Quality of Hire Blog

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…

Changing your organizational climate through storytelling

by Jen Wason

April 22 is Earth Day, a time for raising awareness of and concern for the environment and the links between pollution and public health. The conventional wisdom is that small, everyday actions can be meaningful for steering us all toward a healthier, more sustainable future. As you think about the incremental changes you can make to improve our natural environment, also consider the potential toxicity of your organizational culture. High-performing organizations value and cultivate c…

An open letter about the "utter uselessness" of job interviews

by Brian M. Stern

Jason Dana, assistant professor of management and marketing at the Yale School of Management, recently argued in The New York Times that job interviews are “utterly useless” in identifying the best candidates for the job. Dana describes an experiment that purports to demonstrate interviews as inconsequential to determining the future success of applicants. He claims that interviewers often form strong impressions about applicants that frequently turn out to be entirely inacc…

Shaker Snippet: Taking time to celebrate

At Shaker, we find a reason to celebrate each other as often as we can. Birthdays are an easy excuse to come together for some laughing and singing (and also some pie). Happy birthday to Insights team associate Andrew Barsa!  

Assessment drop out: What's really behind candidate behaviors will surprise you

by Jen Wason

Do longer assessments mean higher applicant drop out? Recent Shaker research shines a light on long-held assumptions that shorter assessments mean higher completion rates. According to the data, assessment length is not a driver of candidate drop out, so shortening your assessment may not be buying you what you think it is. Shaker associates Carter Gibson and Alison Carr and intern Matt Sloan conducted research and co-authored the article "Are Applicants More Likely to Quit Longer Asse…

Shaker experts talk assessments on recent HCI podcast

Shaker associates Alison Carr and Dan Koletsky recently appeared on the Human Capital Institute’s Nine to Thrive HR podcast to help provide a primer on talent assessments. They discuss how assessments are developed and used and other things you need to know if you’re at the beginning of you data analysis journey. Assessments allow you to measure what you want to find out about your job candidates in a deliberate way. What’s important and sometimes overlooked is ensurin…

Robo-recruiter: Better results, less effort, lower costs

by Joseph Murphy

Stock pickers, individuals who collect data from various sources to make complex decisions, are going away in favor of data-enabled processes that produce better outcomes. Are recruiters next? Traditional investment selection decisions in actively managed portfolios are based upon listening to investor earnings calls, reading the lines (and between the lines) in annual reports, and evaluating market and trend reports and press releases. Assimilating and aggregating all this data leads t…

See us at SIOP 2017

You're sure to see us around this year's event as presenters, attendees, and exhibitors. The annual conference connects industrial and organizational psychology (I-O) professionals with the latest innovations and best practices to emerge in the field related to improving employee selection, performance, and retention.A Diamond Partner of SIOP 2017, Shaker will play a prominent role in the event. Visit Shaker at Booth 200 to get a closer look at our Virtual Job Tryout technology. We're al…

Spring fever: Sowing the seeds of hiring success

No matter what snow may linger in your neighborhood, our calendars say spring is officially underway. It's a time of awakening, when dormant things come to life. Tender new growth bursts forth with startling and fresh promise. Many look forward to this season for its annual call to clean and renew, appraise and improve. What new life can you bring to your talent acquisition practices? Consider where the opportunities are to reinvigorate your quality of hire, grow your talent pool, or o…