Pipeline Management: Utilizing Assessments in the Screening Process

Pipeline Management: Utilizing Assessments in the Screening Process

There are many different types of assessments that recruiters can use during the recruiting process. In today’s session, we’ll talk about how they can be used in the process and when.

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This event is part of the “Let’s Talk Recruiting” series where a panel of recruiting practitioners get together online and have a conversation on a variety of topics related to corporate recruiting.


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Our Panelists…

Name & LinkedIn Profile Group Title Company
Mark Wollin TA Leaders Associate Director, Technical Recruiting SiriusXM
Roseanne Donohue Recruiting NYC Senior Talent Acquisition Manager, North America Radware
Simone Press Recruiting LA Senior Director, Talent Acquisition CyberGRX
Steven Rosenblum Principal Level 5 Partners

Chat Messages from the Session…

10:05:26 >> Matt Englund : I wasn’t aware of legal issues around assessments in certain states

10:05:37 >> Daniella McDonald : In my last position we would send the assessment after the initial phone screen. and then review the results with the hiring manager along with the screening notes.

10:05:52 >> Daniella McDonald : We used PI.

10:06:23 >> Daniella McDonald : All roles would take them.

10:07:40 >> Mark Wollin : yes, if you have a Legal team, you might want to check with them, before utilizing certain assessments, and when you include such a thing in the process.  Our Legal team is very adverse to utilizing assessments prior to any SXM contact from a real person, due to some of the legalities involved

10:07:48 >> dawn losinger : how are homemade assessments validated?

10:07:51 >> JEFFRY ULLMAN : Thanks for the webinar and topic.  I have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Magna Cum Laude, and

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Summa Cum Laude. But I am not good at very limited timed tests. I was rejected for a role because I did not pass a 15 min timed math/word test. I told the recruiter that was not realistic and that they were going to pass on a good candidate based on 15 min test. The recruiter told me that was corporate  policy so I was rejected…I know life is not fair….but this seems way too rigid… panelists thoughts….

10:09:45 >> Daniella McDonald : And shouldn’t all candidates for the same role take the same assessment, not just one or two candidates.

10:10:00 >> Mark Wollin : My first job out of my undergraduate program (many years back), utilized the Wonderlic test, which is similar to what you are talking about in a timed test to see how many correct responses are received.  I didn’t find issue with it at the time, but would not recommend such an approach as a first step nowadays

10:11:00 >> Jay Barrow   to   All panelists : Are your organizations using behavioral/personality assessments and how much hiring infaces does their “score” play in hiring that individual?

10:11:22 >> Sean Rehder   to   Jay Barrow and all panelists : jay..can you switch to include attendees also

10:12:12 >> Daniella McDonald : yes, definitely part of the process, not the only determination.

10:12:30 >> Daniella McDonald : That’s not inclusive.

10:13:23 >> Mark Wollin : Daniella, yes, if you are testing one person at a certain point in the interview process, you should do the same with all candidates at that same step of the process.  If you don’t, you can run into legal issues around potential discrimination

10:13:58 >> Daniella McDonald : Thank you, Mark.

10:16:43 >> Daniella McDonald : Agreed Roseanne.

10:17:55 >> Susan Landon : We use Predictive Index too and we’re very happy with it so far

10:18:49 >> Dang Hua : We use PI as well and it’s a good tool in the selection process

10:20:13 >> Glenn Murani : Those personality type of assessments are very valuable when the candidate takes the assessment during the interview process – because it gives the hiring manager an opportunity to speak with the candidate in the event there are any questions resulting from the assessment so the hiring manager can dig deeper into those questionable areas.

10:21:47 >> Susan Landon : We provide the PI report to everyone person who takes it, wether they are hired or not. It’s a very enlightening report

10:23:45 >> Daniella McDonald : We did not provide results to candidates. Most people did not ask.

