discover the possibilities for creating a fulfilling career and inspire them to share a vision of their own future. As a kid, I always had a clear idea of what I wanted to be when I grew up: astronaut, professional football player, actor. And even though industrial-organizational psychologist was nowhere near my radar …

Shaker brings Virtual Job Tryout to DirectEmployers 2017 Annual Meeting

Shaker will spotlight its Virtual Job Tryout (VJT) technology during the DirectEmployers 2017 Annual Meeting and Conferece May 9-11 in Indianapolis. While applying and interviewing for jobs, candidates dig around for information about potential employers, learning about an organization’s products and services, reading employee testimonials, and looking for insights into company values and culture. At the same time, employers keep an eye out for certain types of skills, professio…

Self-driving hiring

by Joseph Murphy

Andy Kessler’s Bad Intelligence Behind the Wheel in today’s Wall Street Journal warns that “Machine learning will bring amazing innovations—and dangers and lawsuits.” The article uses autonomous cars as the context for offering clear definitions and examples of the science and disciplines emerging from the explosion of data, storage, and analytic capabilities. Machine learning, artificial intelligence, deep learning, and neural networks are techniques gaini…

Shaker’s Alison Carr discusses applicant drop out on I-O podcast

by Jen Wason

Shaker associate Alison Carr joined Ben Butina’s Department 12 podcast to talk about research she helped conduct about what motivates applicants to drop out of the selection process. The research challenges long-held assumptions that shorter assessments mean higher completion rates. According to the data, assessment length is not a driver of applicant drop out and efforts to curtail drop out by shortening assessment length may actually be counterproductive. The findings were re…