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On Critics of Testing

November 15, 2011

On Critics of Testing, I am sure that as soon as the first test was invented, by the Chinese according to the history of assessment, the first critic of testing was born. Criticisms of testing are nothing new. I would bet there have been a few test constructors burned at the stake and if we […]

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Keeping Up With Legal Developments in Employment Law and Selection

April 26, 2011

This is a wonderful way to keep up with legal and other research in personnel selection – the Blog from Bryan Baldwin. You can find it at: I also mentioned PTC MW as a great way to keep up with recent developments, since they are in the DC area. Here is there link. If […]

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Is Discrimination Against the Unemployed Illegal?

February 22, 2011

Can a company screen applicants based on their current employment status? It looks like the EEOC would say “NO.” Most likely, the use of current employment as a screen would have adverse impact against minorities and prove difficult to validate. The EEOC recently heard hearings on the matter. You can find a summary here.

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Reporting Adverse Impact – a Report

November 12, 2010

The Center for Corporate Equality has released its TAC paper on best practices and guidance on reporting adverse impact. It is an excellent resource. I disagree only in that I believe the guidance is too technical and mathematical in nature, in doing so it fails to consider the psychological questions or underlying hypotheses. Still, it […]

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From the White House – New Federal Approach to Hiring

May 13, 2010

The memo contained in the corresponding link describes a “new” approach to Federal recruitment and hiring. From an HR perspective, and reading between the lines, two interesting aspects are (1) the deemphasis on the Training & Experience (T&E) approaches, which have been heavily criticized, and (2) a movement away from the Rule of 3 to […]

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Workforce and Succession Planning

March 30, 2010

A local Hudson author, Jeffrey Gross has tapped his consulting experience to put together an excellent guide to strategic workforce and succession planning. The book is Workforce Planning: 90 Day Action Plan Handbook.  What I like about this guide is that it is practical, organized, and presents a step by step approach. Many organizations put […]

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Integrity Test Follow Up

March 28, 2010

Recently, a reader followed up to an old post on integrity tests with two questions:  How do we know that integrity tests are reliable?How are the reliability of integrity tests measured? I thought it was an excellent question and integrity tests represent an interesting area of HR assessment. Integrity tests can be divided into two […]

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OFCCP Report

February 9, 2010

The OFCCP is a federal agency that enforces employment discrimination laws for those organizations receiving federal funds. The Center for Corporate Equality (CCE) has released its annual report summarizing enforcement results developed by the U.S. Department of Laborâs Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) on their equal employment and affirmative action requirements. The report, A […]

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A New Blog on Assessment

January 20, 2010

For the more technically oriented reader in the audience, with a specific interest in advanced topics in assessment – there is a new blog out there. It can be found at It is a product of Assessment System Corporation. They do a lot of good work in the area of computerized testing.

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A Random Rant on Testing

November 22, 2009

In order to give this rant some context – it was in response to an exchange regarding testing, and possible faking of responses, in public sector employment testing. Thus, leading to my complete change of topic and rant:

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