10:25:41 >> Susan Landon : The PI report that we send doesn’t mention the match with the job. That piece is in the PI software

10:28:07 >> Susan Landon : With PI, the report has a unique ID number that you can use if you’re asked to take it again

10:28:38 >> Brooke Wheeler : I’ve used a behavioral assessment that sent every candidate a Strengths Report that was a good positive tool, but not the entire report we see on our end.   I thought it was a good middle ground! 

10:30:09 >> Daniella McDonald : Sometimes the results might be a bit different though. It might ask questions about how you’re feeling in your current situation so depending on where you are or your thoughts then it could be different and not relevant to another job.

10:30:38 >> Steven Rosenblum : If you’d like to connect with me, please feel free to send a LinkedIn invite! www.linkedin.com/in/stevenrosenblum

10:32:18 >> Roseanne Donohue : linkedin.com/in/talentacquisitiondirector

10:32:39 >> Glenn Murani : When we hire candidates for senior level IT roles we have candidates do a presentation (towards the end of the interview process) on a topic in front of a handful of people in the audience – it is an interactive session – it has been very successful for us.

10:38:41 >> Simone Press : Let’s all connect! Ping me with any follow up questions or queries 🙂 https://www.linkedin.com/in/simone-press/

10:41:23 >> Mark Wollin : I am also an open connector, should anyone want to connect!

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-wollin-mba-sphr-shrm-scp-3242b12/

Some of the attendees…

Name & LinkedIn Profile Group Title Company
Tracey Jerdine Senior Talent Acquisition Partner CIBC US
Martin Hancock Sr. Technical Recruiter Alteryx
Eileen Beno Senior HR Business Partner Fermilab
Dang Hua Senior Manager Talent Acquisition Opus Bank
David Palileo Senior Recruiting Manager Tableau Software
Zach Elder TA Manager FIS Global
Erin Doucet Executive Talent Acquisition Lead, Strategy & Incubation, Finance, Marketing and Corporate Affairs XPO Logistics, Inc.
Scott Stevenson Vice President, Human Resources and Board Member USAA
Joe Lorono Manager, Staffing Programs San Francisco Health Plan
Jennifer Shedd Director, Talent Acquisition Artesana Consulting
Denise Ward Technical Recruiter Wunderlich-Malec Engineering
Felix Barrientos Recruiter II Charter Communications
Katherine Amato Senior Corporate Recruiter Guitar Center
Thelma Hicks Consulting Principal Recruiter Ichor Systems
Andy Pittaluga Recruiting Boston Technical Recruiter Bose
Michelle McKnight Recruiting LA Recruitment Lead, Corporate Functions, Marketing & Sales Herbalife
Matt Englund Recruiting Minneapolis Talent Acquisition Leader Nerdery
Marita Arevalo Recruiting Seattle Senior Healthcare Recruiter-Diversity Channels Aegis Living
Wendy Vandel TA Leaders Health Services Recruiter Washington State Department of Corrections
Susan Landon TA Leaders Associate Vice President of Talent Acquisition Help USA
JoDee Klinker TA Leaders Director of Talent Acquisition Carson Group
Melissa Rutledge TA Leaders Talent Acquisition Director Point B
Victor Apkarian TA Leaders Director Talent Acquisition RGP
Daniella McDonald TA Leaders Manager, Talent Acquisition WorkCare, Inc.
Ravijeet Tokala TA Leaders Director, HR & Talent Acquisition Optym
Jessica Burgess TA Leaders Director, Talent Acquisition-North America WE Communications
Dawn Losinger TA Leaders Director, Talent Acquisition and Management - Acting Head of HR Precision BioSciences, Inc.
Jay Barrow TA Leaders Manager, Talent Acquisition C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
Sean Fennelly TA Leaders Director, Talent Acquisition Cole Haan
Linda Carter TA Leaders Talent Acquisition Partner Giesecke+Devrient
Glenn Murani TA Leaders Director of Talent Acquisition BioTelemetry, Inc.
Brooke Wheeler TA Leaders Director Talent Acquisition MerchantE

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